...Nothing but a Dream

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...nothing but a dream
A silhouette of the artist in left profile. He is carrying a guitar case and standing on rocks in front of a bright but blurred shot of the ocean to his right, his name is in orange, block capitals at chest height. The album title is just below and written in smaller, black, lower case print.
Studio album by Paul Kelly
Released 13 August 2001 (2001-08-13)
Recorded
  • December 2000
  • April 2001
Studio
  • Sing Sing South, The Shed, Yikesville (Melbourne)
  • Balfour Street (London)
Genre Pop
Length 41:41
Label
Producer
Paul Kelly chronology
Words and Music
(1998)
...nothing but a dream
(2001)
Ways & Means
(2004)
Singles from ...nothing but a dream
  1. "Somewhere in the City"
    Released: 23 July 2001
  2. "Love Is the Law"
    Released: 8 October 2001
  3. "If I Could Start Today Again"
    Released: 28 January 2002

...nothing but a dream is a studio album recorded by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly. It was released on 13 August 2001 via EMI Records, which peaked at No. 7 on the ARIA Albums Chart and No. 46 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.[1][2] It was also released in the United States on Cooking Vinyl and included four tracks from Kelly's earlier extended play, Roll on Summer (2000). In Australia and New Zealand the album provided three singles, "Somewhere in the City" (July 2001), "Love Is the Law" (October) and "If I Could Start Today Again" (January 2002).[3]

Two days before the album appeared Kelly had issued a five-track EP, Paul Kelly Exclusive CD, which was provided free with The Weekend Australian Magazine – it has two tracks, "The Pretty Place" and "Somewhere in the City", from the album. It was the first CD to be included with an Australian newspaper magazine,[4] although this did cause problems with home deliveries, with many subscribers missing out.[5] At the ARIA Music Awards of 2002 ...nothing but a dream won Best Adult Contemporary Album for Kelly and he was nominated for Best Male Artist.[6]

Reception[edit]

AllMusic's Jason MacNeil rated the US version of ...nothing but a dream at four-out-of-five stars and explained, "the songs speak of a certain longing and asking for redemption, but are dominantly roots pop arrangements."[7] He observed, "An added bonus is the four additional tracks from a previously released EP, with the funky duet of 'Roll on Summer' being the high point of the lot."[7]

Steve Newton of The Georgia Straight felt it, "contains its share of solo, acoustic ballads, but also sees the singer-songwriter performing with the full band."[8] Newton described the track, "Would You Be My Friend", where Mick Harvey is "handling guitar, organ, bass, and drums" as a "soothing" rendition,[8] they recorded it in Harvey's back yard shed and Kelly explained, "'He's got a bigger shed than me, but he's got the same eight-track tape machine, so we've got a similar basic setup'."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Kelly,[9] except where noted.

...nothing but a dream (August 2001) EMI (7243 534938 2 0)
No.TitleLength
1."If I Could Start Today Again"2:51
2."Change Your Mind"4:17
3."Midnight Rain" (Wendy Matthews, Kelly)4:50
4."Close My Eyes"4:51
5."Somewhere in the City"3:16
6."Just About to Break"3:57
7."Love Is the Law"4:51
8."Pretty Place"2:46
9."I Wasted Time"2:47
10."Would You Be My Friend?"2:59
11."Smoke Under the Bridge"4:28

All tracks written by Paul Kelly[9].

...nothing but a dream (August 2001) Cooking Vinyl (COOKCD228) bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
12."You're so Fine"3:30
13."Roll on Summer"3:14
14."I Was Hoping You'd Say That"2:44
15."Every Fucking City"3:35

Personnel[edit]

Credits:[7]

Musicians
Recording and artwork details
  • Don Bartley – mastering
  • Adam Rhodes – engineer
  • James Sanger – co-production, programming, sound design
  • Martin Philbey – photography
  • Paul Kelly – producer (all tracks except track 10)
  • Mick Harvey – producer (track 10)
  • Mark Wallis – producer (all tracks except track 10)
Paul Kelly Exclusive CD
PK-exclusive CD.jpg
EP by Paul Kelly
Released 11 August 2001 (2001-08-11)
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre Rock/pop
Length 12:51
Label The Australian/EMI
Producer Paul Kelly, Mark Wallis, Andy Baldwin, Professor Ratbaggy

Paul Kelly Exclusive CD[edit]

Paul Kelly Exclusive CD is a five-track extended play by Paul Kelly, which was provided free with The Weekend Australian Magazine in August 2001.[10][11][12] It is a compilation with four audio tracks including two from Kelly's forthcoming album, ...nothing but a dream ("The Pretty Place" and "Somewhere in the City"), one from his previous four-track EP Roll on Summer ("I Was Hoping You'd Say That") in 2000, and one from an associated project Professor Ratbaggy's 1999 self-titled album ("Love Letter"). A music video for "Somewhere in the City" was provided as the fifth track.[11]

It was the first CD to be included with an Australian newspaper magazine,[13] although this did cause problems with home deliveries, with many subscribers missing out.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Kelly.[15].

Paul Kelly Exclusive CD The Australian/EMI (CDRP637)
No.TitlesourceLength
1."Pretty Place" (audio)...nothing but a dream'2:45
2."Love Letter" (audio)Professor Ratbaggy3:31
3."I Was Hoping You'd Say That" (audio)Roll on Summer2:42
4."Somewhere in the City (acoustic)" (audio)...nothing but a dream3:53
5."Somewhere in the City" (music video) 3:17
6."Broadband Internet Demonstration" (video)Telstra BigPond 

Personnel[edit]

Credits:[16][12]

Musicians
Recording details
  • Producer – Mark Wallis (track 1), Paul Kelly (tracks 1–5), Professor Ratbaggy (track 2), Andy Baldwin (tracks 2–3)
  • Director – Tony Mahony (track 5)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Paul Kelly". Australian Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  2. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Paul Kelly". New Zealand Charts Portal (Hung Medien). Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  3. ^ Eva Blanda, ed. (October 2003). "The Recordings of Paul Kelly as a solo artist". Other People's Houses. Australian Music Website. Archived from the original on 15 December 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  4. ^ "The Weekend Australian Magazine targets free thinkers". B&T magazine. Archived from the original on September 25, 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Flat newspapers". ABC Radio. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 2002: 16th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 27 November 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c "Nothing but a Dream – Paul Kelly | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c Newton, Steve (11 January 2015). "Paul Kelly Wonders if 'Every Fucking City' Will Go Over in Vancouver". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 10 May 2018 – via Ear of Newt.  Note: originally written on 21 March 2002.
  9. ^ a b "'If I Could Start Today Again' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 May 2018.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' &/or 'Performer:'
  10. ^ "Paul Kelly Exclusive CD". Discogs. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  11. ^ a b Kelly, Paul (2001), Paul Kelly exclusive CD : 4 track EP plus CD-ROM, Weekend Australian Magazine : EMI, retrieved 10 May 2018 
  12. ^ a b Paul Kelly (11 August 2001). Paul Kelly Exclusive CD (liner notes). EMI Music. CDRP637. 
  13. ^ "The Weekend Australian Magazine targets free thinkers". B&T magazine. Archived from the original on 25 September 2004. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  14. ^ "Flat newspapers". ABC Radio. Retrieved 1 September 2008. 
  15. ^ "'Pretty Place' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 10 May 2018.  Note: For additional work user may have to select 'Search again' and then 'Enter a title:' &/or 'Performer:'
  16. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Paul Kelly". Australian Rock Database. Passagen.se (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 

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