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.
I've Got Something On YouJessica Law & The Outlaws2:40
The Littlest LibertineJessica Law & The Outlaws3:26
Jack The ReanimatorJessica Law & The Outlaws3:19
Something To Believe InSam Taplin4:06
The Swimming Of The CowsSam Taplin3:13
The Spine-Chilling Skeleton ExpressSam Taplin4:46
Mrs Henderson's TigerSam Taplin4:16
Buttons Gets The GirlSam Taplin5:21
Farewell To The Doomed RomanticsSam Taplin3:35
Let Union BeJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:40
Ironlegs & The High Caul CapJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:35
The MermaidJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:57
John PeelJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:45
Allen & SallyJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:33
Jeremy Bentham's HeadJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars5:26
AmarillisJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:41
Lyela LeelaJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars4:40
The Heart Is A MuscleJames Bell & The Half Moon All Stars2:52
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By James Bell
Trad singer, songwriter and romantic fundamentalist.