Sometimes you have to travel to the other end of the world to realize where your home really is. In the summer of 2006, acclaimed Bronski Beat/Communards frontman Jimmy Somerville did just that, performing two acoustic concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, and finding himself re-inspired by the acoustic format and many of the songs he grew up with.
Suddenly Last Summer was born out of that inspiration. Somerville recorded the album live over six days in a hot Mangrove Mountain studio, in New South Wales, Australia, with notable producer Andrew Worboys (who also co-wrote “Hey Sydney,” the opening number to the 2002 Sydney Gay Games) at the helm. It hits stores on May 19th, and is already arousing interest from Jimmy’s fans and gay culture blogs all over the world. This LP is a full departure from the synth-heavy, electro sound and relentless beats that we’re all so accustomed to from Somerville, and instead offers simplified arrangements of songs that mean something to him – chosen via ipod shuffle and his most vivid memories. Some of the many highlights include: Nina Simone’s “Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair,” (for which he wrote additional lyrics), Blondie‘s “Hangin’ On The Telephone,” The Doors’ “People Are Strange” (“because they just are,” muses Somerville), and standards like, “My Heart Belongs To Daddy” and “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.
After releasing eleven albums, selling seven million records, and twenty-five years after landing his first worldwide hit, “Smalltown Boy” with Bronski Beat, Jimmy Somerville goes back to his roots on Suddenly Last Summer, delivering a powerful performance using only his voice and the simple brilliance of acoustic instruments. An amazing performance from the first track to the last, Jimmy’s voice touches the soul in places seldom visited, making Suddenly Last Summer one of his sexiest and most heartfelt records yet. While it’s a different approach for Somerville than what he’s used to, the force behind the album remains the same: the incredible voice of one of the most well-known and loved gay icons of our time.
Watch “Where Have All The Flowers Gone” from Jimmy Somerville’s Suddenly Last Summer [Jess E Musique Ltd.]
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Suddenly Last Summer Tracklist:
01 It’s Love
02 I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
03 Hangin’ On The Telephone
04 Black Is The Colour Of My True Love’s Hair
06 Sweet Unknown
07 Where Have All The Flowers Gone? Video
08 My Heart Belongs To Daddy
09 Was That All It Was
10 Walking After Midnight
11 People Are Strange Video
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