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STEWART, DAVE & BARBARA GASKIN - BIG IDEA (SPECIAL EDITION/BONUS TRACK/DIGI-PAK)

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Only ever previously available on CD as 1990 German Line Records import, this Special Edition re-issue comes in a Digi-Pak with 20-Page Booklet.

Keyboardist Dave Stewart started his career in music back in the sixties/seventies with Progressive/Canterbury fusion legends: EGG, ARZACHEL, HATFIELD & THE NORTH and NATIONAL HEALTH, as well as working with drummer Bill Bruford on several projects and with guitarist Steve Hillage in KHAN.
In 1981 Dave changed musical direction and began experimenting with pop arrangements and song writing. He started working with his friend from NATIONAL HEALTH: Barbara Gaskin, with whom he had known and sporadically worked with since the late 1960’s. Their first single together was: 'It's My Party' – a cover of the Lesley Gore sixties classic - and it reached number one in the UK charts. Earlier that same year Dave recorded a heavily electronic cover of the Motown Jimmy Ruffin classic: ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’. That 45 featured ZOMBIES vocalist Colin Blunstone, and although it was not quite the massive hit that he later had with Barbara Gaskin, it was still an excellent record that reached number 13 in the UK chart, and showcased Stewart’s mastery of the cover version ‘with a difference’. A series of 7" singles followed and in 1986 US company Rykodisc released the first STEWART & GASKIN CD album entitled: ‘Up From The Dark’. Since then they have built a reputation for producing intelligent and imaginatively arranged pop music, recording several albums together, which were initially Japanese only releases, but they also appeared on the German Line label in the early 90’s.
The duo re-appeared with their long-awaited album: ‘Green And Blue’ in 2009, and during 2010 and 2011 Dave & Barbara have reissued their earlier albums in new Remastered, Expanded, Special Editions, all of which you will find here at CDS Towers.

Only ever previously available on CD in Europe as a German Line Records import, this is a Special Edition re-issue of the awesome album: ‘The Big Idea’. Originally released in 1990, the album includes a cover of Billy Bragg’s: 'Levi Stubbs' Tears' and a savagely deconstructed electronic version of Bob Dylan's 'Subterranean Homesick Blues'. It culminates in the monumental: 'New Jerusalem', a sonic epic featuring a 25-voice Welsh choir, the pipe organ of St. Georges Hanover Square and PORCUPINE TREE's Gavin Harrison on drums. This Special Edition comes in a Digi-Pak with a 20-Page Booklet featuring a Dave & Barbara essay, pictures and an album guest credit list that includes Bill Bruford, Gavin Harrison, Jakko Jakszyk, Rick Biddulph and Andy Duncan.


BIG IDEA Track List:

01. Levi Stubbs' Tears
02. My Scene
03. Grey Skies
04. Subterranean Homesick Blues
05. Heatwave
06. Crying Game
07. Deep Underground
08. Shadowland
09. Mr Theremin
10. New Jerusalem
11. Like The Ocean * Bonus Track *

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