The Abbey Road Session

by CORIN ASHLEY

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FORMATS: Single 7" [Blue Colour Vinyl] [Limited Edition] - On sale clicking: bit.ly/1noM0J8 / Digital Single

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When Corin Ashley, ex-bassist of THE PILLS and one of the biggest BEATLES fans left on earth, decided to start his solo career, his was obsessed with an idea: to record in the historic Abbey Road studios, where the Fab Four had recorded their songs. The Abbey Road studios have recently returned to the front pages of the world press since EMI announced their intention to sell the studios this past February. In the end, in response to the negative reaction to this news, the British Government declared the studios a “historic monument.”

After releasing the debut album, “Songs from the Brill Bedroom”, the opportunity to record a special and exclusive single for Elefant came up (just before the controversy that finally prohibited the sale and above all the demolition of they legendary studios). Accustomed to ceaselessly writing, he focused on getting his two best compositions, extensively perfected and purified, and planned the recording sessions with an exceptional band. Because for this single, which is an authentic and unique gem, a collectors item, Mr. Ashley is ultimately accompanied by no less than: Ken Stringfellow (THE POSIES, REM, BIG STAR) singing on “Badfinger Bridge”, Martin Carr and Rob Cieka (THE BOO RADLEYS), Edward Ball (TV PERSONALITIES, THE TIMES) and on the technical board is Charlie Francis, who recently worked with Martin Carr and has an unbelievable curriculum that includes artists like REM, Robyn Hitchcock, WILCO, SUPER FURRY ANIMALS and THE HIGH LLAMAS among many others. The result is this very special, unrepeatable release that includes the previously mentioned “Badfinger Bridge” as well as “Second Hand Halo”, in an exquisite mix of rhythm’n blues, sixties pop and soul. It’s a blue vinyl single, limited edition, a necessary piece in all important collections as of now.

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released April 12, 2010

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Track Name: Badfinger Bridge
The note you never wrote, a Christmas card unsent
No regrets and no accusations
A fading photograph tucked in a paperback
From a shop that closed years ago

A passing motorcar rings out some yesterday's tune

And you are returned to me, you are returned to me
Address unknown

A faded old receipt from a favorite restaurant
For an audit not likely coming
And in my winter coats a ticket stub reveals
There's a sequel to the last film we saw

As passersby chatter I chance to hear your name

And you are returned to me, you are returned to me
Address unknown

And I recall a basement sublet nearby
That we took your junior year
Your father's disapproving checks came very month
Thank God

The you in Kodachrome, the way we used to be
All regrets and big disappointment
The lines beneath my eyes, the path beneath my feet
Cracking up like we did so well

A passing motorcar rings out some familiar tune...

And you are returned to me, you are returned to me
Address unknown
Track Name: Second Hand Halo
It's knowing what you want, but you won't reach out and get it
And knowing who you are, but you can't come out and be it
It's knowing the tune but refusing to sing.

And you're all choked up inside like you need a blessing to breathe
And a clerical error to hide always keeps you on your knees
With a foot on your neck and you find that it's yours

You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo that you bought from some dude in California
You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo
It'll get you further than your thorny Crown Victoria

With a firmly established tickle that you wouldn't dare to scratch
Like a hammer and a sickle and all the weeds you thrash
But you pray all alone in your bed just in case

You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo that you bought from some dude in California
You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo
It'll get you further than your thorny Crown Victoria

The story of
Poor old monkey in the middle of a dream but it seems so real
As if this just a dry run depending on public appeal
Life would be so easy if you hadn't a clue

You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo that you bought from some dude in California
You're second hand halo holds you down
You're second hand halo
It'll get you further than your thorny Crown Victoria