No Matter the Battle + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt II)

A sequel of sorts, part deux, of Allison Crowe’s other-worldly musical adventures aboard the S.S. Méliès. Happy Valentine’s, Happy V-Day, everyone! May there be peace and love – to the Moon and back.

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Going Home Tonight + Le Voyage dans la Lune (Excerpt I)

Next in our romantic double-bill, home is wherever the heart is – for musician Allison Crowe, orchestrator Kayla Schmah, and movie magician Georges Méliès and all of us aboard for the ride.

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Why v2

And, so, “Spiral” closes with this cover of the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart) song “Why“. Allison Crowe – voice, guitar, engineer & Kayla Schmah – orchestrator, string arranger, producer. “This is how I feel…”

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silence (82 seconds of) + Throw Your Arms Around Me v2

BBC Radio’s ‘Desert Island Discs‘ speaks with Maurice Hopper, of Exeter, UK. As a peace observer, he carried eight pieces of music to the Middle East. Transferring music from CD to computer some spaces in between got lost. “It emphasized the huge importance of silence in musical performances,” he says. This track is a “silence” break before encore, “producer’s cut”, versions on “Spiral“.

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On this, a second version of the Hunters & Collectors’ anthem Throw Your Arms Around Me on Allison Crowe’s “Spiral” album, producer Kayla Schmah’s mix enriches the encore – bringing Allison’s vocals to the fore – after they’d been immersed in the pub-style-group-sing-along that wraps the first. Building up to one more, final, gorgeous, song production…

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No Matter the Battle

“I still hold secrets”, Allison Crowe declares at the outset of “No Matter the Battle“. But, it’s a different journey from that which inspired her debut full-length album five years earlier. Allison and the full band, including strings/orchestration from Kayla Schmah, close out this set on her “Spiral” album exultantly.

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Going Home Tonight

The first songs bringing Allison Crowe, (voice, piano, composer, engineer) and Kayla Schmah, (orchestrator, string arranger, producer), together on “Spiral” were “Why” and “Going Home Tonight“. It’s an inspired and gorgeous combination from the start.

This vid…

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rolls from Pretzel Motors, shop of Axel Dollheiser, Allison’s friend, driver, and oft-times road manager, to the home of Rubenesque Records, Allison’s label – on Salt Spring Island, Canada.

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Why

Paris Voice declares Allison Crowe “One of the best interpreters to come along since Joe Cocker.” And, in 40+ years since Cocker made his name, no artist combines such interpretative powers with original song-writing talent in one amazing voice. Crowe brings new emotional colours to the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart) pop classic “Why” – joined by Kayla Schmah’s simply beautiful string arrangement.

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Throw Your Arms Around Me

Throw Your Arms Around Me” on a sing-along-Sunday, in the sunshine – or anything. Australia’s “Hunters & Collectors” created this anthem, and, here, Canada’s Allison Crowe (voice, piano, engineer), the band, Billie Woods (acoustic guitar, bgs), Dave Baird (bass, bgs), Laurent Boucher (percussion), engineer Larry Anschell and producer Kayla Schmah bring the love from down under to all over.

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Spiral

Allison Crowe and the same musical team that came together for the gentle “Oceans” dive into rocky territory with the album title song, “Spiral“. The character of Allison’s 100+ year-old upright grand piano is also a key element.

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I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know“: another rediscovery for Allison Crowe’s “Spiral” is this song, which prior to this album/CD release had been performed only once – on Denman Island, Canada, in 2006. Audio archivist John MacMillan preserved the song and it’s an ideal fit for Allison’s passionate vocals and piano wedded to Kayla Schmah’s urgently beautiful string arrangements and orchestration.

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