The Millers Tale - Wish It Away download album
2001 saw the release of The Millers Tale's self-titled debut - an 8 track mini-album - on Sydney's Vitamin label. The release received some airplay nationally, as well as warm praise from the music press. July 2004 sees the release of a full length album, "Wish It Away", also on the Vitamin label. The new release cements the strengths of The Millers Tale - engaging and finely crafted songs, wonderful melodies, sweet vocals, heart-warming harmonies and accomplished acoustic guitar work.
Instruments, Vocals, Written-By – Rebecca Quade, John Maclean (7). Mastered By – William Bowden. Organ – Clayton Doley (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 6). Percussion – Arne Hanna (tracks: 1), Jackie Orszaczky (tracks: 1). Producer – Jackie Orszaczky, The Millers Tale. Recorded By – Scott Horscroft. Recorded By – The Millers Tale. Recorded By, Mixed By – Chris Thompson (2). Recorded By – Arne Hanna, Clayton Doley.
The Millers Tale - Rebecca Quade and John Maclean - peddles a superior brand of folk and country infused pop. At their chirpiest, as in the first half of Wish It Away, their first full-length album, they bring to mind fellow Melburnians Frente, who vanished without trace after topping the charts briefly back in the late 90's. But the overall mood is melancholic, even if the edge is dissolved to a degree by a combination of warm acoustic melodies, sweet vocals and magical harmonies.
Absolon, moving away from the window, continually says allas!, sometimes weeping like a beaten child. By the time he arrived at a blacksmith called don Gerveys, Absolon didn’t care a bean for Alison, and persuaded his friend to lend him the hot poker in the chimney. The plot within the tale is hugely clever and elaborate, studded with religious imagery: indeed, when John the Carpenter is mentioned as regularly leaving the house, you wonder why the two didn't just sleep together when he was out?
5. Postcard From Waterloo. The Miller's Tale contain two parts - a brilliant Live performance, and a selection of Studio recordings by Tom Verliane and Television. I doubt anyone here requires a lesson on who Tom Verlaine or Television are. So I'll go straight into the CDs. The Live album is great. The highlights of the First album include mad guitars on ALLWAYS, A superior version of POSTCARD FROM WATERLOO, a nice BREAKIN' IN MY HEART, annd great versions of two calssic Television songs, MARQUEE MOON and PROVE IT. The only weak cut on it is KINGDOM COME, which is a great song (covered by Bowie on his Scary Monsters album), but which doesn't quite live up to the studio version. The second CD, though, is a much more shaky business.
|4||Wish It Away||3:10|
|9||Mark On My Heart||3:26|
|12||Where She Lives||3:41|
- Recorded At – Zen Studios, Sydney
- Recorded At – Big Jesus Burger Studios
- Recorded At – Martin Street Studios
- Mixed At – Martin Street Studios
- Arranged By [String And Brass Arrangements], Recorded By [@ Their Homes In Sydney] – Jackie Orszaczky
- Backing Vocals – Tess Hildebrand* (tracks: 3, 11)
- Bass [Fuzz Bass] – Jackie Orszaczky (tracks: 4, 11)
- Cello – Adrian Wallis (tracks: 2, 8, 12)
- Drums, Percussion – Angus Diggs (tracks: 3, 5, 11), Hamish Stuart (tracks: 2, 4, 9)
- Electric Bass – Jackie Orszaczky (tracks: 1, 11)
- Electric Guitar – Arne Hanna (tracks: 6, 7)
- Electric Guitar, Synthesizer – Dean Manning (tracks: 6)
- Electric Piano – Jackie Orszaczky (tracks: 4, 5, 11)
- Instruments [The Millers Tale Is:], Vocals, Written-By – Rebecca Quade*, John Maclean
- Mastered By – William Bowden
- Organ [Hammond] – Clayton Doley (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 6)
- Percussion – Arne Hanna (tracks: 1), Jackie Orszaczky (tracks: 1)
- Producer – Jackie Orszaczky, The Millers Tale
- Recorded By [@ Big Jesus Burger In Sydney] – Scott Horscroft
- Recorded By [@ Home In Melbourne] – The Millers Tale
- Recorded By [@ Martin St In Melbourne], Mixed By – Chris Thompson
- Recorded By [@ Their Homes In Sydney] – Arne Hanna, Clayton Doley
- Recorded By [@ Zen Studios In Sydney] – Geoff Lee
- Trumpet, Trombone – James Greening (tracks: 1)
- Viola – Debbie Lander* (tracks: 2, 8, 12)
- Violin – Fi Claus (tracks: 11)