2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of The Great War 1914~18 ... this complete centenary suite of songs in five parts is set against the backdrop of that 'war to end all wars' and the cultural shift heralded by that cataclysmic conflict.
Guest vocalists for this suite are my good friend Mark J.Bennet
, who also contributed the narrative on 'The Lamps Are Going Out/Ballad Of Harry Patch', and Marianne Holland aka StarGrace ... both were a huge inspiration and contributed greatly, especially together on the last and very poignant track 'Lament For The Fallen', where Marianne also played bass guitar.
Harry Patch, 'the last fighting Tommy' deserves a special mention for the immensely moving vocal archive clips that helped to tell his own amazing story here ...
'The Great War 1914 ~18 Centenary Suite' (LAVALLIN)
feat. Marianne Holland aka StarGrace & Mark J.Bennett:
(i) Oh To Be In England ... (Instrumental)
(ii) Cold Wind In Sarajevo (Instrumental)
(iii) The Lamps Are Going Out All Over Europe ...
The Ballad Of Harry Patch (feat. Mark J.Bennett)
(iv) The Angel Of Mons Suite (Instrumental)
* Waiting In The Wings * Over The Top
* Against The Odds * The Angel Apparition
* March Of St. George
(v) Lament For The Fallen (feat. StarGrace & Mark J.Bennett)
Korg Kronos and Roland Jupiter 50 Synths
AMG VST Mellotron
EWQL VST Drums, Percussion, VOP Vocal Layers, Orchestral Instrumentation
Fender Strat Guitar through Boss ME70 Multi FX and Echoes Of The Past Delays
FX Loops and Atmosphere
Thanks so much for listening:))
This Great War 1914~18 Centenary Suite was originally written with the intention of being one continuous piece of music, and with wonderful contributions from my good friends MarkJ.Bennett
and Marianne Holland aka StarGrace, I feel it should also be presented as such.
The original full continuous version of this WWI Centenary Suite uploaded to SoundClound on Remembrance Sunday 2014 is also available as a free download in it's entirety on my SoundCloud page at the following link:
*Full descriptions of each track may also be found in the playlist version there on my homepage page at: soundcloud.com/lavallin
... just follow the links:)
** My good friend Lee Lucas also produced a video for the last track 'Lament For The Fallen' from several of my father's photos and memorabilia ... the link is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7X98olTPtfM
Dedicated to the memory of my father George Edward Lavallin 1898 ~ 1974
Alternative * Cinematic * Orchestral * Great War Centenary * Synths * Guitars * Mellotron * Vocals
© Graham Lavallin 2015
released February 1, 2015
~ Vocals, Spoken Word & Narration, Lyrics, Artwork & inspiration
Marianne Holland aka StarGrace ~ Vocals, Bass Guitar on 'Lament'
Harry Patch ~ archive spoken word audio clips
Graham Lavallin ~ Music, arrangement, production