89 - Will I Ever Be Inside of You by Paul Quinn and the Independent Group 1995
What is the sound of faded glamour and broken dreams? Well take one should have been a contender 80s singer mix him in a band and songwriters from Glasgow's early 80s jangle brigade (various Bluebells, commotions , Juicers , etc) and get them to write and record a load of torch songs.
I had already got their debut (on the relaunched post card records) which had come and gone in a blink when i saw a review for this lp which again disappeared with barely a splash.
Will I Ever Be inside of You (not a chat up line I've ever been brave enough to contemplate using!) to me is he sound of a singer's last chance. Age has turned Paul Quinn's voice into the mellowist of croons, but one shot through with pain. I'm sure it will be pure pub singer to some but to me it is one of the greatest pop voices going
The lp starts with a 9 min title track in which you can almost smell the smoke an feel the red velvet curtains 9stick around for the operatic backing vocals at about the 5 1/2 min mark)
What follows is 8 further songs of sorrow ( and even then 2 are different versions of the same cover) that all take their time and yet leave too soon
The only film footage I could find was this frustratingly short extract of Stupid Thing the song that featured on my very first post
It is one of the many wish I'd been there moments but the lp got a one off live performance at the Glasgow film school
A Passing Thought by Paul Quinn and the Independent Group
One more tear won't make no difference to the rain
The whole thing has added meaning as since then apart form one more guest vocal ... rumours of poor health and silence.
The only copies of the lp I could find on Amazon were close to £100 so it fingers crossed on ebay. Although I think anyone who owns it will be like me and keep it as one of their most treasured records