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Wild Smile

Epic Soundtracks

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The late Epic Soundtracks was a drummer and pianist who began recording solo material in the early ‘80s after the demise of his band Swell Maps. But throughout the ‘80s he preferred to work with groups, like Jacobites (with his old bandmate Nikki Sudden), Crime & The City Solution, and others. Soundtracks returned to solo work (piano balladry, for the most part) in the early ‘90s and continued until his untimely death in 1997. Wild Smile is one of those bottomless-vault collections, following two other posthumous releases. Not only does it manage a decent job on Disc 1 of sampling Soundtracks' three solo albums (and the two posthumous releases, Good Things and Everything Is Temporary), but Disc 2 goes into “rarities” mode, pulling in live and studio versions of unreleased material and tracks like his earliest solo single (“Jelly Babies” with Robert Wyatt from 1981) and collaborations with people like Evan Dando (“C’mon Daddy,” plus a version sans Dando) and Max “Lizard” Edie (the wonderful Monkees cover “I Wanna Be Free”). There are some previously unreleased gems here, like the heartbreaking “Unfaithful Arms” and “Teenage Heart.” In a word: necessary.


Born: 23 March 1959 in Croydon, Surrey, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Perhaps best known as a co-founder of British post-punkers Swell Maps, Epic Soundtracks reinvented himself as an eccentric, critically acclaimed piano balladeer during the '90s. Soundtracks — who trademarked his stage name, forcing Epic Records' soundtrack division to change its spelling to "Soundtrax" — was born Kevin Paul Godfrey in Croydon, England, on March 23, 1959 (although several sources list Paul Godley). In 1972, he and his older brother Nicholas — later Nikki Sudden —...
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