Friday, November 30, 2018

Kirsty MacColl - Real - Various Songs (1983-1984)

Kirsty MacColl put out her first album in 1981. By 1983, she was ready to put out her second album. It was so close to coming out that it had a name, track listing, and cover art. But the record company balked at the last minute, worried it wouldn't sell enough to be worth their bother.

This is my attempt at that album. I must admit that it's not that great of an attempt though, because it was due to have 12 songs on it, and only five of them have been officially released since, and no others have come out on bootleg. So I filled out the rest of the album with other songs from around that time. (One of them, "A New England," was a hit for her in Britain.)

Is it the lost album "Real?" No. But is it up to MacColl's usual high standards? Yes. I hope that someday the rest of the album will see the light of day.

The last song here, "London Girls," needs some special explanation. The song was written by MacColl as the opening theme song for a short-lived British TV show called "Dream Stuffing." It was never officially released in any form. Like a lot of TV theme songs, it was quite short, in this case less than 40 seconds long. However, I noticed that it ended with a musical snippet that repeated a snippet near the front of the song. So I used that to edit it to repeat itself without a pause in the middle. Even with the repeat, the song is only one minute and twenty seconds long. But now it sounds more like a song to me instead of a snippet.

01. Annie (Kirsty MacColl)
02. Sticked and Stoned (Kirsty MacColl)
03. Camel Crossing (Kirsty MacColl)
04. I Want Out (Kirsty MacColl with Matchbox)
05. Roman Gardens (Kirsty MacColl)
06. A New England (Kirsty MacColl)
07. Patrick (Kirsty MacColl)
08. I'm Going Out with an Eighty Year Old Millionare (Kirsty MacColl)
09. Shutting the Doors (Kirsty MacColl)
10. London Girls [Edit] (Kirsty MacColl)

The album cover here apparently is the exact album cover that was slated to go on the lost "Real" album.


  1. Thanks! I wanted to pay $ and download A New England from Amazon but guess what? Album Only! So Bezos' lost is yr gain...I guess! Thank you for providing this blog!