Following on from the success of their album of originals Certified Blue last year, The Black Sorrows will release simultaneously, two limited edition 12” vinyl LPs titled Endless Sleep (Chapter 46) and Endless Sleep (Chapter 47), on April 17 2015. The discs are a tribute to the likes of Lou Reed, JJ Cale, John Coltrane, Captain Beefheart, Hank Williams, Skip James and more. “I tip my hat to the spirit of these artists who have inspired me and give the songs another opportunity to be heard…I’m a disciple and it’s a bit of soul food.” Joe Camilleri
A few tracks were recorded at the same time as Certified Blue for “entertainment value”. As the original artists /songwriters are deceased, Endless Sleep, a track on the album by fifties rockabilly artist Jody Reynolds, seemed the perfect title. Special guests include Vika Bull singing Big MayBelle’s 1958 song That’s a Pretty Good Love, a standout track on Chapter 46.
In support of the release in Europe, the band will embark on a 20 date tour of the UK and Scandinavia in August including 6 performances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2014 Joe Camilleri celebrated 50 years in the music business. The release of the highly successful album Certified Blue added to the 50th celebrations by giving him his first mainstream chart appearance in almost a decade. Album number 45 for Camilleri and number 17 for The Black Sorrows, Certified Blue peaked at No. 2 in the ARIA Jazz and Blues Chart and finished at No. 5 for the year after 40 weeks. In The Australian Blues and Roots Chart, the album peaked at No. 1: quite an achievement for an independent release.
The Black Sorrows are:- Joe Camilleri – vocals, guitar, sax, harp | John McAll – keyboards, vocals | Claude Carranza – guitar, vocals | Mark Gray – bass, vocals | Angus Burchall – drums . Endless Sleep is another superb production by Joe Camilleri and The Sorrows’ keyboard player, John McAll.
“The latest version of The Black Sorrows is finely honed outfit…Willy DeVille’s Storybook Love and No Such Pain …are album highlights…Brian Wise Rhythms May/June 2015
“Released as two vinyl LPs, records number 46 and 47 for Joe Camilleri are full of beautifully judged covers of country, blues, soul, rock and jazz recordings that have continued to inspire him. Whether, he’s radically rearranging Hank Williams and Skip James or staying close to the original with John Coltrane’s ‘Lonnie’s Lament,’ there’s a real reverence and musical intelligence in the Black Sorrows approach to these songs.” Lucky Oceans Daily Planet ABC Radio National
“They are without doubt, the best recorded discs I’ve heard in some time. Sounds like every instrument and vocal was surrounded by close microphones with the intimacy of every nuance, captured beautifully and mixed with amazing care and separation….Both discs make up a great collection of performances, only made better by the amazing sound quality in the way each was captured.” Brandon Stewart ABC Local Radio
“…powerful collection of covers…Dirty Boulevard is a show piece for the Sorrows’ strong vocal personality and for its tight arrangements lifted above the commonplace by pauses, pacing and close harmonies…the recordings are rich and punchy, with gutsy guitar , full bass and focussed vocals..
Jez Ford Australian HiFi Mar/Apr
“…Joe Camilleri leads from the front with his timeless voice and, on moments like the cover of Coltrane’s Lonnie’s Lament, some smooth saxophone playing…Vika Bull’s kickarse version of That’s A Pretty Good Love a highlight of a record that features many good times, and offers Black Sorrows fans another hit of that vintage sound.” themusic.com.au
” …the Black Sorrows’ cover of Hank Williams’ I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry seems as though Williams had written the tune especially for Joe Camilleri, some 66 years after the fact. … it’s this contrast across the record that most appeals. Clearly a passion project, Chapter 47 is a bucket of fun and memories, wrapped in that vintage Black Sorrows sound.” themusic.com.au