Originally released as 16-bit/44.1 kHz and MP3 formats, this album has been remastered exclusively for Linn from the 24-bit masters, and also includes a special bonus track 'Fatherless Son'.
'Jones has compiled possibly the finest catalogue of adult pop. Gently beautiful and genuinely moving.' The Sunday Times
'A lush swoon of gorgeous pop; genuinely life enhancing and life changing. The beauty on offer here is enough to make you weep. It did me.' Americana UK
'A melancholic ocean of poetry and sublime song-craft. Life is indeed worth living and all the richer for hearing this.' Properganda
'Moves you to tears and refreshes the soul. Scintillating.' Maverick
These songs are already on ‘Hopeland' and ‘Keepers'; they're not re-mixed so, why the re-jig?
The two albums didn't seem to connect, I think that maybe the spoken word stuff put folk off; yet when I listened back to the albums I recognised that some of the songs are good and needed to be heard; I know that they haven't; I've seen the sales returns...
This is a way of re-presenting a selection of the songs in a different light: The original idea came from The Scientist: Marcus is getting into vinyl and was raving about the fact that he's actually listening to music again; the process of placing needle to record makes him commit to the moment and see it through. So we addressed the idea of releasing the selection as vinyl.
The production turned out too expensive unfortunately but I kept the idea of the collection and applied it to the songs; I chose 10 tracks from Hopeland and Keepers for 'Ghost of Song' in an attempt to create an old fashioned 'bedsit' kind of album that folk might learn to love to live with.
I wanted 'Ghost..' to affect folk and endure in the same way some of my old favourites have stuck with me (Blue/After the Goldrush/Hunky Dory/Steve McQueen etc) and so I picked songs that had a certain warm yet woozy feel to them; this meant precluding some favourites that didn't quite sit or fit with the sonic idea... I also hope that it leads folk to the original Jones albums and helps shed some light on the forthcoming Miracle Mile album 'In Cassidy's Care' due out in the summer of 2012.
I wanted to create the musical equivalent of a balm, something to smooth the furrowed brow. I selected songs to evoke a mood that I initially took to be melancholy; in listening back I realise that the abiding feeling is one of romanticism. I've always steered clear of the word ‘love' but it seems to haunt every song here.
Produced and Arranged by Marcus Cliffe and Trevor Jones
Recorded by Marcus Cliffe at his Norbury Brook studio
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at Technologyworks Mastering
Design and Artwork by Nick Reddyhoff
Photography by Di Holmes