A Many Acted Play

by Chris Connelly

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CHRIS CONNELLY
A MANY ACTED PLAY
UNRELEASED DEMOS 1993 - 2016

1: Magnificent Wing (demo)
2: Nobody's Scared (demo)
3: London Fields (demo)
4: Kites
5: Close Watch
6: Island Head
7: The Long Weekend
8: Soul Boys/Hard Legends (a capella)
9: Stun to the One
10: Son of Empty Sam

These recordings are all recent rediscoveries from my cassette archive.

The first three tracks are from the period immediately following “Shipwreck”, as I was in the process of leaving TVT Records and embarking on a search for a label. This was a period of confusion and somewhat stunned silence. I would play dingy local bars with William Tucker as the “Swingin’ Junkies”, often for free drinks and little else. All musical landscapes were changing, and my approach to songwriting continued to evolve, thankfully, there was that.

“Close Watch” was recorded during down time for the Revolting Cocks' “Linger Ficken Good” album. While the rest of the band went out for dinner, Bill Rieflin and I made a very confused Jeff “Critter” Newell record us in the live room with just a couple of microphones.

The two songs from “The Episodes” were part of the permutation recordings we made outside. We would record the songs with all possible permutations with a view to eventually editing what became most of the album. “Soul Boys” was done after many had turned in for the night, and I am told it scared the crap out of many of them, my voice echoing off the hills and water.

“Stun to the One” is a demo for what would eventually be “The Tide Stripped Bare”.

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released December 4, 2020

MUSICIANS INVOLVED:

CHRIS CONNELLY
CHRIS BRUCE
JONATHAN MELVOIN
BILL RIEFLIN
TIM KINSELLA
BEN VIDA
ADAM VIDA

COVER MODEL: STEPHANIE MACE
PHOTOGRAPHER: SAHIR SAMAN

Many of these earlier recordings exist only on cassette tape: We have done everything we can to preserve and enhance the sound where possible.
Special thanks as always to Kimberly Blessing

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Chris Connelly Chicago, Illinois

Chris Connelly is a Scottish-born, Chicago-based singer-songwriter. Known equally for his lush, melodic solo work as well as for his participation in the industrial music scene, Chris is also the author of four books.

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