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Thirteen Moons
album - release date 12/02/2021


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"Thanks for stopping by today! I always intended to remaster my album 13 Moons when I first released it back in 2013. As we emerged from the recession I'd needed a new CD to sell at my gigs, so put it all together and got back on the road. Then, with constant gigging, 2 more quick albums, moving house a lot (long story), designing and building a Permaculture garden and btw ending up doing all right playing small venues around the UK but... knowing... all the while... I needed to go back and finish Thirteen Moons! That annus horribilis of the pandemic definitely gave me the push I needed - because I couldn't gig anyway.

So... now it's done :-)


"With many tracks being totally remixed with new parts plus guest performances added, and finally compiling into a new running order to reflect the album's theme of humanity's future on this fragile planet, the project grew way beyond a simple remastering job and I hope you enjoy the results."   -   James 11/02/2021

The complete album can be downloaded from iTunes, and it's also downloadable from Bandcamp (who offer high quality music files of various formats) plus, of course, all major Streaming platforms, including as a YouTube Playlist.  CD options below!

So especially today, please listen in on Spotify (it's free!) so we can all nudge the AI Algorithm so it'll notice a so-called 'spike in activity'! Its name is BART, apparently :-) You can put in a good word for me with BART by following me and also by adding my song to your Spotify Playlist.

Thanks for listening! Be careful out there :-)




Click to hear Thirteen Moons on iTunes






Thirteen Moons is also now streamable as a YouTube Music Playlist
And just in case you might enjoy a Lyric Video for the second single from the album, Breathing It In, there's  one  here - yr welcome:











Limited Edition Hardback Linen CD's


 
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For a short time, the album is available as a very special Limited Edition vinyl-effect CD - housed in Linen Hardback Digipaks, with magnetic closure, in a choice of cream or red fine linen, or 'sand weft' coarse linen, all enclosing a 7-page lyric art booklet. Every order gets a souvenir Thirteen Moons Ale Beermat - while they last!

These unique CD's are available now for 20 + 1.50 UK
via Paypal to james@jameshollingsworth.com
 - please include your chosen colour and address as a reference! :-)

(visit Bandcamp for overseas postage)

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No frills CDR's with ink-stamped sleeves are available for 5.


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Buy your unique hand-drawn copy of '13 Moons'
in plain card sleeve (above) direct from James securely online with Paypal for 10.












LYRIC Gallery



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Collaborations on the album




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Thirteen Moons was written and recorded mostly by James, but importantly it also features the awesome talents of more collaborators than ever before on one of James' albums. Including the first single from the album, arranged and recorded with JEBO :

Far Away From Home:
Rob Allen (guitars)
Jeff France (drums)
Nicholas O'Neill (keys + backing harmony vocals)
Lawrie Jones (bass)

Mixed by James Hollingsworth with help from John Burns.  Honourable mention to Ali Chant at Toybox Studios - who laid the tracks to tape.






The track-list below shows personnel for each song, starting with Bristol-based songwriter and multi-media guru Jason Flinter, Jackie Spindley, who wrote the lyrics for Breathing It In. Then, of course, Sean McBride on Sax and Flute accompanied by Sandro Granda with his intuitive percussion on Faster than Light and Cheryl Louise, who added suitably relaxed drums to Privately Minded.


1. Breathing it in (by Jason Flinter and Jackie Spindley)
2. Sea of Enrichment (with Jason Flinter)
3. Still Lights up the Rain (live at St Georges Hall)
4. Some Say (live loop)
5. Faster than Light (with Sean McBride (flute), Sandro Granda (percussion), 2007)
6. In your own Time (live loop)
7. Rumi (from Eight Your Nature)
8. Mothership   (with the WESST Stroud Class of 2012 Choir)
9. Privately Minded  (with Jason Flinter, feat. Cheryl Louise (drums), Sean McBride (Sax)
10. Saturn Ruin (live loop - featuring Steve Griffiths on additional Roland Juno 6)
11. Way Down South (Remastered - originally from Coming Home To Stay)
12. Clouds Begin their Reign (by Jason Flinter)
13. Far away from Home (performed by JEBO).











The album's title derives from there being 13 Moon cycles in one year, following on from James' numerologically inspired album cycle, which began in 2007 with Seventh String.













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The album opens with the bright pop-rock sound of 'Breathing it in'. The remixed version subverts the radio-friendly mood of the song with a long fade out as if the whole planet is fading out into its own dream.

I mean - business-as-usual was hurting the Earth, right? And since we're part of Nature, it was hurting us too. That's long-term thinking - kind of unfashionable, I know, but I'm hoping we see a resurgence soon ;-)

Nobody seemed to be adopting the song so James stepped in to create the final mix for the album.


Both 'Privately Minded' and 'Sea of Enrichment' were co-written by James and Jason.

"Privately Minded was originally twice the tempo of the version that appears here, but by a quirk of serendipity some audio-conversion-glitch created a slower version which had the right appeal for the kind of album I had in mind for Thirteen Moons".



'Clouds Begin their Reign' was written by Jason with James' voice in mind, an original tribute (the pun in the song's title included!) to the great Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Rush. James was delighted to be invited to sing, long having been a fan of the band.



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The 2007 version of James' often-requested Faster than Light was recorded with Sean McBride (flute), Sandro Granda (percussion) - this is the definitive mix of this infinite journey.


There are some Live Loop songs on the album, showcasing the Boomerang III Phrase Sampler, including Saturn Ruin with additional Roland Juno 6 by Steve Griffiths.


Finally, to close the album, a majestic version of Far away from Home recorded with rock band JEBO - note that this version was mixed by James with executive assistance from legendary producer/engineer John Burns (Genesis, Toots and the Maytals etc).



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