This double CD is a kind of ‘Asher’s juke-box’! The production makes these largely acoustic renditions sound like they are being sung in a cathedral, indeed many of Asher’s (aka Asher Quinn, Asha, Denis Quinn) concerts are sung in churches. Imagine a candle-lit cathedral and the extraordinarily warm intimacy of Asher’s voice as he sings just with a guitar, or a keyboard generating a choir sound. Notable are his versions of ‘Stand by me’, ‘Unchained melody’, Tim Hardin’s ‘Hang on to a dream’, Leonard Cohen’s ‘Alexandra leaving’, and Bob Dylan’s ‘Tomorrow is a long time’. Ballads by Bruce Springsteen and Van Morrison are also represented, and… perhaps more surprisingly… by The Stranglers and The Smiths too! There is great beauty, purity and emotion in this recording, and it’s almost as if a spell is cast whereby well-known songs are re-interpreted to reveal the mystical intensity sometimes inherent in them. One-take ‘live’ performances recorded at Expandibubble Studio, Bexhill-on-sea.
Artist – Asher Quinn, Asha,
Total running time:- CD1 – 51:02, CD2 – 56:16