Richard Ashcroft has announced new album ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol.1’, due out on 29 October 2021.
The full-length will feature 12 newly recorded acoustic versions of classic songs from his extensive back catalogue spanning both his solo career and as frontman of The Verve.
Produced by Richard with Chris Potter, the album features his regular live band alongside some special collaborators, with Wil Malone providing the string arrangements recorded at Abbey Road Studios. In addition, Chuck Leavell performs piano, Roddy Bloomfield leads the brass section, and Steve Wyreman contributes further acoustic guitar and backing vocal arrangements.
The tracklisting includes a new version of ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, which was the catalyst for the initial conversation that led to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards returning the song writing credit to Richard.
‘C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ featuring Liam Gallagher has always been a favourite of both artists since it was originally played by Ashcroft to Liam on a piano somewhere in Majorca back in 1998.
‘This Thing Called Life’ is a totally reworked version of the song, which was originally recorded with No I.D. in the USA for the RPA & The United Nations Of Sound project.
The two-time Ivor Novello winner has also lined-up four special acoustic shows for this autumn – full details below:
London Palladium, 16-17 Oct **SOLD OUT***
Liverpool M&S Bank Arena, 29
London Royal Albert Hall, 01 Nov ***SOLD OUT***
The singer-songwriter has released five Top 5 solo albums to date, including his No.1 debut ‘Alone With Everybody’.
Richard Ashcroft ‘Acoustic Hymns Vol.1’ Full Album Tracklisting:
‘A Song For The Lovers’
‘C’mon People (We’re Making It Now)’ ft. Liam Gallagher
‘This Thing Called Life’
‘Space & Time’
‘Break The Night With Colour’
‘The Drugs Don’t Work’