Smoke Up Close

Smoke Up Close

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30-track double-CD released November 2002

Smoke Up Close is an acoustic album of 30 songs, written in three months and recorded in seven sessions.

No overdubs, no edits. Because I said I would. I needed to stand naked in front of the world.


Encouraged by the audience reaction to the acoustic tours, Colin took the opportunity to create songs and record them without any of the lavish arrangements often associated with his work.

As 30 acoustic tracks spread across two CDs, it’s demanding of listeners and one of his least accessible works. But while the album can be challenging, as single albums (or tracks shuffled on an iPod, perhaps?) the music here is among Colin’s most touching and most rewarding.

While Water on Snow could have been a Black album, Colin insisted that Smoke up Close was too personal to ever be anything but a Colin Vearncombe solo album.

Read ‘Smoke Up Close – Essay No. 7 in the series The Music of Black (Colin Vearncombe)’ here.


Disc 1

Disc 2

Original album credits

Produced and mixed by Colin Vearncombe and Martin Green.
All tracks written by Colin Vearncombe except Come To Me written by Colin
Vearncombe and William Topley and Trouble Forgot You written by Colin
Vearncombe and Graham Henderson.
Recorded by Martin Green, mastered by Pete Brown.
℗ & © 2002 Nero Schwarz Limited.

All tracks published by Hornall Brothers (Music) Ltd. Except Come To Me
published by Hornall Brothers (Music) Ltd./BMG and Trouble Forgot You
published by Hornall Brothers (Music) Ltd./copyright control.

30 songs written in three months, performed in seven sessions – no overdubs, no edits.
30 songs because I said I would.

With love, Colin

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