Saturday, 28 April 2012
SUSAN FASSBENDER and KAY RUSSELL - 'Twilight Cafe - The Demo Collection (1981-1985)'
More than 30 years since 'Twilight Cafe' reached number 21 in the UK charts, Platform Records are delighted to be releasing 'The Demo Collection (1981-1985)', a 20 track album of previously unavailable recordings from Susan Fassbender and Kay Russell.
Available at all download stores from April 30th 2012, the collection includes the original demo version of the duo's hit single, as well as several songs which will be familiar to Fassbender/Russell fans, including several of those featured on the second and final of their CBS 7'' singles. Lots of unearthed gems are included too, and the range of styles and impressive arrangements make up a fantastic 70 minutes of music.
All tracks mastered from cassette by William at Soundworks Studios, Leeds. Additional mastering, sound processing, track compilation and pack shot design by Ewan McKenzie. Pack shot pencil drawings by Dianima.
With grateful thanks to the family of Susan Fassbender, and to Kay Russell.
+ For an exclusive interview with Kay Russell, and a review of the album, CLICK HERE. +
Twilight Cafe (The Demo Collection 1981-1985)
Susan Fassbender's classic hit single 'Twilight Cafe' should have been the springboard to a successful chart career. Chock full of memorable melodic Pop Rock with superb keyboard work it bounced into the charts in February1981 and promised much for her career. Unfortunately two equally infectious follow up singles, both issued as Fassbender-Russell with her songwriting partner Kay Russell, failed to chart and a mooted album never materialised. Sadly, the Yorkshire born musician took her own life in 1991 but thanks to Kay Russell this collection of cassette tape demo's has been cleaned up and transferred to digital and remain as fresh, sparkling and easy on the ear as the day they were committed to tape ensuring that her legacy lives on. This may be on the lighter side of Rock but this does not detract from what is a fine collection of radio friendly Pop Rock.
Steve Ward Classic Rock Society Magazine Review July/August edition 2012.