Time of the Last Persecution (RSD LP 2021)

 
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Bill Fay
Time of the Last Persecution (RSD LP 2021)

[ Deram / LP ]

Release Date: Saturday 17 July 2021

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Often labelled as enigmatic, Bill Fay's loyal cult following has grown significantly over the years. Signed to Decca, the singer-songwriter and pianist released two albums in 1970 ('Billy Fay') and 1971 'Time Of The Last Persecution'; their haunting, darkly shadowed songs were never meant to appeal to the masses, even at the height of the psychedelia-streaked introspection sparked by the soul-searching and ravaging events of the day. The title track, Time of the Last Persecution, was written in an immediate and visceral response to the killings of four students at Kent State.

However, Fay's records fell into obscurity, and he virtually vanished from music for more than two decades. Producer Joshua Henry, who had grown up listening to Fay's early albums from his father's record collection, tracked down and finally persuaded the reclusive songwriter to record again and hired Matt Deighton to assemble a studio band.

The end result, Life Is People, appeared in August of 2012. Fay played live shows, but maintained his privacy. He released a follow-up, Who Is the Sender? in 2015, and a third album, Countless Branches in 2020. Among his fans are musicians including Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and The War On Drugs. All three albums received universal critical acclaim.

Tracks:

A1 Omega Day
A2 Don't Let My Marigolds Die
A3 I Hear You Calling
A4 Dust Filled Room
A5 'Til The Christ Come Back
A6 Release Is In The Eye
A7 Laughing Man

B1 Inside The Keepers Pantry
B2 Tell It Like It Is
B3 Plan D
B4 Pictures Of Adolf Again
B5 Time Of The Last Persecution
B6 Come A Day
B7 Let All The Other Teddies Know