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Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers - My Lucky Day (plus Bonus 6-Track EP)

Jack Howard & The Long Lost Brothers - My Lucky Day (plus Bonus 6-Track EP)
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Jack Howard played trumpet with Hunters and Collectors. Now he steps out on his own with the mighty Long Lost Brothers.


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Track Listing
1. Let Me Live 
2. Will You Wait 
3. All I Really Want Is You
4. Simple Yet Sacred 
5. I Have Counted The Ways 
6. Faraway
7. My Lucky Day 
8. Sailing Home 
9. Dial-a-prayer 
10. The Red Rose 
11. I Am Lost
12. The Letter
13. Don't Fade Away 
14. Restlessness
15. A Toast To Our Good Fortune
16. Wiseguy Waltz
17. Sweet Hand of Mercy
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

 

 


 

  More info & Reviews

 Since the demise of Hunters and Collectors in 1998, Jack Howard has been pursuing a fiercely independent musical path, producing three fine CD’s and effectively creating his own music scene based around a small, local base in Elwood, Melbourne.

In 2004, Jack released the critically acclaimed “Let’s Fall In Love”. It was described as “an unexpected treasure” in Rhythms Magazine and The Age’s E.G. praised its “highly impressive song-writing”.

2007 sees the release of Jack’s most assured CD to date, “My Lucky Day”. The wonderful Long Lost Brothers’ sound has taken on an added richness with the addition of Ed Bates on pedal steel, the H & C-style brass section of French horn, trombone and trumpet; and the gorgeous backing vocals of Dan Hall and Heather Michael.

Like the acclaimed “Let’s Fall In Love”, “My Lucky Day” once again demonstrates the strength and the breadth of Jack’s song-writing. The songs range from the gorgeous pop of “Will You Wait” to the low-down growl of “My Lucky Day”. Included with this release is a bonus 6-track EP, the haunting and intimate “Don’t Fade Away”, recorded with guitarist John Berto, in March 2006.

 Jack Howard has played with some of the biggest names on the Australian music scene (Midnight Oil, Pete Murray and The Living End to name a few) and he was inducted into the ARIA Hall-Of-Fame in 2005; but it’s in his own powerfully expressive music that he finds full voice. It’s worth discovering for yourself. 


"A few familiar chords into opening track Let Me Live and one could be forgiven for thinking it’s Hunters & Collectors circa Human Frailty all over again. And this is no bad thing…if the rest of trumpeter extraordinaire Jack Howard’s third full solo release tilted its hat to retrospective sentiment then swags of the remaining faithful would feel satisfied. But this is no indulgent wander down memory lane, no pub-rock training run. Rather, My Lucky Day (and the accompanying six-track EP Don’t Fade Away) is a superb, assured and contemporary collection of blissful pop, bluesy rock, Latin-tinged shuffles and poignant, melancholic sketches. Sure, the instrumentation and atmospherics provide a point of difference to Howard’s old gang, particularly with the inclusion of Ed Bates on pedal steel, but that’s a great disservice to Howard, whose songwriting must now rank beside those with far mightier compositional reputations.

 
Beautifully produced, My Lucky Day alternately soothes and skips along, coloured with sweet harmonies and, naturally, brass flourishes – Howard on trumpet, Russell Davis on French horn and David Mowat on trombone. On a remarkably consistent album, two tracks above all else testify to the delights contained within. The first, Will You Wait,seems simple enough at first, a gentle lovers’ ode over picked notes and pedal sweeps, but is then effortlessly transformed by gorgeous harmonies and chord progressions from heaven, not to mention a patented Howard trumpet pattern. The second, Sailing Home, is far and away the record’s standout piece. Over a hypnotic guitar run and mesmerising, mournful brass (“trumpet doubled with a trumpet detuned down the octave” says Jack), the song is a timeless on-the-road tale of return and lament: Further on to Corangamite and Wendouree / Ghosts everywhere in the roadside stops / And the cattle yards / Oh I’m sailing home to you…
 
Interestingly, the bonus EP with Howard accompanied only by guitarist John Berto manages to compliment the fully-backed preceding album and yet provide its own intimate rewards. Percussion-free and loose-limbed, the material is quieter, darker and utterly beguiling, with the haunting and powerful Restlessness a particular highlight. Howard sparked the critics’ interest with 2004’s Let’s Fall In Love. One would hope My Lucky Day will find a wider audience as this is one of the great unexpected pleasures of the year."

EJ Cartledge -Inpress
 

 You can visit his website or e-mail him at jackhoward@iprimus.com.au


 

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Jack Howard played trumpet with Hunters and Collectors. Now he steps out on his own with the mighty Long Lost Brothers.


 *****AUTOGRAPHED COPY*****     

 

Track Listing
1. Let Me Live 
2. Will You Wait 
3. All I Really Want Is You
4. Simple Yet Sacred 
5. I Have Counted The Ways 
6. Faraway
7. My Lucky Day 
8. Sailing Home 
9. Dial-a-prayer 
10. The Red Rose 
11. I Am Lost
12. The Letter
13. Don't Fade Away 
14. Restlessness
15. A Toast To Our Good Fortune
16. Wiseguy Waltz
17. Sweet Hand of Mercy
Click on above buttons to hear samples of select tracks

 

 


 

  More info & Reviews

 Since the demise of Hunters and Collectors in 1998, Jack Howard has been pursuing a fiercely independent musical path, producing three fine CD’s and effectively creating his own music scene based around a small, local base in Elwood, Melbourne.

In 2004, Jack released the critically acclaimed “Let’s Fall In Love”. It was described as “an unexpected treasure” in Rhythms Magazine and The Age’s E.G. praised its “highly impressive song-writing”.

2007 sees the release of Jack’s most assured CD to date, “My Lucky Day”. The wonderful Long Lost Brothers’ sound has taken on an added richness with the addition of Ed Bates on pedal steel, the H & C-style brass section of French horn, trombone and trumpet; and the gorgeous backing vocals of Dan Hall and Heather Michael.

Like the acclaimed “Let’s Fall In Love”, “My Lucky Day” once again demonstrates the strength and the breadth of Jack’s song-writing. The songs range from the gorgeous pop of “Will You Wait” to the low-down growl of “My Lucky Day”. Included with this release is a bonus 6-track EP, the haunting and intimate “Don’t Fade Away”, recorded with guitarist John Berto, in March 2006.

 Jack Howard has played with some of the biggest names on the Australian music scene (Midnight Oil, Pete Murray and The Living End to name a few) and he was inducted into the ARIA Hall-Of-Fame in 2005; but it’s in his own powerfully expressive music that he finds full voice. It’s worth discovering for yourself. 


"A few familiar chords into opening track Let Me Live and one could be forgiven for thinking it’s Hunters & Collectors circa Human Frailty all over again. And this is no bad thing…if the rest of trumpeter extraordinaire Jack Howard’s third full solo release tilted its hat to retrospective sentiment then swags of the remaining faithful would feel satisfied. But this is no indulgent wander down memory lane, no pub-rock training run. Rather, My Lucky Day (and the accompanying six-track EP Don’t Fade Away) is a superb, assured and contemporary collection of blissful pop, bluesy rock, Latin-tinged shuffles and poignant, melancholic sketches. Sure, the instrumentation and atmospherics provide a point of difference to Howard’s old gang, particularly with the inclusion of Ed Bates on pedal steel, but that’s a great disservice to Howard, whose songwriting must now rank beside those with far mightier compositional reputations.

 
Beautifully produced, My Lucky Day alternately soothes and skips along, coloured with sweet harmonies and, naturally, brass flourishes – Howard on trumpet, Russell Davis on French horn and David Mowat on trombone. On a remarkably consistent album, two tracks above all else testify to the delights contained within. The first, Will You Wait,seems simple enough at first, a gentle lovers’ ode over picked notes and pedal sweeps, but is then effortlessly transformed by gorgeous harmonies and chord progressions from heaven, not to mention a patented Howard trumpet pattern. The second, Sailing Home, is far and away the record’s standout piece. Over a hypnotic guitar run and mesmerising, mournful brass (“trumpet doubled with a trumpet detuned down the octave” says Jack), the song is a timeless on-the-road tale of return and lament: Further on to Corangamite and Wendouree / Ghosts everywhere in the roadside stops / And the cattle yards / Oh I’m sailing home to you…
 
Interestingly, the bonus EP with Howard accompanied only by guitarist John Berto manages to compliment the fully-backed preceding album and yet provide its own intimate rewards. Percussion-free and loose-limbed, the material is quieter, darker and utterly beguiling, with the haunting and powerful Restlessness a particular highlight. Howard sparked the critics’ interest with 2004’s Let’s Fall In Love. One would hope My Lucky Day will find a wider audience as this is one of the great unexpected pleasures of the year."

EJ Cartledge -Inpress
 

 You can visit his website or e-mail him at jackhoward@iprimus.com.au


 

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