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If the 20 Bill Fay songs that surfaced on 2004’s Tomorrow, Tomorrow and Tomorrow seemed like a lot, this 2010 collection may overwhelm with its whopping 43 tracks. With recordings spanning from 1971 to 2009, Still Some Light is a lot to ingest, but its sequence is more flowing than daunting. While the Wilco-covered “Be Not So Fearful” is curiously absent, the first 17 songs here were culled from that same period, where Fay was accompanied by guitarist Ray Russell, bassist Daryl Runswick, and drummer Alan Rushton. “Backwoods Maze” opens, spotlighting the contrast between Fay’s restrained vocal approach and Russell’s busy flurry of buzzing, twanging electric guitar leads: a combo that made for winsome chemistry between the two. With vocals sounding a bit like Townes Van Zandt, Fay’s somber lyrics battle with Russell’s acid rock guitar wailing in “The Sun Is Bored.” The disturbing “Pictures of Adolph Again” finds Fay comparing Christ to Hitler over a twangy folk-rock backdrop. Fay’s 2009 home-studio recordings make up the second half. Standouts include the Leonard Cohen–esque “My Eyes Open” and the hopeful “One Day.”

Customer Reviews

beautiful man_wonderful songs

Nice gentleman who was kind enough to reply to my daughter after she wrote him expressing her love of his music. Dark songs but well written, tasteful and never self indulgent. Sincere and insightful.

bad mixes

these tunes are great but this recording sounds like it was recorded, played through a car stereo and then recorded again.


Born: North London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '00s, '10s

Obscure British singer/songwriter Bill Fay made a couple of albums in the early '70s that matched Dylanesque songwriting with unusual arrangements. Fay had actually done his first single, "Some Good Advice"/"Screams in the Ears," for Deram back in 1967, produced by early Donovan co-manager Peter Eden. The single introduced his characteristic downbeat melodies and scrambled poetic lyrics, though with somewhat more pop-oriented production and melodies, than those heard on his albums. It wouldn't be...
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