Bio: When Gareth Williams died on Christmas Eve 2001 at the age of 48, the world lost a huge personality and a unique creative talent, yet little is known of his ... (more)
Bio: When Gareth Williams died on Christmas Eve 2001 at the age of 48, the world lost a huge personality and a unique creative talent, yet little is known of his work outside of the legendary group This Heat. With this first official release on Compact Disc of Williams's solo and collaborative works from 1985, Life and Living Records take the first steps to correcting this imbalance.
“Flaming Tunes” was recorded by Gareth Williams and Mary Currie with input from a variety of contributors including fellow This Heat member Charles Bullen, long term collaborators Martin Harrison and Rick Wilson, Mick Hobbs and others.
After Gareth left This Heat in the early eighties he made the first of several trips to India, an experience which affected him deeply on personal and musical levels. On returning he began a collaboration with Mary Currie, building up songs from fragments and simple arrangements, using whatever instruments they had to hand and the resourceful aesthetic of pushing a cassette portastudio to its maximum.
Originally released on cassette in 1985, “Flaming Tunes” has languished in relative obscurity over the years, although bootlegged in its entirety in the 1990's. There has been no official Compact Disc release until now. (less)