Variance: The Torsten The Bareback Saint Remixes

Andy Bell - Front Cover

Andy Bell’s critically acclaimed electro-acoustic cabaret show and album ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’ was a brave and unexpected career move in 2014 from his comfort zone of being lead singer with Erasure, one of the world’s most successful synth-pop bands. Classic Pop magazine awarded it 5 stars.

After performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and before starting to write the second Torsten episode ‘Torsten The Beautiful Libertine’, songwriters Barney Ashton-Bullock and Christopher Frost, producer Michael J. Allison (Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard, Freddie Mercury) and Andy Bell himself collaborated in re-fashioning some of the album tracks purely for fun. These remixes include re-sung vocals, alternate and new lyrics and new instrumentation.

There are three remixes specifically made for the radio; two danceable remixes of ‘Weston-Super-Mare’ connecting the Torsten project back to Andy’s more familiar Erasure electro-pop heritage (thanks to synth-pop stalwarts Dancing With Ruby and mOOger!) and there’s a complete electro-pop re-work of fan favourite track ‘Bingo Hall Baby’ which has more than a touch of the Alan Bennett about it. The experimentation was perhaps at its most abstract on the Industrial Soundscape Mix of ‘Weston-Super-Mare’ which perhaps recalls early noise terrorists Cabaret Voltaire and Einstürzende Neubauten.

This surprisingly innovative 9-track collection is available as a CD packaged in a miniature replica LP gatefold sleeve, featuring a unique black vinyl CD.

N.B: This title is released 4th September 2015 and will not be dispatched before this date.

TRACK LISTING:

1. WESTON-SUPER-MARE (RADIO SUPER MIX)
2. WESTON-SUPER-MARE (EXTENDED VERSION)
3. WESTON-SUPER-MARE (DANCING WITH RUBY REMIX)
4. WESTON-SUPER-MARE (MOOGER! REMIX)
5. WESTON-SUPER-MARE (INDUSTRIAL SOUNDSCAPE MIX)
6. BINGO HALL BABY (ELECTROPOP REMAKE)
7. I DON’T LIKE (RADIO REMIX)
8. FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (RADIO REMIX)
9. TORSTEN THE BAREBACK SAINT (PROMOTIONAL MEDLEY)

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Andy Bell is… Torsten The Bareback Saint

Torsten CD Cover

In an amazing and surprising career move and, in his own words, “the biggest challenge of my career so far”, Erasure’s Andy Bell is ‘Torsten The Bareback Saint’. Andy sings in character as an age-defying polysexual in an all new solo album that is the soundtrack to the theatre show of the same name. A theatre show that is headlining the Assembly – Venue One, George Square at the 2014 Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and which, even before opening, has been already been named in The Times newspaper as being in their Times 2 ‘Top Ten Pick Of The Fringe’.

“Torsten The Bareback Saint” is a highly theatrical and moving song-cycle of lyrical postcards from the hotspots of an outsider’s memory; memories from a life lived as a semi-immortal, learned sensualist. Andy Bell as ‘Torsten’ sings deeply affecting expositional songs that incrementally illuminate his extraordinarily mysterious life as a man disconcerted by his own bizarre experience of the nature of passing time.

Torsten is an ‘everyman’ for our times; a prophet of longing, loss and love ever after.

The CD is housed in a deluxe 36 page hardback book containing the full libretto and production photographs.

Track Listing:

1.    FRESHLY
2.    TEACHER! TEACHER!
3.    FREE
4.    STAR FOR LIFE
5.    BINGO HALL BABY
6.    FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
7.    WORLD WITHOUT END
8.    V FOR….
9.    I DON’T LIKE
10.    MOBILE
11.    THE BOY FROM THE SAUNA
12.    WESTON-SUPER-MARE
13.    (WE WAITED FOR) THE CIRCUS
14.    GOOD THINGS
15.    PEOPLE COME, PEOPLE GO
16.    DON’T CALL ME UP
17.    TELL ME THE STORY OF YOUR POVERTY
18.    THIS GAY THING ISN’T WORKING
19.    AFLAME
20.    MR. AVERAGE
21.    IS IT NOT ENOUGH?
22.    AS I PREPARE TO TAKE MY LIFE

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