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Clive Gregson

Clive Gregson and Christine Collister were the most moving and memorable U.K. folk-rock duo to emerge since Richard & Linda Thompson. Gregson's wry tales of the ins and outs of love, sung in Collister's heartbreaking voice, have earned the duo (and subsequent solo work) respect and a devoted following, though commercial success and mainstream recognition have eluded them.

Gregson (born January 4, 1955) was the founder of Any Trouble, a pub rock/new wave quartet, in Manchester in 1975. The band's sound, and Gregson's songwriting and singing, reminded some of Elvis Costello, and Any Trouble was signed by Stiff, Costello's label. The band made several well-remembered but poor-selling albums, then split up in 1984.

In 1984, Gregson discovered Collister singing in a folk club and, impressed by her talents, offered to work with her on future projects. Gregson had already begun an association with Richard Thompson, initially singing backup on the classic Shoot Out the Lights album in 1982. While working on Thompson's Hand of Kindness, Gregson suggested using Collister for additional backup vocal duties. The formula worked, and the two continued for years as integral parts of the Richard Thompson touring band, arguably the finest live band he's assembled. In 1985, Gregson made a solo album, Strange Persuasions, with Collister singing backup on a few tracks. The two began performing as a duo on the folk club circuit shortly thereafter; their first release was a homemade tape sold at gigs, later released as Home and Away. It was followed by their first formal album, Mischief, in 1987, and by a Change in the Weather in 1989. Love Is a Strange Hotel, released later the same year, was an album of cover versions of Gregson and Collister's favorite songs.

By 1992, the stress of constant touring and working together without substantial success finally took its toll on them. The two decided to go their separate ways after one parting shot, The Last Word, and one final tour. They both continued on as solo acts. Gregson eventually relocated to Nashville and has been the more active of the two, releasing the live "official bootleg" Carousel of Noise on his own label in 1994, People & Places in 1995, and I Love This Town in 1996 for Compass Records, in addition to various production work and side collaborations with Boo Hewerdine. Christine Collister continued to play the folk circuit, releasing a live album, Live, in 1995 and a new studio album, Blue Aconite, in 1997. In 1998, after a brief stint in the group Plainsong, Gregson returned with Happy Hour, and launched a successful tour of the U.K. with Hewerdine and Eddi Reader. Gregson's 2002 release, Comfort and Joy, was followed by extensive touring, including rare jaunts to the United States and Japan, but in 2003, his career was put on hold for several months after a fall from a ladder resulted in a broken shoulder and arm. Thankfully, Gregson fully recovered, and returned with a low-key solo set, Long Story Short, in late 2004. It would be some seven years before his next album, Bittersweet, produced by Gregson and featuring all original material, appeared in 2011. ~ Chris Woodstra & William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: This Is Now

1. My Kind of Girl

2. This Is Now

3. Same Way Too

4. Supposed to Do

5. Haarlem

6. Download

7. There

8. Kitty Come Back

9. You Slipped Away

10. Lovers

11. Flat Top

12. Storm Coming In

13. Sooner or Later

14. Such a Long Way from Home

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Track List: Bittersweet

1. Bittersweet

2. Come Around

3. Julianne

4. A Little More Love

5. Sunny Left Town

6. Till You Get Home

7. One For The Trees

8. The Door Is Open

9. Back Where I Belong

10. I Think I'm Falling In Love

11. Start Again

12. Daisy Chain

13. That's The Thing About Love

14. Without You

15. Pay No Never Mind

16. As Long As There Is Love

17. Rings

18. Everything Will Be Fine

19. The Other Side Of Love

20. Right Back To You

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Track List: The Best Of Clive Gregson

1. I Love This Town

2. Antidote

3. Home Is Where The Heart Is

4. Trouble With Love

5. Fred Astaire

6. Cornerstone

7. Touch & Go

8. Camden Town

9. Fingerless Gloves

10. Jericho Junction

11. Jewel In Your Crown

12. Cool, Cool Rain

13. Feathers

14. Summer Rain

15. Tattoo

16. Black Train Coming

17. Comfort & Joy

18. There Comes A Time

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Track List: Long Story Short

1. Cornerstone

2. Over The Garden Wall

3. Ghosts

4. Wintertime

5. My Bitter Half

6. Paper Dolls

7. L Never Learned A Thing About You

8. My Other Life

9. All My Stories

10. Jenny

11. Your Love

12. Joan Of Arkansas

13. I Remember You

14. Goldfish Bowl

15. Cool, Cool Rain

16. I'm Thinking Of You

17. Downtown

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Track List: Comfort And Joy

1. Frances O'Connor

2. Antidote

3. Fingerless Gloves

4. I'm There For You

5. It's You I Want To Hold

6. If I Was Your Lover

7. Catholic Girl

8. White Suit Of Notes

9. Riding On A Bus

10. Pretty Peggy-O

11. String Of Pearls

12. Comfort & Joy

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Track List: Happy Hour

1. I Get What I Deserve

2. Fred Astaire

3. Nothing Ever Lasts

4. Cause For Complaint

5. Melody

6. True Beauty

7. Firefly

8. Come Home Soon

9. Salt

10. I Would Have Walked Away

11. How Could I Resist?

12. Until We Meet Again

13. There Comes A Time

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Track List: I Love This Town

1. I Love This Town

2. Tattoo

3. Love Casts A Long Shadow

4. Jericho Junction

5. Lonely Street

6. Things I Didn't Do

7. Geography

8. Secondhand Car

9. Rumour Factory

10. Cross I Bear

11. Ramshackle Road

12. My Brilliant Past

13. Things I Didn't Do (Reprise)

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Track List: Carousel Of Noise

1. I Shake

2. Second Choice

3. Telephone Lines

4. Cozac/Hinxworth

5. The Queen's Head

6. Peggy, Sue

7. Lonesome Whistle

8. Dead Man's Shoes

9. That Same Mistake

10. The Minute You're Gone

11. Stay Another Day

12. Highlands In January/Kiss The Girls

13. I'm Gonna Take My Own Advice

14. Learning The Game

15. It Doesn't Take Much

16. I Was In Chains

17. It's All Just Talk

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Track List: Welcome To The Workhouse

1. Standing In Your Shadow

2. No Idea

3. First Time Behind The Wheel

4. Time Does Not Heal

5. Trouble With Love

6. Human Heart

7. I'll Be Your Man

8. This Tender Trap

9. You'd Better Go Home

10. Give Me A Chance

11. She'll Belong To Me

12. She's Out Of My Life

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Track List: Strange Persuasions

1. Summer Rain

2. Jewel In Your Crown

3. I Still See Her Face

4. Home Is Where The Heart Is

5. Play The Fool

6. Poor Relation

7. This Town

8. The Safety Net

9. Could This Be The One?

10. American Car

11. I Fall Apart

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