The Sun (Cat Empire album)
The Sun is an album by The Cat Empire recorded in June 2002, is a follow-up to their album Live @ Adelphia. The album was never released for retail sale but was sold at performances during their American tour and, as such, there are few authentic copies of the album. According to Felix Riebl, he himself does not have a copy of the album: "To be honest, I know next to nothing about this album, but I know there are a lot of Cat Empire fans who want to know which songs the album has and that much, I do know."Ryan Monro, The Cat Empire's bassist, claims to own one or two copies of the album. Many tracks from the album have been re-recorded and released on recordings. "The Rhythm", "The Chariot", "The Crowd", "Hello" were re-recorded and included in their official self-titled debut album. "Wanted to Write a Love Song" was a b-side on their second single from the self-titled era, Days Like These. "Two Shoes" and "The Night That Never End" were both re-recorded and released on their second album, Two Shoes.
Different versions of "The Mother Place" and "Rhyme and Reason" can be found as b-sides on singles from the Two Shoes era. "Song For the Day" was re-recorded for their third album Cities. The iTunes'exclusive bonus track' release of So Many Nights includes the original "Rhyme and Reason" as track 15, adding" after the track name. "The Chariot" and "Two Shoes" were both released in their original form on Tapes and Out-Takes. With the inclusion of the track "The Sun" on the On The Attack bonus CD, the collection can be pieced together from other albums. Copies of the album have been bootlegged on the online auction site eBay, being sold for many times its original value. A signed copy was sold for $900 in 2008, in 2009 a copy was sold for $260. In the past there have been copies go for as high as $450. Most on eBay Australia there was a genuine release that sold for over $170. "The Mother Place" – 3:19 "The Rhythm" – 4:18 "Rhyme and Reason" – 5:14 "The Chariot" – 5:27 "The Crowd" – 5:27 "Two Shoes" – 5:31 "Wanted to Write a Love Song" – 6:49 "Song For The Day" – 4:48 "The Night That Never Ends" – 4:38 "Hello" – 5:07 "The Sun" – 6:55 A four track promotional disc titled Sampler was released in 2002.
It contains four tracks from The Sun, a foldout booklet with information such as highlights and the band'mission'. The front cover contains the trademark genre description:Where hip-hop meets reggae, where jazz is played with dirty hands, where a Cuban line meets an Aussie rule, where nothing seems in place but sounds like many places played in one earthy chord.... this is the island where The Cat Empire was born: sounds from no man's land. The disc artwork is a greyscale version of The Sun, with'The Sun' being replaced by the word'Sampler' on the disc; the front cover does not include an album name, yet has "100% Australian Made" in place of the words'The Sun'. The back cover with no track list. Again, it is in greyscale. "Hello" – 5:07 "The Mother Place" – 3:19 "The Crowd" – 5:27 "Wanted to Write a Love Song" – 6:49 The Cat Empire website The Cat Empire Fan Blog discography entry The Sun at Discogs
Two Shoes is the second studio album by Australian ska-jazz band The Cat Empire, issued on 19 April 2005. It is the follow-up to their successful self-titled first album, it was recorded in November to December 2004 in Cuba. It is the band's first number 1 album. Australian ska-jazz group, The Cat Empire, released their second album, Two Shoes, on 19 April 2005, it was recorded in Havana, Cuba, at Egrem Studios, late in the previous year, with production by The Cat Empire, Felix Riebl and United Kingdom-based producer, Jerry Boys. It débuted at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart and is the band's first number 1 album, the second being Rising With The Sun; the tracks were more Latin in flavour, with a higher proportion written by Harry James Angus than on their self-titled first album. The Australian version contains a hidden track, called "1001", coupled with the track, "The Night That Never End"; some versions included songs that appeared on their debut album. The lead single, "Sly", was issued ahead of the album on 28 March, which reached the top 30.
It appeared on EA Sports' FIFA 08 soundtrack. "The Car Song", written by Angus, was released as the second single in July, peaked in the top 50. Allmusic's Jeff Tamarkin wrote "Skipping merrily from alt-rock crunch to hip-hop beats, landing on reggae/ska, Latin jazz, points in between, Two Shoes is clever and brainy and absorbing". Australian version: "Sly" – 3:47 "In My Pocket" – 5:04 "Lullaby" – 5:35 "The Car Song" – 4:19 "Two Shoes" – 5:13 "Miserere" – 6:39 "Sol Y Sombra" – 6:02 "Party Started" – 3:46 "Protons, Electrons" – 4:44 "Saltwater" – 4:06 "The Night That Never End" – 9:35. Bonus DVD Documentary - "Estudio 101: The Making of Two Shoes" Live at The Forum - "Lullaby" and "The Car Song" Music Videos - "Sly", "The Car Song" and "Two Shoes" The Making of "Two Shoes" Music Video. Indica Records special edition: Disc 1 "Sly" "In My Pocket" "Lullaby" "The Car Song" "Two Shoes" "The Chariot" "Sol y Sombra" "Party Started" "Protons, Electrons" "Hello" "How to Explain?" "The Lost Song" "Days Like These" "The Rhythm" "The Wine Song"Disc 2 - DVD Live at The Forum - "Lullaby" and "The Car Song" Woodford Folk Festival - "Sly" and "How to Explain?"
From On the Attack - "The Lost Song", "The Rhythm", DVD'encore' videos - "Dancers" and "L'hotel de Californie". Music videos - "Hello", "The Chariot", "The Car Song" and "Two Shoes"; the album was released under Indica Records in 2006. In 2007, a North American version was released for the US market through Velour Recordings; this variety added the track "The Chariot", the removed "Miserere" and the hidden track "1001". In 2007, Two Shoes, was issued in some European countries by Universal Music Group, it added "How to Explain?", "Hello", "The Lost Song", "Days Like These", "The Rhythm" as the first 5 tracks of the album, removed "Miserere", "Saltwater", "The Night That Never End" and "1001", added "The Wine Song" as the last track
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
No Longer There
"No Longer There" is the first single to be taken from The Cat Empire's fourth album, So Many Nights. The single peaked at number 12 in the Australian singles chart. According to the email sent to the band's mailing list, the CD single will include "four unreleased tracks" and pre-ordered copies of the single will be signed by the entire band; the song "No Longer There" has been uploaded on the band's MySpace. The MySpace version has a 10-second keyboard introduction, omitted in the radio version; the song includes a slide guitar, two violins, a viola, a cello, all played by guest artists, as well as the usual instruments played by members of The Cat Empire. The B-side "Africa Luck Song" is an instrumental of "Song for the Day" on the band's preceding album, Cities. Shot in various landscapes, it starts off with the band performing on a boat on a river. Following a time lapse sequence, Felix Riebl jumps off the boat into a vast sandy desert. From a long camera shot, the large boat in the background for several seconds is seen, followed by the band members relaxing in a canoe lying on sand, with Harry James Angus playing trumpet whilst Riebl walks by.
The next sequence shows Riebl commence singing as he continues to walk, passing by the other band members as they relax on a couch with bassist Ryan Monro resting on the sand next to the couch. In the last scene of the song, all the band members are performing once again, this time on the sand. In the last seconds of the song, the camera pans out and displays a barren planet Earth, with the coastline of Australia visible. "No Longer There" - 3:47 "Africa Luck Song" - 4:08 "Won't Be Afraid" - 4:11 "No Longer There" - 4:10
Tapes, Breaks and Out-Takes
Tapes and Out-Takes is CD by The Cat Empire. Described as a live album, the disc contains tracks from The Sun album and live versions of popular tracks from the self-titled debut album The Cat Empire. "Wandering" - 5:02 "The Night That Never Ends" - 7:48 "The Chariot" - 9:06 "The Lost Song" - 5:53 "Wanted to Write a Love Song" - 8:22 "Song For The Day" - 5:21 "The Conspiracy" - 4:28 "Two Shoes" - 6:05 The Cat Empire site
Cinema (The Cat Empire album)
Cinema is the fifth studio album of eclectic Australian band, The Cat Empire. It was débuted at No. 3 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The work was co-produced by Steve Schram with the group; the Cat Empire's fifth studio album, was issued on 25 June 2010 by EMI in Australia. It was followed by releases in Canada, United States, Europe, it was co-produced by the group. According to the band's lead vocalist and percussionist, its title was due to the content, which "is cinematic put... Another way to describe it is; when and I were sitting around and trying to come up with a title we thought that the name we chose would suit the atmosphere". Cinema débuted at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart; the track, "Beyond All", was featured on national radio station, Triple J's New Music with Richard Kingsmill in April. The lead single, "Feeling's Gone", had been released in May ahead of the album. A promotional copy of Cinema had been leaked to eBay about three weeks before its due date and sold for $200. To promote the album the group undertook a tour on North America in July followed by a national tour in August and September.
Harry Angus – vocals, trumpet Kieran Conrau – trombone Will Hull-Brown – drums Ross Irwin – trumpet Jamshid Khadiwala – turntables, percussion Ollie McGill – piano, keyboards Ryan Monro – bass guitar Phil Noy – baritone saxophone, soprano saxophone Felix Riebl – vocals, percussion, pianoProduction workProducer – Steve Schram, The Cat Empire Engineer – Steve Schram Assistant engineer – Gareth'Grif' Burnell, Mick Rafferty, Anna Webster Mixer – Steve Schram Mastering – Ross Cockle Studios – Sing Sing Studios.
So Many Nights
So Many Nights is The Cat Empire's fourth studio album. On 30 July 2007, the band announced on their website and to their mailing list that the album has been released on 22 September; the release of the album was followed by an Australian tour in October. On 14 October, the band broke a record by playing eight shows in seven nights at Sydney's Metro Theatre; the previous record was held by You Am I for seven shows in seven nights at the same venue. The Cat Empire held a massive launch party at the Prince of Wales in Melbourne on 22 September at midnight to promote the launch of the new album. "No Longer There" was the first single from the album, was released on 8 September. On 19 September, the entire album was added to a site for free streaming, three days before its Australian release. So Many Nights peaked at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart on 7 October. All songs written except where noted. "So Many Nights" - 3:33 "Panama" - 3:16 "Fishies" - 3:11 "The Darkness" - 5:19 "No Longer There" - 3:57 "Lonely Moon" - 3:48 "Sunny Moon" - 3:07 "So Long" - 3:29 "No Mountain" - 3:28 "Strong Coffee" - 3:34 "Til the Ocean Takes Us All" - 3:22 "Voodoo Cowboy" - 4:02 "Radio Song" - 3:09 "Won't Be Afraid" - 4:11 So Many Nights was released 22 April 2008 in the U.
S. with a different track listing: "So Many Nights" "Panama" "Fishies" "Sunny Moon" "Til the Ocean Takes Us All" "No Mountain" "So Long" "No Longer There" "Lonely Moon" "Radio Song" "The Darkness" "Voodoo Cowboy" "Strong Coffee" "Won't Be Afraid" "Wanted to Write a Love Song"