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Tempest
The 10th Anniversary Compilation
Catalog #: MA-9034-2

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10th Anniversary
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01 – You Jacobites By Name
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02 – Queen of Agryll
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03 – Milligan's Fancy
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04 – Montara Bay
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05 – Hal-An-Tow
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06 – Top Of The Hill
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07 – Captain Morgan
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08 – A Kiss In The Morning Early
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09 – Heather On The Moor
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10 – Jenny Nettles
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11 – The House Carpenter
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12 – The Sleeping Highlander
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Released Jan 26, 1999

Celtic rock icons Tempest have marked an important milestone in the vagabond rock band's career: ten years and still ticking! Towards celebrating that end, Lief Sorbye and his troubadours have assembled a boisterous thank you, to the fans in the form of The 10th Anniversary Compilation. But in true Tempest fashion, the band has wrapped this present with a twist and a smile. Ten years is quite the time span for such a prolific act to celebrate, so the first point of business was to ask the band's fan base ("loyal and opinionated fan base", Lief adds with a laugh), which tracks to include, only stipulation being that these are to be crowd favourites from the band's increasingly collectible, pre-Magna Carta back catalogue.

Lief explains: "Well, this is the band's seventh release. And the first four releases (Bootleg, Serrated Edge, Surfing To Mecca and Sunken Treasures) were done on various independent labels and are now so obscure, they are impossible to get. A couple of them are out-of-print and the other ones have no distribution. But there were certain songs we did in the old days that people never stopped requesting. So we figured, hey, it's our 10th anniversary, why don't we give the fans what they want, which would help celebrate ten years as Tempest. Plus these songs have proved themselves to be audience favorites. They're almost singles. I don't want to call them catchy, but they are memorable and full of hooks, more verse/chorus than the material on Turn Of The Wheel and The Gravel Walk, which comprise longer, more progressive pieces and more heavy duty instrumental workouts. These songs are more in the folk rock genre; they communicate. When we do these live, you immediately see people singing along. It's great.

Second point of business was to take the celebration far beyond the usual meaning of 'compilation.' Having acquired both a new bass player (John Land) and guitarist (Dave Parnall), along with adding years of maturity and touring experience, Lief and crew decided to re-record these band classics from scratch. "I've been trying to get John in the band for years," explains an enthusiastic Lief. "and finally the timing was right so here he is. And Dave, well Dave came to us from New Mexico. He had played ethnic music, flamenco, and had been studying in Spain for a few years. He's been playing a lot of classical stuff, but his electric is inspired by people like Joe Satriani. So he's very note-intensive on that level. So for him to it was very easy picking up on the Celtic stuff because he could sight-read and was familiar with ethnic styles. He was able to jump right in and take over. We've been on the road for a few months, and he's made it his own, you know what I mean? When you join a band like Tempest, you have to take the material and make it your own, add your own interpretation and base it on the feel. And for me, since I've been running the band since day one, whenever we've had a line-up change, it's always been a healthy thing. It gives you an new injection of energy and inspiration because you get new viewpoints. So as long as when somebody leaves, we upgrade the line-up, it adds to the evolution." So this new, high-octane line-up dove into the vaults. "These tracks are way superior to the old recordings, much more mature" offers Lief. "It's all new arrangements, the new line-up, with Robert Berry producing. Whenever we work with Robert, we add more keyboard touches. So that gives it a little bit of flair. We also made the arrangements a little more sophisticated, whereas on the original recordings they're a bit square. We also wanted to give them a little bit of the new energy we've been developing with the new line-up, which in many ways is more capable of arranging and performing on a new level. The band's developed into a tighter and better performing unit, and we're more musical. So we've done better justice to the source material."

"When you make an album there is a lot of experimentation that goes on," Lief continues. "But this one was so streamlined because we already had the blueprints. We knew exactly what we were doing and how to go about it. It all sounded good because the material had proven itself already. So it,s a heck of a lot better way to make a greatest hits album than simply re- releasing the old masters, which always results in a more disjointed product. This was the album that made a lot of sense to do. "

And the source material is a Tempest treasure trove to be sure. 'Queen Of Argyll' was a surprise choice, even to Lief, as fans insistently tapped this one for the project, even though it was all but forgotten by the band itself. 'Captain Morgan' was a track the band thought they had retired in '92, only to have it show up on lists of fan faves. 'Montara Bay' however gets the biggest makeover. "Our new guitar player has a background in classical so he is featured on Spanish guitar and it's very, very different from the original version. With the other ones it's more like playing around with the structure a little bit, changing the time signatures, changes in tempos, a little more progressive and a little more sophisticated. We used the old recordings as blueprints and kind of hipped them up. It's all in the arrangements." Appropriately the last track is 'The Sleeping Highlander', a whirlwind of Celtic jiggery that is one of the band's favorite encore treats.

A turning point in the Tempest saga? Maybe. But there's no disputing Lief Sorbye and his merry-makers have marked the transition in thoughtful, passionate, ever thankful style. A celebration has been dutifully appointed. Send in your RSVP, belly up to the bar, and join the festivities . . .

 



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