A sunshine children's fantasy produced by Richard Preston &
All tracks marked * are original Louis Philippe compositions.
The team that had produced Algebra
Spaghetti and Songs for the Jet Set, Vol. 2 was reunited
in the summer of 1999 for this Mike Alway-inspired project. Louis
wrote 5 new tunes, arranged the lot and played more or less everything
on the whole album, a panorama of "children's psychedelia"
as it somehow exists in Mr. Alway's mind. King of Luxembourg fans
will notice the presence amongst the vocalists of one Simon Turner
(aka Monday Sinclair, one of the more debonair of his numerous incarnations).
Louis had a bit more say in the final selection of tracks, which
explains the presence of a cover of one of his all-time favourite
singles, Mrs. Bluebird by Eternity's Children, which Konichi
of Pizzicato 5 had played to him 12 years before in Tokyo. Many
of the basic tracks were recorded at Arnos Grove studio, the property
of Greek-Anglo-Irish bouzouki wizard George Hadjineophytou, who
plays the mean mandola line that opens Porpoise Song (originally
by the Monkees) as well as a variety of strange-looking plucked
intruments on the record. Richard Preston then took over the production
and mixing at Camden's Sound Suite studio, which has become a home
from home for Louis and him over the past 3 years.
Listen to/download Mrs Bluebird
from this album