I own just about everything that DJ, recording artist, producer and crate digger David Holmes has released and although I don't own any other Late Night Tales compilations, I just had to get this one. Subtitled 'God's Waiting Room Mix', Holmes has created an ambient, ethereal and very personal compilation that features music from the past alongside more recent tracks and also some previously unreleased recordings. As he explains in the sleeve notes, he has attempted to explore themes of "Memory, love, living, family, friendship, death and the afterworld". There are nine exclusive tracks, six of the tracks are either co-composed or produced by Holmes and a number of artists from his homeland of Northern Ireland feature.
The flow of the album is perfect and there are many highlights. The absolute highlight is BP Fallon's passionate spoken word eulogy to Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough. Accompanied by a backing track by Holmes, it was recorded in one take on the evening of McCullough's funeral. Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia's 'It's In Every One of Us' is 6 minutes of ambient Americana and the previously unreleased cover of 'I'm Not in Love' by Irish twin sisters Song Sung borrows some of 10cc’s backing vocals and percussion and it’s even more dreamy than the original. The Langley Schools-esque 'It's a Long Way to Heaven' by The Children of Sunshine is as addictive as it is sinister and although I'm not sure of the language, the gorgeous female vocals on 'Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby)' by Lullaby Movement are extraordinarily precise in their pronunciation. With Buddy Holly, David Crosby and a spoken word monologue from Stephen Rea, it really is an eclectic but focused collection of music.
In summary, this is a must for Holmes aficionados. There's a lot of new music here and it's so much more than just a trawl through the more esoteric records in his collection. Featuring notes on all the tracks by Holmes, the playing time is 71:49 minutes
*If you buy the vinyl or CD of this, be sure to visit the Late Night Tales website and enter the unique code that arrives with your copy. Here you can download WAV and MP3 copies of a continuous mix of the vinyl/CD album and also a copy of the album that features the full unedited versions of all the songs and clocks in at 102 minutes*