Tracklisting (click title for lyrics):
Alive, You’re a big girl now, Everything is coming up roses, Feel like change, Too many times, Leaving song, Better letting go, Don’t take the silence too hard, Wonderful life, I can laugh about it now, Sweetest smile, Fly up to the moon
Featuring Lady Black along with Concorde Nkabinde on bass guitar & Barry Van Zyl on drums.
Despite saying that touring solo and acoustic terrified him, Colin played extensive acoustic gigs around 1999-2002. “There’s nothing to hide behind,” he said, “But the upside is that people can hear things more clearly. I’ve heard people laughing at the funny lines because they could hear the words for the first time. I’ve never had that before.”
In September 2001, Colin played three nights at the Bassline in Johannesburg, accompanied by Concord Nkabinde on bass and vocals, Barry van Zyl on drums and Lady Black on additional vocals. This CD captures Colin’s new acoustic concert sound, placing classic early album tracks like ‘Everything is coming up roses’ and ‘You’re a big girl now’ against more recent releases ‘Better letting go’ and ‘Alive’. It captures the spirit of the concerts, with an enthusiastic audience cheering the songs as they get going and ‘Sweetest Smile’ finishing in a thrashy acoustic guitar solo with Colin yelping over the top. Is Colin having fun yet? It sounds like it.
The album was released exclusively through colinvearncombe.com
Digital versions still available through usual suppliers (e.g iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon)