From The Vaults: Mermaids, Libertines & Doomed Romantics

This very ramshackle Half Moon All Stars album, also featuring (my) local favourites Jessica Law and Sam Taplin, was put together way back in 2014 by basically just sticking a recording device at the stage. So, prestine quality live sound it ain’t. But it’s basically the only existing version of an HM/AS band set.

It’s a little rough around the edges. And… it’s also rough in the middle. It’s rough all over, basically. But the band was always at its best at that location: in the musicians alcove of the Half Moon pub on St Clements. And I think (I hope) this captures some of the best of that.

  1. I've Got Something On You Jessica Law & The Outlaws 2:40
  2. The Littlest Libertine Jessica Law & The Outlaws 3:26
  3. Jack The Reanimator Jessica Law & The Outlaws 3:19
  4. Something To Believe In Sam Taplin 4:06
  5. The Swimming Of The Cows Sam Taplin 3:13
  6. Superman Sam Taplin 3:03
  7. The Spine-Chilling Skeleton Express Sam Taplin 4:46
  8. Mrs Henderson's Tiger Sam Taplin 4:16
  9. Buttons Gets The Girl Sam Taplin 5:21
  10. Farewell To The Doomed Romantics Sam Taplin 3:35
  11. Let Union Be James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:40
  12. Ironlegs & The High Caul Cap James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:35
  13. The Mermaid James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:57
  14. John Peel James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:45
  15. Allen & Sally James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:33
  16. Jeremy Bentham's Head James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 5:26
  17. Amarillis James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:41
  18. Lyela Leela James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 4:40
  19. The Heart Is A Muscle James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars 2:52

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