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Pre-order a signed CD of Gary Kemp’s new album

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Gary Kemp’s second ever solo album, INSOLO, will be released in June and fans of the Spandau Ballet guitarist and songwriter can secure a signed CD from Amazon UK.

The album follows a quarter of a century on from his debut Little Bruises and features the new ‘single’ Ahead of the Game which you can preview below.

The first song from INSOLO is ‘Ahead of the Game’

The 11-track album has been written and produced by Kemp and it focuses on two dominant themes: “the paradox of solitude in an urban landscape” and Gary’s “growing obsession with life seen through a rear-view mirror and how the past infects our present”.

What do you think of the new song? Leave a comment!

INSOLO is available on CD and vinyl and will be released on 18 June 2021, via Columbia.

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Tracklisting

INSOLO Gary Kemp /

      1. In Solo
      2. A Rumour Of You
      3. Waiting For The Band
      4. Ahead Of The Game
      5. I Remember You
      6. Too Much
      7. The Fastest Man In The World
      8. I Am The Past
      9. The Feet Of Mercury
      10. The Haunted
      11. Our Light

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SDE Resident

I cant go for that . . .

It is good but the voice lets it down. As i was watching the video of the “Ahead of the Game” song I was imagining Daryl Hall singing it…. in my mind it would have been perfect.
There is no doubting Gary Kemp’s talent but if there is one criticism it is the voice, as other people have also commented upon.

In The Saucerful of Secrets band he is excellent. Here he is steering between rock and pop and soul all in the same song and it doesn’t gel for me.

As for the album release: you got a £10 cd and a £20 album. Simple. I wont be buying either…..but if it was Daryl and John, I would buy both.

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Gary will be talking to Janice Forsyth, today about his album ,if anybody is interested, BBC radio Scotland 13,30.
Janice Forsyth long-term partner is p.j. moore from the blue Nile again if anybody is interested!

SDE Resident

I rather like this new song and was pleasantly surprised by Gary’s voice (I was anticipating an unrecoverable drop off from a certain Mr Hadley). Further thanks to universalexports1962 for the mention of Gary’s Rockonteurs Podcast with Guy Pratt. Am definitely enjoying this along with Mark Nevin’s the Dad Pill on Mixcloud.

BrucePadgett
SDE Reader

I really enjoyed the song, more than I expected to given Tony isn’t singing. A nice poppy slice of blue-eyed soul, which Gary’s vocals serves well. Oh, but imagine if Tony was about.

Jon 90
SDE Reader

I’ve played the song twice now and really like it. It’s got a lot of depth and a big sound to it and based on this I will be buying it when it ships over here in Australia.

juggsnelson
SDE Resident

Grabbed the signed vinyl from Gary’s store as the price with shipping to the USA was very fair. Thanks for the heads up on this Paul as it was not on my radar at all!!

Dan Krist
SDE Reader

Missed out on the signed CD but just ordered the vinyl and CD through Amazon US. Thanks Paul!

Dan Krist
SDE Reader

Actually I was able to order a signed CD and transparent vinyl LP right from Gary Kemp’s own website shop.

Enrico
SDE Reader

You cane order on Gary s site directly! Ordered mine signed yestersay. Enrico

universalexports1962
SDE Reader

I think it is a really good song. Looking forward to seeing Gary with Nick Mason’s Soucerful of Secrets next year. Check out his Rockonteurs with Gary Kemp and Guy Pratt podcast which is excellent.

SDE Resident

Gary is also great value for money on the latest “Word in Your Ear” podcast.

Cheetah
SDE Resident

The song is great, sounds different to other music and is classy. I have ordered the signed CD. I have always been a big Spandau Ballet fan.

Last edited 10 days ago by Cheetah
Cindy
SDE Reader

I watched the video yesterday. I can see why Gary described the song as having a “70’s vibe.” I just thought it was “OK,” but went and ordered the signed CD from his store because I’m a big Spandau fan and a big fan of the Kemp brothers. Glad I did because it looks like it’s sold out on Amazon UK! I’m interested to hear the rest of the album and I hope the signature is as nice as the picture.

Cris
SDE Resident

The song starts off well, and has that brief piano “bridge” with those two chords clearly referring to “Gold”, but in the end it is quite average. Also, the chorus is weak and an anticlimax, making the song become too American with those backing vocalists and “already – heard”… (British artists should leave those for the live versions and stick to good old choruses based on overdubs)
With Tony Hadley on vocals, it would at least have gained power and character. Sadly Gary is OK for choruses contrasting Tone’ s baritone but not lead vocals. Indeed, the (Saucerful) guitar is inevitably at the fore.
The video is very nice. Makes me think of something 80s, a bit Marc Almond, a bit Matt Bianco, a bit Hue and Cry, a bit Animal Nightlife circa Shangri – La.
Our always very vain and fashion conscious Gary gets it wrong this time: sorry Gary double breasted blazers should have only two rows of buttons, not three. Otherwise they become overcoats, and you look clumsy in them. And as McCann also noted, please put a pair of socks on when wearing that kind of suit and shirt (for OK suits + t shirts + no socks please consult the video for “Rio”): leave it to the 20 year olds to look ridiculous and freeze their ankles in Winter.
If the personnel is of such high quality I am yet curious to hear the album.

SDE Resident

I’m sorry, but I have to disagree with you about the double-breasted look. The Prince Charles 3-row with side vents is the only way to go.

John mc cann
SDE Resident

I wonder if all the band members still have the old western themed suits from the 83 tour?

SDE Resident

I wouldn’t be surprised. The great thing about Gary is that he appears to have no shame about any part of his past!

Paul Chapman
SDE Resident

hmmmmm.

What a truly strange ‘review’ (if that’s how to describe it).

When you get to ‘review’ the album, think I’ll pass!

Cris
SDE Resident

… Because beyond the music I commented on video, blazer and shoes?
I thought SDE readers usually tend to observe and comment the “whole package”…

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Yes mate,it’s a forum for casual conversation,it’s not a boot camp!we talk about the music,but if we go off on a tangent and talk about stings black eye on whistle test and how he wore sunglasses (quadrophenia accident) then all the better!, It’s called banter, Keep it up

Cris
SDE Resident

Cheers mate!

Paul Chapman
SDE Resident

I was commenting on the overall tone of your review seemed very faint praise

DonnieBiscotti
SDE Resident

Don’t know why biu always think Gary’s songs would sound better sung by somebody else. Somebody taller. Anyway it’s on signed black vinyl OR on clear vinyl. Obviously I want signed clear vinyl. Grr. I’ve only recently started buying pre autographed vinyl, it’s a lockdown thing.

Gareth
SDE Resident

That’s a really strong track. The signature on amazon looks good so have pre-ordered this. In a few months I will have in my hands the signatures of Mr Kemp, Van Morrison and Richard Thompson. Exciting times!

ChristopherM
SDE Resident

Did anybody else look at that cover and immediately think of “Sweet Fanny Adams” by Sweet?

universalexports1962
SDE Reader

Yes, I see what you mean. I have the Sweet SFA t-shirt.

LaraRichards
SDE Fanatic

I see the signed CD is advertised by Amazon as an “Amazon exclusive”. It isn’t. Signed CDs and signed LPs are available from his online store operated via Recordstore. I’m losing count of the amount of times releases that are advertised as an exclusive but are available elsewhere too. It’s naughty to describe them as such.

SimonP2
SDE Resident

Not Kemp related but an interesting “Amazon exclusive” tale. Amazon UK recently sold (apparently) 1000 exclusive signed copies of Zara Larsson new CD “Poster Girl” – so exclusive that when they hit doormats, nobody could find the signature. Reason – it wasnt there. They were all plain standard CDs. When people started to return them for replacement – Amazon again sent out unsigned copies as the replacement. And they are continuing to do so. Nobody as yet has received a signed copy. The review comments posted on the listing are both frustrating and hilarious.

Mark Yon
SDE Reader

Had a similar issue with a “signed” book from Amazon a few months ago, Simon. It was only after I had had three other copies – all unsigned! – and lengthy chats online, all promising me the new copy would be signed, that I spoke to the author who told me that it wouldn’t be. Back then it was blamed on the pandemic and not being able to go and sign copies. Now – who knows?

Back on topic – apologies, Paul! – but Gary Kemp was a revelation to me on the Nick Mason “Saucerful of Secrets” tour. Totally wasn’t expecting what I saw, so if this is similar, it should be great.

Cindy
SDE Reader

I ordered a signed James Blunt CD from Amazon UK once and it appeared to arrive with no signature. They sent a replacement that also appeared to have no signature. I tweeted about it and received a DM from James Blunt’s account (maybe it was him, who knows??) apologizing and saying they would contact the record company to see what could be done. They sent me a signed card. I saw other tweets complaining about the same issue. Then I noticed on the CD’s that if you held them carefully in the light the signature on the dark booklet was in BLACK MARKER. WTF? This is why many people thought they received an unsigned copy!! Oy.

WayneUK
SDE Resident

Not really my thing, but, he looks to have some good musicians on this.

SimonP2
SDE Resident

“the paradox of solitude in an urban landscape” – pretentious, moi? Sounds a hoot…

There are apparently some quality musicians on this including several of his Saucerful chums so this is worth a punt

Incidentally, Gary Kemp store has signed vinyl if that’s your preference (they also have signed CDs but are more expensive than Amazon)

SimonP
SDE Legend

Have a like from your namesake for the pretentious bit.

The song is awful, I couldn’t listen to the whole thing.

SDE Resident

Ordered. Great single and I enjoyed Little Bruises all those years ago.
Gary is great on the Rockentours podcast and I’m looking forward to seeing the Saucerful of Secrets next year

John mc cann
SDE Resident

Great song Gary! Saw them as a 14 year old Glasgow Apollo 83,,
Looks like he’s been round Chris’s Sullivan’s house,, borrowing his old suit,,and get some socks on Gary! You’re not Charlie Nicholas circa 82 ,

SDE Resident

Pre-ordered already – looking forward to this release. Gary has confirmed that Queen drummer Roger Taylor makes an appearance on the album.

John mc cann
SDE Resident

So is that song about Freddie Mercurys feet then?