Dream Academy

Enough about Pink Floyd, for now, then. Back to how things used to be before everyone got carried away. October’s a long way off yet.

I’m really looking forward to this one and hope you are, too.

The Morning Lasted All Day: A Retrospective from The Dream Academy, is an anthology of their best-known songs with some rarities, lost tracks, previously unreleased tunes (two of which feature our very own David), and even a new recording – ‘The Sunrising’ – thrown in for good measure.

The double album takes its title, maybe you spotted already, from a lyric in the trio’s debut hit single, ‘Life In a Northern Town’, which I expect you’ll already know that David co-produced back in the day. Since then, the very lovely Nick Laird-Clowes, Dream Academy’s singer-songwriter/guitarist, has more than returned the favour to his good friend by way of many a modest and mysterious contribution, most notably to The Division Bell.

Remastered by Nick, there are 24 tunes across two CDs. David plays guitar on two of the previously unreleased tracks – ‘Living In a War’ and ‘The Chosen Few’, on which he also plays slide guitar. The album features the unreleased instrumental, ‘Power to Believe’ (from 1987’s cult film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles); the rare B-side, ‘Girl In a Million’; long-lost 12-inch track, ‘The Demonstration’, and ‘The Last Day of the War’, once lost but thankfully since found.

Other contributions are from Johnny Marr, Lindsey Buckingham, Poly Styrene (of X-Ray Spex) and J.D. Souther.

Nick Laird-Clowes, with multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John (piano/accordion/saxophone) and keyboardist Gilbert Gabriel, only recorded three albums between 1985 and 1990, so don’t miss this.

Available from all good music sellers, as well as the rubbish ones if you ask nicely, from 29 July, you can pre-order it here for your maximum convenience. Don’t say we don’t give you anything here.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

29 thoughts on “Dream Academy”

  1. … it’s the year of records, FEd! (Pun intended.) We get to hear unreleased songs galore. I preordered this one already, received TDB limited box set and wait for things to come. 😀

    Add Led Zeppelin’s remastered first three albums, that the postman brought today, I find it hard to find the time to hear what I’m buying. What comfortable stress. 😉



    1. … got an email from the online store of choice that the delivery is delayed until October. I hope it’s only a misunderstanding, though…

  2. Fed, got back last night.

    True Story: July 7th, Brighton (Hove, Actually as the local natives say). I happened upon a story about Endless River from Polly. How unreal can this be? Literally!!!!!!!

    We arrived July 3rd and stayed in Abridge where the 3rd leg of Tour de France went through Epping nearby. Missed that because time took us to the coast. Back to Abridge and onto a tour of the Cottswolds, Stratford On Avon 2 days nearby Snitterfields. Typical English cottage inn, beautiful garden and photos galore. Through Oxfordshire and a village of Blenheim Castle in Woodstock (Churchill’s birthplace). Back again. Breathtaking countryside. Sun followed us and the rains went elsewhere throughout this journey.

    Final destination, Southend at Thorpes Bay, tides changing every four hours. Saw the Vulcan aircraft at a visit to the airport there, a childhood fave in youth in Toronto Airshows. We never got into London at all.

    Family were awesome, loads of pics, beautiful weather, food and pubs, musical jazz in Brighton and even the flow of traffic went our way. What more can I say? We were blessed.

    Germany earned the World Cup, our Canadians did us proud at Wimbledon for Men’s and Women’s finals in tennis. A first for Canada to reach that level of contention.

    Jet lag comin’ on, so good to hear Richard in October. Can’t wait. Peace.

    1. It sounds really lovely, Frank. I’m so glad to hear that everything turned out as you’d hoped, and when the weather and traffic are both on your side, you know everything’s going to be just fine.

      (London’s overrated, anyway.)

    2. Happy Birthday, tomorrow, Frank!

      Bisous from a lovely place in the world where the sun is omnipresent and traffic non-existent. (No, of course it’s not France. 😀 )

    3. What, you never got to Cumbria Frank? Or Fed’s patch, Wales?


  3. So true FEd, been there done that. We were gobsmacked as you may say!

    Never noticed the FE capital til now. Is that your name somehow??? HHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!! LOL.

  4. The world lost one of the greats with the passing of Johnny Winter.

    Being in New York I was fortunate to see Johnny a number of times. Whether at Madison Square Garden, Central Park or a small club on Long Island called My Father’s Place.

    There is a connection to David. I got to see both and a number of other legends at a concert at the Capital Theater in Passaic New Jersey. The concert was called “Guitar Greats”.

    1. Couldn’t agree more, Howard. Johnny was indeed one of the greatest blues guitarists around. I was blessed to have seen him a half dozen times or so, but my favorite was the first: he happened to be opening for another greatly missed guitar legend, Stevie Ray Vaughan. Both at the peak of their powers, it was a blistering show.

      Too many of the good ones have gone.

  5. The only thing I know about Nick Laird-Clowes – thanks to the blog too – is that he wrote a song called ‘Mayday’ which contains vocal and guitar contributions from David. I think the song featured in a film from Greenpeace (can’t remember its name), about activists protesting against the coal policy in the UK (? not sure).

    Can’t remember when he wrote the song, but the line “Too much talking, not enough thinking” is more relevant than ever, isn’t it?

    1. That’d be the Kingsnorth Six, who, in 2007, as a protest against UK government plans to build new coal-fired plants, most famously scaled a very tall chimney at one power station to make their objection known.

      The film, a documentary by Nick Broomfield about their trial, was called A Time Comes: The Story of the Kingsnorth Six.

  6. There is a great photo of David, Polly, and friends on Polly’s Twitter account. Looks like they’re about to tuck into an Indian takeaway some where in t’hills.


  7. Off-topic: we saw Neil Young and Crazy Horse last night in Dresden. No words can describe the feeling. A lot of guitar jams and a small venue…

  8. Never got to see Johnny Winter. Bless his soul. Followed him immensely and he would as I say, be the first white Blues musician to lead the way. Amen!

  9. Rick’s birthday today. My thoughts are with Rick’s family, friends.


  10. Hi

    I’m over the moon and still stunned for “that tweet”, it’s an assuredness that the new work in progress will be mainly based on the atmospheric music with the mark of the instrumental and emotional textures of Rick Wright.

    Happy birthday wherever you are, Rick.


  11. Remembering Richard Wright on this day. It is excellent of David to have “The Endless River” coming out with Mr. Wright’s talent to continue being enjoyed.

  12. After reading your recommendation FEd, I will add the talented “Dream Academy” to my collection when I can afford to do so.

    I like having “word of mouth” references I can trust so I know it is worth while. Also if David is involved; one knows it will be good.

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    I wish you a wonderful wedding anniversary and many more years sharing all the love and happiness you both deserve.

    All the best for your 20th wedding day, with so much affection.


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