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Former Boomtown Rat releases solo album

Ex-Boomtown Rats guitarist Gerry Cott is set to release an album of solo acoustic guitar instrumentals

The Hot Press Newsdesk, 05 Oct 2010

Each work will evoke a different urban place, including Dublin, Carrickfergus, New York and Tokyo. Entitled Urban Soundscapes, the album comprises twelve original guitar pieces alongside a unique arrangement for solo guitar of Lennon and McCartney’s classic track ‘Eleanor Rigby’.

To create a guitar album with appeal for aficionados and players alike, Cott rehearsed and recorded his album in the old fashioned way, live in the studio and in single takes with no edits or clean-ups. As Cott told Hot Press, “I wanted these guitar recordings to engage the listener’s right brain and disengage the left!

No vocal narrative to impose or direct attention; the listener decides where to go with it. Since childhood, village, town and city soundscapes have fascinated me. We travel through the detail of our daily lives, perhaps alone like Eleanor Rigby or in the midst of family, friends or strangers. But always, we travel solo within an urban soundscape”.

Urban Soundscapes is released on University of Sound Records. The website: contains the stories behind the music.

Track Listing:

Liverpool: Eleanor Rigby

Munich: Central Station to Seeg

New York: Cab Ride

London: The Southbank Nighttime

Santander: Looking Out on a Stormy Sea

Tokyo: Walkways

Kiev: Big Cars, Darkened Windows

San Francisco: Up The Down Staircase

Maui: The Road to Hana

Dublin: Empty Streets With Distant Echoes

Scarborough: Going to the Fair

Carrickfergus: Looking Back

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