10 ottobre 2012

Attorno al nucleo Working Week, promettente capitolo jazz-dance inaugurato nel 1983 dal veterano sassofonista Larry Stabbins e dal chitarrista Simon Booth dopo comune esperienza nei Weekend, gravitarono inizialmente nomi di lustro della scena jazz britannica - perlopiù amici e colleghi di Stabbins, tra cui Harry Beckett, Ernest Mothle, Malcolm Griffiths, Annie Whitehead, Chris Biscoe, Guy Barker, Paul Nieman, Dave Bitelli - e in occasione dei singoli di debutto Venceremos-We Will Win e Storm of Light anche Tracey Thorn, Julie Tippetts e Robert Wyatt. Il primo album del gruppo, Working Nights, uscito per Virgin nel 1985, torna oggi d'attualità in un'edizione in doppio cd per Cherry Red Records arricchita di versioni alternative con estesi inserti strumentali, inediti, rarità e brani dal vivo.

Working Week were formed within the vanguard of London’s jazz-dance scene of the early 1980s. The collective revolved around Simon Booth and esteemed jazz musician Larry Stabbins (both previously with Rough Trade act Weekend), and singer Julie Roberts. Their debut single ‘Venceremos (We Will Win)’ boasted Tracey Thorn and Robert Wyatt on vocals and reached the Top 75. Julie Tippetts sang on the brooding follow-up ‘Storm Of Light’. Debut album Working Nights was one of the cult favourites of 1985, peaking at no. 23 on the charts and spawning several more singles. Working Nights has long been out-of-print and impossible to find on CD. This deluxe reissue finally introduces many of their non-album tracks and remixes to the digital format, including the bonus 12” ‘Stella Marina’ with a rap from Jalal of The Last Poets. Also includes two previously unissued live tracks.