Prefab Sprout were signed by Keith Armstrong's Kitchenware Records in March 1983, after Armstrong heard their music played in the Newcastle branch of HMV he managed Their debut album, Swoon, was released on the Kitchenware label in March 1984. The following album, the Thomas Dolby-produced Steve McQueen, (released in America as Two Wheels Good after McQueen's estate expressed their displeasure with the title) was highly praised by critics. In 2001 the band released The Gunman and Other Stories, a concept album themed on the American Wild West. The opening track "Cowboy Dreams" was a hit for the British actor-singer Jimmy Nail.
Steve McQueen is the second studio album by English pop band Prefab Sprout, released in June 1985 by Kitchenware Records. The album was released by CBS in the United States as Two Wheels Good due to a legal conflict with the estate of American actor Steve McQueen. The album cover references Steve McQueen's lifelong passion for Triumph motorcycles and the 1963 film The Great Escape, starring McQueen and featuring prominent motorcycle chase scenes (with stunts performed by himself on a Triumph motorcycle).
Band Name Prefab Sprout. Album Name The Gunman and Other Stories. Data de lançamento Junho 2001. 7. When You Get To Know Me Better.
The album holds other surprises for the longtime Prefab Sprout fan; for one thing, backing vocalist Wendy Smith is absent, having left the group after the birth of her first child, and for another, it’s a Western-themed concept album. Actually, though, this last shouldn’t be too surprising, as singer/songwriter Paddy McAloon has had a thing for the American West as far back as the 1984 single Don’t Sing, and has always shown a love of traditional country music, as on Prefab Sprout’s 1985 cover of Jim Reeves’ He’ll Have to Go. That said, this album owes more to Jim Webb than Jim Reeves
The Gunman and Other Stories is the seventh studio album by the English pop band Prefab Sprout. Released in June 2001, the album was the band's only release for the EMI Liberty label. Following 1997 album Andromeda Heights and 1999 compilation 38 Carat Collection, Prefab Sprout conducted their first tour of the UK for 10 years. The success of the tour led singer and frontman Paddy McAloon to consider recording material for a new album.
Veteran producer Tony Visconti is a master of balancing orchestral parts with a rock rhythm section, and so The Gunman and Other Stories is considerably less airy than Andromeda Heights, which is not to say that it rocks out or anything. The lush arrangements and just-so embellishments of strings and reeds recall the polite sterility of Visconti's '70s heyday, but as always, the melodic richness and evocative lyrics of McAloon's songs keep them from being boring, middle-of-the-road pop.
Banjo – Eric WeissbergDouble Bass – Tony Visconti
|2||Wild Card In The Pack
Saxophone – Jim Campagnola*
|3||I'm A Troubled Man
Electric Guitar – Carlos AlomarElectric Guitar, Percussion – Tony Visconti
|4||The Streets Of Laredo / Not Long For This World
Arranged By [Traditional] – Paddy McAloonGuitar – Carlos AlomarProgrammed By – D.J. Salinger
|5||Love Will Find Someone For You
Guitar, Soloist – Jeff PevarRhythm Guitar, Percussion – Tony ViscontiSlide Guitar – Carlos AlomarSynthesizer – Jordan Rudes*
Electric Guitar – Carlos Alomar
|7||When You Get To Know Me Better
Percussion – Tony ViscontiSteel Guitar [Lap] – Jeff Pevar
Mandolin – Jeff Pevar
Acoustic Guitar – Jeff PevarElectric Guitar – Carlos AlomarProgrammed By – Tony Visconti
Backing Vocals – Joe HurleyDouble Bass, Backing Vocals – Tony Visconti
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