'Etc Etc Amen' EP (2016)

An E.P. featuring studio recordings of 4 cover versions, which were a mainstay of the 'Glyn Bailey & the Beholden' live set from the final 3-piece incarnation. This is a 'Download Only' release offered 'free of charge' to friends and supporters

Features versions of Kraftwerk's "The Model", Marc Bolan's "Life's a Gas", The Beatles' "In My Life", and The Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen in Love". They're all performed in 'chamber pop' format, with Glyn on Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica, Phil Senior on Bass/Backing Vocal, and Lizz Beahan on Violin/Vocal. 

Get your copy HERE before the internet runs out !
Credits - Mixing and mastering were all beautifully handled by Dave Archer of Last Riff Studios, Cincinatti, U.S.of A.
Cover credit - Pablo Carlos Budassi 'Observable Universe Logarithmic Illustration' - LINK
With thanks to Howard Male for allowing use of the title of his first novel, 'Etc Etc Amen' (Which Phil describes as "A spiffing read!") - LINK
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'2059' album (2015)

"2059 may be a leap into an uncertain future, but one thing's for sure, we'll be utterly beholden by its soundtrack"
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Sea of Tranquility

2059 album cover.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present the future...but not as you know it !
So what can we expect from 2059? Ten tracks lovingly crafted for your listening pleasure. There are themes of lost treasure (78rpm), a haunted dancehall (Dancefloor - inspired by the Blackpool Tower Ballroom), the shackles of human existence (Chains), the belief that we are all cosmically connected (Stars),  spirits from WW2 (Night of Memories), a long lost theme tune (Universe) and a curve-ball version of a 70's glam rock stomper by Slade (Coz I Luv U)... elements which combine to make this work something truly special.

Production and mastering were all handled Stateside by Dave Archer of Last Riff Studios, Cincinatti, USA. Thanks Dave :-)

We're also back with a new band  name...The Beholden. Rather sophisticated we think, hope you like it.

There's a limited edition CD version of the album for sale from this site, or you can download the tracks from Soundcloud, Bandcamp, iTunes and others. 

Pay or download for free, we don't mind either way. If you enjoy our music, please spread the word...we do this for love, we appreciate your support.

Videos created by Glyn to illustrate many of the album tracks can be viewed at his Youtube Channel.

2059

Glyn Bailey

When compared with previous Glyn Bailey albums, it's easy to hear there's been a conscious effort to circumvent the usual 'stylistic' musical approach ... the result is something not so easily pigeonholed. The 'Beholden' band sound is old fashioned yet strangely futuristic in both concept and execution.

Themes of lost treasure (78rpm), a haunted dancehall (Dancefloor - inspired by the Blackpool Tower Ballroom), the shackles of human existence (Chains), the belief that we are all cosmically connected (Stars), and a version of Slade's 70's glam rock stomper Coz I Luv U combine with others to make this work something very special.

The CD version is available exclusively from the artist, with online downloads via Bandcamp, iTunes and all the usual major retailers.

Production and mastering were all handled Stateside by Dave Archer of Last Riff Studios, Cincinatti, USA
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  2. 2 Showtune 03:35 Info Download
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  3. 3 Chains 04:19 Info Download
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  4. 4 The Wedding Song 03:34 Info Download
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  5. 5 A Night of Memories 03:44 Info Download
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  6. 6 Coz I Luv U 04:17 Info Download
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  7. 7 The Dancefloor 04:35 Info Download
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  8. 8 2059 03:46 Info Download
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  9. 9 Stars 03:28 Info Download
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  10. 10 Universe (Theme from 2059) 02:56 Info Download
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HAPPINESS (2013)


Three years on from their previous album The Disturbance, Glyn Bailey and his band are pleased to present their follow-up HAPPINESS (Official release date August 31st)

In addition to his regular band of Many Splendid Things and long term musical collaborator Phil Senior, extra musicians were drafted in to add further spice to the recording sessions. These included percussionist to the stars Brian Costello, Ska trumpeter Dave Booth, Classically trained Violinist Liz Beahan & Jazz-funk Saxophonist John McLafferty.

The new collection may be lightened with flashes of his trademark dark humour, but there remains the underlying theme of an ironic look at the popular view of humanity as fast approaching its endgame, allowing full vent to Bailey’s natural inclination toward misanthropy. Belying the apocalyptic origins, HAPPINESS weaves a musical spell, with seductive melodies and addictive hooks to draw the listener into what seems to be a familiar and pleasant landscape, while the lyrics offer glimpses of menace lurking in the shadows. It’s an album that could be described as the antithesis of all that the X Factor generation has come to expect!

Take the opening triumvirate – commencing with the honesty of the album’s opener When Love Calls, it’s theme of romantic dissolution, each man as an island with the Crusoe inspired I, Robinson, into the cynicism of The Man with the anthemic Not Guilty, each song summarising what Bailey judges to be wrong with humanity, albeit in four minute chunks.

Self-directed videos have already been created to accompany several of the album's songs, which include cover versions of Jacques Brel classic Amsterdam and the traditional blues-through-rock-filter of John the Revelator.

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  1. 1 When Love Calls 04:52
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  2. 2 I, Robinson 04:16
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  3. 3 Not Guilty 04:38
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  4. 4 IAmAMan 03:36
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  5. 5 Whisky Time 03:54
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  6. 6 John the Revelator 04:01
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  7. 7 Spirit Warning 04:01
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  8. 8 Temptation 05:22
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  9. 9 The Seven Secrets of Happiness 04:33
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  10. 10 Amsterdam 04:05
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The Disturbance (2010)

"a seeping font of song ideas fleshed out by creative musicians"  High Voltage

"His new album is his third great record in a row... Bailey’s clearly not lost his touch or his splendidly skewhiff take on the madness of the world around him over the past three years. While ‘The Disturbance’ is primarily an Indie-going-on-Rock record, its sonic palette is refreshingly broad. Opening track ‘The Old Illawalla’ references his previous album, but it’s surprisingly atmospheric and hard-rocking and could almost be early Faith No More if you squint hard enough. The lyrics present an intriguing slant on the old Blues man’s pact with the devil at the crossroads (“Satan came and we made a trade/ my mortal soul for wealth and fame”) while what sounds like an order of Gregorian Monks drop by to add backing vocals. Elsewhere, songs like ‘Louis’ and the urgent parental advice commentary ‘Fuktup’ (sic) also rock pretty hard, while the feedback and dissonance only serve to ramp up the tale of an isolated loon with kidnap, terror and the apocalypse in mind (“when it all kicks off, I’ll be listening to God and the BBC”) on the evocative ‘BBC Bunker’." Whisperin & Hollerin

"The Disturbance is a great name for an album, particularly one that full of dark tales and that philosophy of 'play hard, live fast, die you, leave a beautiful corpse. Glyn Bailey & The Many Spendid Things have delivered an album of pomp rock perfection." FATEA

 

The Disturbance

Glyn Bailey & the Many Splendid Things

Glyn Bailey's third album from 2010, backed by his band The Many Splendid Things.
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  1. 1 The Old Illawalla 03:56 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Beautiful Corpse 03:03 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Fuktup 03:14 Info Buy
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  4. 4 God for the Day 03:27 Info Buy
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  5. 5 The Bolan Tree 03:09 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Louis 03:49 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Traffic Light Man 05:10 Info Buy
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  8. 8 BBC Bunker 03:50 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Cherry Tree 04:02 Info Buy
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  10. 10 Waiting Game 05:51 Info Buy
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"Bailey and his Things tread a tricky line with aplomb – material that could otherwise be viewed as being undermined by either whimsical novelty, or self-regarding cleverness, is delivered with verve and élan, the band’s sure-footed musicality and sharply observed lyrics enabling an amusing bar room pastiche such as ‘God For The Day’ to transcend any hint of becoming the Eric Idle-meets-Lieutenant Pigeon mash up it may have become in less skilled hands. Similarly, the elegiac ‘The Bolan Tree’ is wistful and evocative where it could so easily have become lachrymose and saccharine." Mudkiss Zine

"Fantastic from start to finish. Like Nick Cave sings children's stories."  TunaTheDay

"This album proves he’s a thinker, who along with his band, can summon up some highly original and entertaining material – unique and the city would be a poorer place without talented exponents such as this."  Manchester Music
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Songs From the Old Illawalla (2007)

"Slightly twisted pop loveliness is Glyn Bailey, whose latest offering Songs From The Old Illawalla is a sparkling collection of songs with subject matter ranging from Torturers, a famous footballers last match, perverted clowns, and Apollo astronauts. To complement such an array of subjects the music roams across a variety of musical pastures, a bit of country, pop, art-rock and psych all carefully blended together. Within the songs the rich deep vocals ride the musical surf with confidence and dexterity, adding a feel of early Bowie to several of the songs, especially the 8 minute The Ballad of Deano"
Rumbles, Terrascope eZine

"This is a coming together of catchy melodies, infectious musical hooks and a nagging assortment of ample rhythms that runs through things, grabbing hold of you right from the start and refusing to let go again until the very end."
David Greenhalgh, Subba-Cultcha.com

"It may not be intentional but this is maybe one of Lancashire’s weirdest concept albums yet."
Manchester Music.co.uk

"What's of paramount importance is that with his sophomore effort Glyn Bailey has again proved himself to be an artist of substance"
Whisperin & Hollerin

"English eccentric I guess you can call him, Glyn Bailey has been on the fringes of the music world for years and Songs From The Illawalla, his second solo record, is the result of a mind that works at ten to the dozen and an imagination that is running riot."
Americana.co.uk

Songs from the Old Illawalla

Glyn Bailey

Glyn Bailey's second solo album from 2007.
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  1. 1 Yahoo! 03:08 Info Buy
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  2. 2 Moonwalkers 03:13 Info Buy
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  3. 3 Ghost 02:43 Info Buy
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  4. 4 Kafkaesque World 03:57 Info Buy
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  5. 5 The Crow 04:14 Info Buy
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  6. 6 Glory 03:29 Info Buy
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  7. 7 Down Amongst the Living 05:10 Info Buy
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  8. 8 The Clown 04:02 Info Buy
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  9. 9 Zizou's Big Day 04:20 Info Buy
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  10. 10 The Doomed Ship Allegory 04:13 Info Buy
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  11. 11 Groomed 03:56 Info Buy
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  12. 12 School Reunion 04:19 Info Buy
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  13. 13 The Ballad of Deano 08:38 Info Buy
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  14. 14 60's Seconds 01:02 Info Buy
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Toys From Balsa (2005)

Tracklist (FREE MP3s): 1.Sorry 2.East & West 3.Don't Just Sit There 4.L'Humanité 5.He Says She Says 6.Missing 7.My Love Is Out In Space 8. Yellow Rage 9.Flowers Everywhere 10.A Dream Of Laurel & Hardy 11.The Plastic Bag Song (Facts) 12.Part Of Me 13.D Block Girl 14.Last Day Of Summer


"15 tracks charmingly catchy and twisted throughout "
GLASSWERK

"The album opens with a full rock tune (including the clever big guitar riff), and goes through a plethora of musical styles, it's a whirlwind, a kaleidoscope of instruments (all played by Glyn), ballads, guest singers, full band on the bonus track 'Friends (John & Yoko In Bed)' , soaring vocals, old-style French folk music - in my personal favourite 'L'Humanite'' - tears for friends who die too young and socio-political realism, the lyrics grab you by the shoulders and shake you hard " 
SubbaCultcha

"This is an outstanding album of strong songs which have been arranged and played to perfection and are topped off by Glyns dynamic and individual vocals"
Terrascope

"The album may well be unfashionable in today's musical climate, but fans of witty, knowing pop won't go far wrong"
Voices From Downtroddendom

"Think David Bowie meets Warren Zevon and you'll be within a couple of light years of where this guy lives in the musical and lyrical universe. If you're into eclectic, perhaps a bit eccentric, music then this album is for you"
Indie Music

"Mr Bailey is an interesting character with an impressively eclectic range of styles. Not all of them work but when he's good, he really is good - the keyboard-led He Says She Says sounds like Bowie singing with the Beatles, and who can argue with a sound like that?"
Record Overplayed E-zine