RETROSPECTIVE: DELUXE 2002-2017 (2019)

An album of full-band electric tracks reflecting the long term musical activity of British singer/songwriter & guitarist Sam Jones. Compiled from studio & live recordings made 2002-2014 under the names Sam Jones, Angry Town, The Berlin Lights & The Artists Rifles. This second edition of the album was released to promote the current ‘Retrospective’ solo tour. Some notable contributors to the album include Charlie Harper of UK Subs, Brian James of The Damned, PJ of Anti-Nowhere League, Malcolm Joseph of Grace Jones band, Robbie Kelman of The Dripping Lips, Richard Marcangelo of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Danny Ward of Gengahr & Tony Piper of Vice Squad. This deluxe edition features 5 live bonus tracks performed by Sam Jones in his current band Angry Town.

Under Glass* / Hit The Floor / Fire In The Rain / Pay Your Dues / Looking Back* / Hot Cold Baby / The Way She Is / Out On The Road / Walking In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death / Boredom Drug / Nightgirl / Gothi / Hell’s Bank Note* / I’m Down When She’s Down / Black River / Let Me Go / The Walker* / Ghost Of Eve / Where The Wild Wind Goes / Dark Arches

Hit The Floor (live)* / Pay Your Dues (live)* / The Way She Is (live)* / Out On The Road (live)* / The Walker (live)*

*Not included on first edition of album

All tracks written & produced by Sam Jones except track 3 produced by Brian James, tracks 4, 11, 15 produced by Malcolm Joseph, tracks 13, 17 produced by Sam Jones & Duncan Thornley, track 19 produced by Robbie Kelman

Sam Jones – lead vocals, guitars & piano

Cover photo: Tom Oldfield
Cover design: Sam Jones

MILLION DOLLAR BABY: LIVE AT THE HATCH BAR, LIVERPOOL 2017 (2018) 

Million Dollar Baby / Under Glass / Fire In The Rain / Boredom Drug / New Rose / When The Howling Wind Comes Back / On My Way / The Way She Is / December’s Child / Mr. Joke Shop Owner / Gotta Tell Me / Hell’s Bank Note / Trigger Red / The Walker / Hit The Floor

Ged Lynn – bass on live at The Hatch Bar, Liverpool 2017 (vocal & guitar on ‘Mr. Joke Shop Owner’)

Special thanks to Lucas O’Heyze for recording set 1.

Cover photo: Michał Borowiak
Cover design: Sam Jones

RETROSPECTIVE: EXPANDED 2002-2014 (2017)

An album of full-band electric tracks reflecting the long term musical activity of British singer/songwriter & guitarist Sam Jones. Compiled from studio recordings made 2002-2014 under the names Sam Jones, The Berlin Lights & The Artists Rifles. The album is being released to promote new Poland-based band ‘Angry Town’ who are busy bringing these songs to the stage. Some notable contributors to the album include Charlie Harper of UK Subs, Brian James of The Damned, PJ of Anti-Nowhere League, Malcolm Joseph of Grace Jones band, Robbie Kelman of The Dripping Lips, Richard Marcangelo of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Danny Ward of Gengahr & Tony Piper of Vice Squad. This 24 track expanded edition is limited to just 250 hand-numbered/signed copies with slightly different artwork to the standard 16 track version. It features all 3 versions of the anthemic ‘Hit The Floor’ on CD for the first time.

 

Time and Matter Recordings press release July 2018:

UK Subs followers will recall that Time & Matter Records released a limited edition 7” single back in 2014 entitled ‘Featuring Charlie Harper’, of which one side was Sam Jones’ ‘band’ The Berlin Lights’ ‘Hit The Floor’ track which included some great harmonica from the Subs’ main man.

Having only previously appeared on the aforementioned vinyl release, ‘Hit The Floor’ is now set to be available on CD for the first time on this compilation of Sam Jones previous recordings, via his own imprint Camouflage Records.

Sam is currently working on recording with ‘Angry Town’, with their band line-up featuring John Robb, of The Membranes, Goldbalde and the ‘Louder Than War’ website/magazine fame.

Time & Matter have a handful of these 24 track ‘Retrospective’ promo prototype/CDr CDs in their webstore, which includes the Charlie harmonica infused ‘Hit The Floor’ 7” as well as two other versions of the track. The promo CD also includes Sam’s work with Brian James of The Damned.

‘Retrospective’ is a collection of full-band electric tracks reflecting the long term musical activity of British singer/songwriter and guitarist Sam Jones. A total of 27 tracks compiled from studio recordings made between 2002 and 2014 will be released; all the tracks were originally recorded as Sam Jones, The Berlin Lights or The Artists Rifles. The album is being released to promote Sam’s new band Angry Town who have been busy bringing many of these songs to the stage, some for the first time.

Some notable contributors to the album include Charlie Harper of U.K. Subs, Brian James of The Damned/The Dripping Lips, Persian John of Anti-Nowhere League, Malcolm Joseph of Grace Jones’ band, Robbie Kelman of The Dripping Lips/The Kinky Beats, Richard Marcangelo of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Danny Ward of Gengahr and Tony Piper of Vice Squad.

The album is mainly produced by Sam Jones who, in particular oversaw the artistic direction of The Berlin Lights’ recording, mixing and editing sessions. Malcolm Joseph is credited as producing ‘Pay Your Dues’, ‘Nightgirl’ and ‘Black River’ as well as playing bass on the latter two tracks. ‘Fire In The Rain’ was produced by none other than the aforementioned punk pioneer Brian James.

The connection with Brian James runs deeper as ‘Where The Wild Wind Goes’ was produced by Robbie Kelman who fronted The Dripping Lips in Brussels where the track was recorded. Since these recording sessions took place Sam Jones went on to join a re-formed version of (Robbie Kelman’s) The Kinky Beats for a short period along with The Voice Belgique quarter finalist Belinda De Bruyn who he formed a short-lived duo with, performing at Wiel’s Renard Noir in Brussels. Angry Town owes homage to the songwriting of Brian James with their cover of ‘New Rose’ recorded in Poland and released as a single on Polish Christmas Day in 2017!

Since 2016 Sam has embarked on 3 European tours as a solo performer playing some pretty impressionable one man shows. Milestones including a support slot for guitar legend Jennifer Batten at Hard Rock Pub Pamela, Toruń in Poland where he has since resided. These shows were mainly focused on his slide guitar playing reflected in the release of two download singles ‘Hell’s Bank Note’ and ‘The Walker’ (not included on this album) in January 2017.

THE PLAYERS:

Bass Guitar:
Trev Heaton (1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, 17, 18, 24)
Sam Jones (5, 8, 14, 21, 23)
Craig Edvi (2, 19, 22)
Malcolm Joseph (9, 12)
Persian John (3)
David Collett (11)
Gordon Francis (15)

Drums:
Danny Ward (1, 4, 10, 13, 17, 18, 24)
Sam Jones (5, 14, 20, 23)
Gordon Francis (8, 11, 15, 21)
Tabz (2,19, 22)
Tony Piper (3)
Richard Marcangelo (6)
Trev Heaton (7)
Antonio Sanchez (9)
Miliscent (12)

Backing Vocals:
Sam Jones (1, 3, 5, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 23, 24)
Tabz (2, 19, 22)
Gordon Francis (8, 15, 21)
Trev Heaton (6)
Kelly Beaman (7)
Georgina Lake (7)

Percussion:
Danny Ward (1, 10, 17, 18, 24)
Sam Jones (3, 6, 12)

Harmonica:
Charlie Harper (1, 17, 18)

Violin:
Angelika Sielaff (16)

Viola:
Dave Collett (16)

Hit The Floor / Fire In The Rain / Pay Your Dues / Hot Cold Baby / The Way She Is / Out On The Road / Walking In The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death / Boredom Drug / Nightgirl / Gothi / I’m Down When She’s Down / Black River / Let Me Go / Ghost Of Eve / Where The Wild Wind Goes / Dark Arches

Hit The Floor (God of Thunder mix) / Hit The Floor (7″ version) / The Way She Is (produced by Brian James) / Out On The Road (demo) / Boredom Drug (alternative mix) / Boredom Drug (produced by Brian James) / Ghost Of Eve (full length version) / Keep Them In Sight

All tracks written & produced by Sam Jones except tracks 2, 19, 22 produced by Brian James, tracks 3, 9, 12 produced by Malcolm Joseph, track 15 produced by Robbie Kelman

Sam Jones – lead vocals, guitars & piano

Cover photo: Tom Oldfield
Cover design: Sam Jones

LIVE IN POLAND (2017)

The album features 8 live recordings made in November 2016 during the final leg of the 2nd European tour & is the follow up to Camouflage Records’ first official bootleg CD ‘Live In Europe 2015-2016’. ‘Live In Poland’ will be available at future shows from 17th February to coincide with the first headlining gig of 2017. The album’s purpose was for Sam Jones to introduce himself as a new arrival in Poland & to boost the income from a string of weekend shows around the country. This CD is limited to just 35 copies!

The CD also features 2 additional bonus tracks temporarily available here in physical format. The download singles ‘Hell’s Bank Note’ & ‘The Walker’ were recorded in London the day before his departure for Poland & released on iTunes, Amazon MP3 & Google Play Music one month later on 13th January to coincide with the first gig of 2017 supporting Oil Stains in thier native Poland.

Search ‘Koncert Sama Jonesa 2016’ in YouTube for footage from Vinyl Klub, Ostrów Mazowiecka. Filmed by Telewizja aMazing Ostrów Mazowiecka.

Original advertising 1:

‘Hell’s Bank Note’ & ‘The Walker’ will now be temporarily available in physical format as bonus tracks on a new limited edition CD entitled ‘Live In Poland’. The album features 8 live recordings made in November 2016 during the 2nd European tour & is the follow up to Camouflage Records’ ‘Live In Europe 2015-2016’. ‘Live In Poland’ will be available at future shows from 17th February to coinside with the first Sam Jones headlining gig of 2017.

Original advertising 2:

‘Hell’s Bank Note’ & ‘The Walker’ are available to download from iTunes, Amazon MP3 & Google Play Music on 13th January to coincide with the first Sam Jones gig of 2017 supporting Oil Stains in Poland.

The recording session took place at MAP Studio, London on 13th December & features Leo Georgiou on drums. These semi-live recordings were produced by Sam Jones & Duncan Thornley.

Hit The Floor (Tanner’s Irish Pub, Poznań) / Gotta Tell Me (Muzyk, Toruń) / Fire In The Rain (Tanner’s Irish Pub, Poznań) / If I Were A Rich Man (Muzyk, Toruń) / Famous Last Words (Tanner’s Irish Pub, Poznań) / Looking Back (Odessa, Toruń) / Woman Gone (Tanner’s Irish Pub, Poznań) / These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (Muzyk, Toruń)

Hell’s Bank Note+ / The Walker+

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Download singles (released 13th January 2017)
Leo Georgiou – drums
Written by Sam Jones
Produced by Sam Jones & Duncan Thornley
Recorded ‘semi-live’ by Duncan Thornley at MAP Studio, London 13th December 2016
Mixed & edited by Duncan Thornley
Mastered by LANDR January 2017

Inside photo: Karolina Mrówczyńska
Cover design: Nicol Jocić

LIVE IN EUROPE 2015-2016 (2016)

This collection of mobile phone recordings was made at small venues across Europe. All the tracks were picked from performances made during the 1st European Tour in April 2016 as well as a couple of Belgium gigs & warm up shows which took place in London.

The last 2 years has seen Sam Jones make the transition from a recording artist playing the occational gig, to a travelling live solo act. As a result this album includes several tracks which have not yet been given the studio treatment & gives an incling to the style of his upcoming official debut album.

As the album’s original concept was solely for upload on Soundcloud (to promote his 2nd European Tour in October/November 2016) it has been limited to just 50 copies on CD, which were on sale before & during the tour. The CD also features 4 additional bonus tracks recorded on a multitrack cassette recorder during summer 2016.

Listen on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/samjonesband/liveineurope

The album in its entirety has now been removed from Soundcloud although specific tracks are still available to hear.

Fire In The Rain (Artliners, Berlin DE) / Woman Gone (Wiel’s Renard Noir, Brussels BE) / Hell’s Bank Note (Music Lab, Brno CZ)# / Famous Last Words (Wiel’s Renard Noir, Brussels BE)+ / These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ (The Boogaloo, London UK) / Boredom Drug (Wiel’s Renard Noir, Brussels BE) / Killer In June (Wild Rover Irish Pub, Manzolino IT) / Jesus Doesn’t Want Me For A Sunbeam (Wiel’s Renard Noir, Brussels BE) / Somebody’s Somebody (Music Lab, Brno CZ) / The Walker (Café Kafka, Brussels BE) / When The Howling Wind Comes Back (The Boogaloo, London UK) / On My Way (Café Kafka, Brussels BE) / December’s Child (Artliners, Berlin DE) / Looking Back (Taverne De Met, Overijse BE) / Gotta Tell Me (The Boogaloo, London UK) / Hit The Floor (Music Lab, Brno CZ)#

Trigger Red (music only)* / Under Glass* / Falling Down* / On My Way*

+Belinda De Bruyn – vocals
#Bartosz Walos – harmonica

*4 TRACK DEMOS Recorded at Creation Studios, London June-July 2016

Cover photo & design: Sam Jones