Council Skies (With Bonus 7")Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Includes Bonus 7" featuring an Exclusive Acoustic Version of "Pretty Boy"
From the evocative album title to the cover art, to the lyrics themselves, Council Skies sees Noel Gallagher reclaiming his past and paying homage to his Mancunian roots. His most varied and accomplished solo record to date, Noel's fourth solo studio album is a record framed by confidence, risk-taking, surefooted creative freedom, and great emotional depth. Council Skies was recorded at Noel's own Lone Star Sound Recording Studios in London, with the album's lusciously orchestrated strings recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Produced by Noel with long-time collaborator Paul ‘Strangeboy' Stacey, the album also features performances from Johnny Marr on three tracks, including the single "Pretty Boy." Council Skies takes its title from a book by revered northern illustrator and friend of Noel, artist Pete McKee. It covers themes of youthful yearning, and unbridled ambition.
Speaking of the album, Noel says: "It's going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be ... that's as true to me now as it was in the early ‘90s. When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment, music took me out of that. Top of the Pops on TV transformed your Thursday night into this fantasy world, and that's what I think music should be. I want my music to be elevating and transforming in some way."
The artwork, shot by renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, sees Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' live equipment setup placed on the original center spot of what was Maine Road Football Stadium, with this year marking 100 years since the ground was opened as the former home of Noel's beloved Manchester City FC. Throughout the accompanying album artwork, Cummins captures locations poignant to Noel's formative years - culminating with a striking image of Manchester's Piccadilly train station, marking the moment Noel left his home city for London. This visual representation perfectly encapsulates the themes, journey and emotional heart of Council Skies.
Heavyweight vinyl LP with a bonus 7" featuring an exclusive acoustic version of "Pretty Boy."
- I'm Not Giving Up Tonight
- Pretty Boy
- Dead To The World
- Open The Door, See What You Find
- Trying To Find A World That's Been And Gone Pt. 1
- Easy Now
- Council Skies
- There She Blows!
- Love Is A Rich Man
- Think Of A
- We're Gonna Get There In The End
- Pretty Boy (Acoustic)