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« on: November 15, 2020, 12:40:45 PM »

Anyone know?
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2020, 03:10:07 PM »

Anyone know?

Brian probably does.
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2020, 07:34:03 PM »

It's a good question... who even knows if he is still writing!
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2020, 06:49:27 PM »

Let's ask him.
I'm sure he's working on that rock and roll album.
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« Reply #4 on: December 13, 2020, 02:54:45 AM »

Well, there was supposed to be a new solo album out by Blondie Chaplin this year (?) and IIRC Brian is on it. Don't know about any more recent activity. My guess is that he probably is writing if he has any ideas (because that's what he does), but since there seems to be no contract or dateline to release anything, he probably is just taking it slow. Plus I don't know how the Covid-19 rules affect recording studios. Of course it would be easy nowadays to record in different places but I don't think that's the way Brian works.
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« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2020, 08:31:23 AM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2020, 06:49:54 AM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.

I mean the guy is pushing 80 and he's been looking pretty frail these days.  No idea if he's even working on anything but I'd love to be pleasantly surprised.   
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2020, 08:53:48 AM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.

Pretty sure he did some recording for the upcoming documentary. A few songs at least.
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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2020, 10:27:40 AM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.

Pretty sure he did some recording for the upcoming documentary. A few songs at least.

A cover of Long Promised Road was confirmed, but it is probably a few years old at this point.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2020, 01:12:06 PM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.

I assume that was related to the parts Brian recorded for Kesha, Janelle Monae, and perhaps the Long Promised Road documentary.

I think Brian has pretty much retired from recording his own new stuff and the completion of "Run James Run" was sort of a farewell to that kind of thing.

Apparently there was a definitive "no" to any new BB reunion recording.
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« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2020, 07:34:07 PM »

There has been the odd social media post during the last few years showing him singing in the studio or something like that and Iím not sure that the outcome of all those sessions has been revealed. It does seem that he has been less active more recently though in fact Iím not sure how long ago the last post of this kind was.

Pretty sure he did some recording for the upcoming documentary. A few songs at least.

A cover of Long Promised Road was confirmed, but it is probably a few years old at this point.

I thought Honeycomb was also discussed, or if not at least it was mentioned that Brian plays it during the documentary.
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« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2020, 07:42:31 PM »

For the Long Promised Road doc, Brian recorded covers of Honeycomb, I Hear You Knockin', Johnny B. Goode, and Long Promised Road, the latter with Blondie Chaplin and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. I assume they're waiting for the documentary to be released. According to the director, Brian and Jim James also cowrote a song and sing it together on the recording.
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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2020, 01:26:19 AM »

For the Long Promised Road doc, Brian recorded covers of Honeycomb, I Hear You Knockin', Johnny B. Goode, and Long Promised Road, the latter with Blondie Chaplin and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. I assume they're waiting for the documentary to be released. According to the director, Brian and Jim James also cowrote a song and sing it together on the recording.


Really?! I didn't know that. Have those been confirmed. Now there's some of Brian's idea of a Rock'n'Roll album right there.
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2020, 02:32:27 AM »

I doubt he's doing much work these days. Would absolutely love a new Christmas song.
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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2020, 05:30:00 AM »

Canít wait to hear Honeycomb, thatís a tune thatís been kicking around since the days of Spring! And I Hear You Knockin is a great song, Dave Edmunds became a favorite of mine when he covered it!
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« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2020, 08:17:11 AM »

I doubt he's doing much work these days. Would absolutely love a new Christmas song.

There are obviously many, many Christmas songs to mine, but Brian has essentially cut two albums' worth of Christmas songs in the last 20 years. The whole 2005 album, plus almost an album's worth of internet exclusive downloads and whatnot. I don't particularly need something new, unless perhaps he arranged something and had Al sing it (which might be better than the pleasant but innocuous Christmas tracks Al has cut in recent years: "Hurry Up Hurry Up Santa Claus" and "Sunshine to Snowflakes").
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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2020, 08:17:32 AM »

Canít wait to hear Honeycomb, thatís a tune thatís been kicking around since the days of Spring! And I Hear You Knockin is a great song, Dave Edmunds became a favorite of mine when he covered it!



I wonder if "I hear you knockin'" is a mix up and the actual song is "Keep a knocking". The latter one was played by Brian and his band at a couple of shows, hence my guess. But of course it's also possible that he recorded "I hear you knockin'".
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« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2020, 12:04:57 PM »

For the Long Promised Road doc, Brian recorded covers of Honeycomb, I Hear You Knockin', Johnny B. Goode, and Long Promised Road, the latter with Blondie Chaplin and Jim James from My Morning Jacket. I assume they're waiting for the documentary to be released. According to the director, Brian and Jim James also cowrote a song and sing it together on the recording.


Really?! I didn't know that. Have those been confirmed. Now there's some of Brian's idea of a Rock'n'Roll album right there.
Yep, the first four in ESQ and the last one by the director himself. Although he didn't offer any details other than it's a "beautiful" new song written just for the documentary.
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« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2020, 07:58:27 PM »

I doubt he's doing much work these days. Would absolutely love a new Christmas song.

There are obviously many, many Christmas songs to mine, but Brian has essentially cut two albums' worth of Christmas songs in the last 20 years. The whole 2005 album, plus almost an album's worth of internet exclusive downloads and whatnot. I don't particularly need something new, unless perhaps he arranged something and had Al sing it (which might be better than the pleasant but innocuous Christmas tracks Al has cut in recent years: "Hurry Up Hurry Up Santa Claus" and "Sunshine to Snowflakes").

He should produce Blondie singing "Oh Holy Night" - that was a highlight of their Christmas tour two years ago!
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« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2020, 06:54:28 PM »

I had asked this on another thread:
Anyone know when Brian recorded his version of Carlís ďHeavenĒ just made available online?
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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2020, 01:16:52 AM »

I had asked this on another thread:
Anyone know when Brian recorded his version of Carlís ďHeavenĒ just made available online?

Off the top of my head, and I may be completely wrong, I feel it was either 2007 or 2008, on Carlís birthday. Those years when Brian would release random songs right on his website were really awesome.
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« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2020, 05:55:01 AM »

The whole thing was recorded December 20, 2007. It was available for download the next day for Carl's birthday.
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« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2020, 08:43:34 AM »

I remember Brian's spoken word message before the song kicks in, in which he wished people Merry Christmas and acknowledged what would have been Carl's 61st birthday.
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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2020, 10:11:08 AM »

 Thanks! :-)
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« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2020, 07:55:32 PM »

The whole thing was recorded December 20, 2007. It was available for download the next day for Carl's birthday.

That explains why he sounds great on this!! Itís unfortunate that his voice has gone down over the past few years.
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