Gloryoski! I almost forgot to mention this since blogging time has been tragically thin on the ground for me lately, but Gary Daly of China Crisis has finally made good on his long-mooted solo effort that he had been mentioning online for the last dozen years or more.
“Gone From Here” will be released by MusicGlue on May 31st. I guess the meltdown of PledgeMusic has other crowdsource platforms taking up the slack as the elephant in the room has withered away. The album already has a taster out with The song “Carousel Of Stars” featuring lead vocals from another top Liverpudlian band, John Campbell of It’s Immaterial. Fans who sign up for updates from Daly’s MusicGlue site can hear it up front as a free DL. I’ll just mention that it sounds like a perfect mix of the two bands’ approaches! Campbell takes the lead with his patented voice over delivery while Daly sings the chorus most melodiously. It’s definitely a case of two great tastes that taste great together. My only query was why this took nearly 40 years to happen?
Gary Daly: Gone From Here UK CD 
- Write Your Wrongs
- Time It Takes
- I Work Alone
- Of Make Do And Mend
- Carousel Of Stars
- Transition / Peace
- Low Tide
- In The Cloudy Domain
- Dead Of Night
- Anger And / Or Rage
- Gone From Here
It looks like every member of China Crisis except for Eddie Lundon is pitching in on the effort. Brian McNeill of CC is one of the co-producers and the mixing in by Mark Pythian, who has quite a history with CC so this should slot in closely to where we last saw China Crisis on their excellent last album. Preorders may be made below in CD or LP formats.
But the annoying thing about all of this is that I just learned that it is not the first Gary Daly solo material. Eleven years ago he released what looked like a very limited EP that I’ll wager that you didn’t know about, either.
Gary Daly: How To Live And Love Your Life EURO CD5 
- Loved By The Bees
- Bang On A Dress
- They Conspire
- How To Live And Love Your Life
- Baghead Blues
It seemed to have been a limited, numbered, bespoke sort of release with lots of Daly art on postcards. It looks like one of the numbers on that small photo says 4 ½/10 so the print run may have been scandalously low. One of these days I will meet Gary Daly and ask him why he has never had a website since finding out anything about what he or China Crisis is doing always seems so exceedingly difficult to me. Especially where I don’t use FB. But maybe one day this will get a digital re-issue so that fans might hear it. Until then, prime the wallets for the upcoming Daly full album, which, thankfully, is actually getting a bit of PR.
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