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Artist:
Richard Hawley

Richard Hawley: Limited Clear Vinyl 3LP Bundle

£75.99

Release date: 21 July, 2023

UK Only

Richard Hawley:

Richard Hawley's eponymous debut was a mini album that featured seven songs and released in April 2001 through Setanta Records. It was supported by the single "Coming Home". While Hawley played "90% of the stuff" he was assisted by former Longpigs drummer Andy Cook and Colin Elliot, who became his long-term producer.
 
Clash Magazine described it as "a rather brief burst of seven mid-paced, ’50s-flecked moments of jangle.  Listening back now, it’s easy to spot the early signs of the grandeur that was to come, especially on standout  "Sunlight" amongst these tentative 22 and a half minutes". The cover of the album was shot in front of a bingo hall in Cleethorpes.

Late Night Final:

In 2001, Late Night Final, named after the cry of vendors selling the Sheffield Star evening newspaper on the streets of the city, was released to positive reviews from the press. Hawley later explained that prior to going into the sessions "all I'd got was the riff to "Baby, You're My Light" and that the majority of songs were written during the sessions. As an example he cited "The Nights Are Cold" that was done in one take after Cooke asked "look, we've got a gig tonight, are we doing this or what?".

Lowedges

Two years later Hawley released Lowedges, named after a suburb of the city. The NME called Lowedges the "first great album of 2003" and it topped an end-of-the-year poll held by Virgin Radio. Hawley later stated that "as those three records progressed you can see the band thing taking over more and more. By the time you get to Lowedges there's less of me playing everything and there's more of the guys. I was determined for it to be very ragged-arsed and not to be really polished and produced".

Label:
Setanta Records
Cat#:
941941445