John Butler Albums

The Loyal Serpent (MP3)

After the perceived commercial failure of Dpw in 1992 with the last throw of the major label dice being an unnecessary decision to release a two stage single of cover versions, the band were sadly divorced from Emi. Sad not least because the label didn’t actually want this but were compelled to stop investing due to having recently aquired Bransons Virgin label for many millions and so Dpw were let go. A lot of bands would have called it a day at this horrible turn of events but Diesel Park West continued to record releasing indie albums the Corporate Waltz in 93 followed by Freakgene in 95. It was only when Freakgene was heard by the then MD at Emi the wheel began to turn full circle. Declaring Butler a genius for writing this album it was decided that Emi would indeed resign him as a solo artist for whatever he did next. The Loyal Serpent was released in 97 to universal praise. The album proved beyond doubt that although Dpw had failed in the crucial area of having a radio hit single the bands writer was a major force. The Loyal Serpent is like a sonic route map from North to South. Starting with the shimmering pop of Wings Of The Morning through to the deep dark soul search of Leave Me With The Sinners this solo debut proves those who had always claimed Butler to be a major creative force were right.

1. Wings Of The Morning
2. Boulevard
3. All My Honey
4. When It All Becomes Available
5. Let Go
6. Bag Of Bones
7. Maybe Tomorrow
8. The Days You've Made
9. Montpellier On Ice
10. Yes I Do
11.  Billy And The Snakecharmer
12. Leave Me With The Sinners

Price: £ 6.99

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The Loyal Serpent (Apple Lossless)

1. Wings Of The Morning
2. Boulevard
3. All My Honey
4. When It All Becomes Available
5. Let Go
6. Bag Of Bones
7. Maybe Tomorrow
8. The Days You've Made
9. Montpellier On Ice
10. Yes I Do
11.  Billy And The Snakecharmer
12. Leave Me With The Sinners

Price: £ 8.99

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Ringstead (MP3)

Recorded by producer Lee Russell in the summer of 2005 this may really be considered a third solo Butler album. Previously thought to be lost in time and acrimony these recordings demonstrate clearly what could be achieved with a single minded producer and some great songs. Dont expect Shakespeare Alabama or quite honestly anything sounding like DPW because what we have here is a fascinating collection of tunes laid down in rural Northamptonshire with the intention of bringing out a different aspect of Johns performance and writing. Apparently Russell was quite dictatorial in his approach and would even be reluctant to let the singer take copies away which eventually led to friendly fallout. However these recently unearthed tunes offer witness to the fact that something quite unique was indeed going on in Ringstead and prove the enterprise was well worth the effort and the subsequent wait to hear it.

Featuring the tracks:

1.  I'm Banging The Drum
2. Travel The Earth
3. I See No Ships
4. From Now On
5. Lost In The Storm
6. Summer Child
7. Let It Be This Time
8. Ticket To Heaven
9. Headfirst
10. New Rhythm ('Cos Of You)
11. You Don't Work Me
12. Love Without A Trace

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Ringstead (Apple Lossless)

Featuring the tracks:

1. I'm Banging The Drum
2. Travel The Earth
3. I See No Ships
4. From Now On
5. Lost In The Storm
6. Summer Child
7. Let It Be This Time
8. Ticket To Heaven
9. Headfirst
10. New Rhythm ('Cos Of You)
11. You Don't Work Me
12. Love Without A Trace

Price: £ 8.99

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