A special 'addition'...'
The question which those of us fortunate enough to have been savouring this album since its original release in 2005 will be asking upon the appearance of this special edition is “How exactly do you improve an already textbook example of the sublime singer songwriter’s art?” 'As I Was Saying’ boasts the loveliest melodies this side of prime period McCartney and a winning lyrical mix of witty wordplay worthy of Coward at his sharpest tempered by tender moments of longing capable of breaking the hardest of hearts in three minutes flat! If you are new to the magical world of John Howard, you couldn’t pick a better point of entry. Longtime aficionados, however, will delight in two beautiful alternate takes – both of which fully deserve to have been selected first time around – and two splendid live cuts, all of which are welcome additions to the catalogue. A ‘special edition’ indeed, from a very special artist.