James - Millionaires (CD, Album)
Laid was met with generally favourable reviews from music critics. AllMusic reviewer Ned Raggett wrote that the quieter sound of the album "turned out not merely to be a nice way to undercut expectations, but a creative benchmark for the group, arguably its artistic peak.
Entertainment Weekly writer Josef Woodard said that the "[q]uirky numbers blend with dream interludes and droll carnality in this juicy alternative to the Alternative Parade. Laid peaked at number three in the UK.
Personnel per booklet. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Laid. This article is about the James album. For a definition of the word "laid", see the Wiktionary entry laid. James Tim Booth — vocals Larry Gott — guitar, additional vocals track 1 Mark Hunter — keys Jim Glennie — bass Saul Davies — violin, guitar David Baynton-Power — drums Additional musicians Brian Eno — additional bass, keyboards, additional vocals tracks 2, 3 and 6 Martine McDonagh — additional vocals tracks 2, 3 and 6 The Kitchenettes — additional vocals track 10 Production Brian Eno — producer Benedict Fenner — recording all except track 7mixing all except tracks 8 and 10additional recording track 7 Markus Dravs — mixing tracks 8 and 10 Steve 'Doc' Williams — recording track 7 Mike Jones — assistant Ben 'Jude' Findlay — assistant engineer Design Jane Gott — original art Nigel Schermuly — photography Kevin Westenberg — cover photography James — cover typography Stylorouge — design.
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BBC Music. Archived from the original on 16 March InJames were invited on an acoustic tour of the US supporting Neil Young at a series of natural outdoor venues in the autumn. They returned to England refreshed and ready to record their new album with Brian Enowhom they had originally approached to produce Stutter but who had been unavailable at the time. Eno set about bringing out the ambience in James' music, and took them through a recording process that the band later described as a "journey of self-discovery".
The process resulted in not one but two albums: the "song" album Laid and the experimental Wah Wahwhich showcased the band's improvised jams recorded on the spot then mixed by Eno. Laid was released in September to positive reviews. The band spent most of touring the States. Wah Wah was eventually released in September to a lukewarm reception. The recording of the follow-up album faced difficulties from the start. Two key members of the James organisation resigned: guitarist and key composer Larry Gott who left the group in order to spend more time with his family and manager Martine McDonagh who had had a sometimes fraught romantic relationship with Booth, resulting in a son, Ben.
Booth announced that he also wished to take a break in order to record an album with Angelo Badalamenti. Determined to continue despite the setbacks, the band set up studio in Baynton-Power's house. Former Sharkboy guitarist Adrian Oxaal was drafted in to replace Gott on guitar,  while Booth returned periodically from the States to add his vocals. The new James album, Whiplashfollowed in February The album proved a successful comeback, reaching the UK top 10, as did the single " She's a Star ".
The band toured to promote the album, recruiting Michael Kulas as rhythm guitarist while in the States. Booth suffered a neck injury while dancing on stage in the US, resulting in a series of tour dates being cancelled as he underwent emergency surgery, and the band being offered a place instead on the Lollapalooza tour. In Marcha greatest hits album, The Best Ofwas released, compiling all the band's hits since their signing to Fontana. The album reached number 1 in the UK Albums Chart,  and sold-out tours throughout the year followed.
The band then returned to the studio to begin work on their next album, Millionaireswhich was released in October The album did not reach the phenomenal sales level predicted, but still entered the UK Album charts at number 2,  and sold overcopies. After the disappointing performance of Millionaires the band chose to start anew in their approach to their next album, working with Eno once again. They spent most of recording the album; writing the songs, then performing them live before actually recording them.
They embarked on a small-scale tour in the autumn of that year on which their set lists consisted almost entirely of new material. The album's artwork featured a composite image of the faces of all the band members to create a new person. The album reached only number 11, the lowest position for a James studio album since their signing to Fontana. Shortly after their last album release, James reached the end of their contract, and Tim Booth announced he was leaving the band to concentrate on other projects of his own.
They played a farewell tour of the UK at the end of the year. The albums Gold MotherLaidand Whiplash each containing bonus tracks were re-released by Mercury Records the following year, as well as a B-sides compilation entitled B-Sides Ultra. A planned compilation of material from the band's Factory and Sire years was announced inbut the album, Strange Dancingwas never released. The first two James albums, Stutter and Strip-minewere re-pressed in Junebut without any additional rarities.
Booth continued as a solo artist in with the release of his solo album Boneco-written and produced by Lee Muddy Baker. In January singer Tim Booth's personal website announced that "Tim will be rejoining James in early for a series of live shows to be announced very soon".
Booth confirmed in interviews that he became convinced to rejoin the band after meeting up with Glennie and Gott the previous November for a jamming session, out of which new songs were born. The initial five dates of the tour were expanded to seven on the day tickets went on sale 26 January due to high demand; the whole tour had sold out by close of business. The tour took place during late Apriland was followed later in the year by more live shows, including festival appearances at T in the Park and V Festival.
The band also appeared at SummercaseBarcelona's top music concert in Spain during July Andy Diagram also rejoined the band as trumpet player during the festival tour. April saw the release of a new compilation album, Fresh as a Daisy — The Singlesaccompanied by a DVD compilation of all the band's promo videos.
The new album Hey Ma was released on 7 James - Millionaires (CDpeaking at number 10 on the UK album charts, and a three-week tour to promote the album commenced on 10 April An arena tour of the UK called "We Are Sound" followed in December, on which two new songs "Porcupine" and "Look Away" were previewed as tasters for a new studio album.
A live album with a selection of songs recorded during the spring tour was exclusively sold at the merchandise stalls of the "We Are Sound" tour. Live in was limited to copies. The band announced plans to release two mini-albums by April The Night Before was released on 19 April, although its follow-up, The Morning Afterwas released later than expected, on 2 August Another UK tour took place in December.
A date North American tour began in September to promote the combined album as well as showcase the songs James - Millionaires (CD the UK tour.
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