Mike Badger - Volume

9x9 Records
(NXN023LP: 0615625652475)




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Release date: 5/10/2024

First time on vinyl LP with lyric sheet, insert, and postcards. Limited edition of 200!

Michael Badger is an English singer-songwriter, artist and sculptor from Liverpool. He is co-founder of The La's

In the late 90s, the bands that Mike Badger had been part of vanished in the rear-view mirror. The La’s and The Onset were no more. With a young family and his tin-can sculptures emerging as his primary source of income, the evenings in Allerton (south Liverpool) found him quietly strumming his acoustic guitar, careful not to disturb the sleeping children.

Weekends often led to the Penny Lane Wine Bar and later to Henry Epstein’s residence, a haven for revelry after closing time. A place where acoustic guitars adorned the walls, and impromptu musical sessions unfolded.

In the midnight hours at Henry Epstein’s house, Paul Hemmings conceived the idea of compiling an album featuring Mike’s new tunes, which seemed to carry a basic pastoral theme reflective of settled domestic life. Demos were recorded on a porta-studio, and the album, initially titled Naked and Beyond, was crafted with starkness and simplicity,
adorned with selected embellishments contributed by associates who shared drinks and stages.

Recording took place at The Lab studio just north of the city, utilizing a Teac 24 Track machine and the warmth of analogue recording. The studio featured an old Italian Eko acoustic guitar, a classical guitar, Louis Johnson’s cello arrangements, and Tommy Scott’s backing vocals. Once the core of the album was laid down, the journey continued to Anglesey, to Henry Priestman’s Gossamer Dome Studio, where a baby grand piano, Farfisa organ, and a Parrot accordion were added to enrich the songs with colors, harmonies, and magic, all against the backdrop of a sea view.

The front cover of the album was adorned with an objet d’art created from a spiraled frying implement, part of Mike Badger’s Lost and Found exhibition.

As the need to release the album arose, Mike Badger and his collaborators established their own label, Viper, and secured a distributor. The album, titled Volume, reflected its creation – from its initial sound considerations to the organic body of work composed in recent years. The recording process, though thorough, embraced imperfections, as
Mike Badger believed that completeness emerged from these flaws, giving the performance its distinct character. The spirit of the performance took precedence over perfection, resulting in a product that felt genuine, unfettered, and honest – created simply because it was meant to be made.

Now the album turns 25 and it is released on vinyl for the first time via Nine X Nine Records.

1. Where Love Is
2. Silhouette
3. Rhapsody
4. James Earl Ray
5. Silent Secrets
6. Piano Sativa
7. Poverty of the Heart
8. Reach for the Stars
9. Perpetual Emotion
10. Turn to Her
11. When We’re Alone
12. Twilight In D

“What’s obvious from this record is Badger’s composing ability with at least half the 12 tracks having classic potential.” - Paul du Noyer -Mojo

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