The Greg Foat Group ‎– Dark Is The Sun

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Recorded in Sweden, ‘Dark is the Sun’ is a concept album based on themes and variations by British pianist/composer/arranger Greg Foat, who has created an intriguing blend of non-contemporary jazz sounds with classic scoring techniques. An exotic array of unorthodox instrumentation was utilized, including harpsichord, tubular bells and a 15 piece choir. With musical reference and influence from such luminaries as Bruno Nicolai, Michel Legrand and Serge Gainsbourg as well as a firm nod towards UK jazzmen Michael Garrick, Keith Mansfield and Alan Hawkshaw, the result is highly-listenable, enduring and fulfilling for those who like real music played with real instruments.

Tracklist

Time Piece 1 (Harpsichord Bugalu) 5:24
Dark Is The Sun Part 1 (Main Theme) 4:33
Dark Is The Sun Part 2 (Interlude) 1:37
Hello Old Friend 4:37
Dark Is The Sun Part 3 (Reprise) 1:11
Dark Is The Sun Part 4 (Harpsichord Waltz) 4:30
Yeah You Are 1:55
Uncle Bessie 4:13
Bright Is The Sun 5:13
Time Piece 2 (Epilogue) 4:18

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
JMANLP.041 The Greg Foat Group Dark Is The Sun(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) Jazzman JMANLP.041 UK 2011 Sell This Version
JMANCD.041 The Greg Foat Group Dark Is The Sun(CD, Album) Jazzman JMANCD.041 UK 2011 Sell This Version
JMANCD.041 The Greg Foat Group Dark Is The Sun(CD, Album) Jazzman JMANCD.041 UK 2011 Sell This Version
JMANLP.041 The Greg Foat Group Dark Is The Sun(LP, Album, RP, pur) Jazzman JMANLP.041 UK 2015 Sell This Version
JMANLP.041 The Greg Foat Group Dark Is The Sun(LP, Album, RP, Sil) Jazzman JMANLP.041 UK 2016 Sell This Version

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lemoncat555

lemoncat555

June 12, 2020
edited 8 months ago
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
I have the first pressing and the second...both good, but the second seems to be a better pressing.
Fantastic album,, a modern day classic for sure,
hrubilov

hrubilov

April 28, 2020
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, RP, Sil, JMANLP.041

My copy has annoying clicks and pops in the right channel through the whole side A. Probably non-fill defect. Side B is quiet though. Nevertheless, the album is brilliant, so I'll try to buy another copy!
jarsu

jarsu

December 23, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, RP, Sil, JMANLP.041

Plays with no problems but shrink has been too tight, so cover may suffer some bending.warp etc. record is ok. Not pressing faults found.
Scubarobnj

Scubarobnj

July 18, 2017
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, RP, Sil, JMANLP.041
Jazzman still has these available on their website as of 7/18/17 and is one of the lowest prices I've seen @ £17.99! Buy from the source!
CreweCircle

CreweCircle

December 22, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
Repress available now on "Jazzman" website... 500 copies...
http://www.jazzmanrecords.co.uk/greg-foat-group-dark-is-the-sun-repress
Dark_Jaguar

Dark_Jaguar

October 6, 2015
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
any timing for the re-issue?...100 quid is silly
CreweCircle

CreweCircle

June 19, 2015
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
I asked Jazzman about a reissue...
Here is their answer : "We're in the process of doing it now, yes :)"
boogiedown83

boogiedown83

June 4, 2015
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
Jazzman really ought to reissue this LP, can't see it not selling out...
homer78_321

homer78_321

October 30, 2014
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041

+++the vinyl sounds so much better+++
howardmanson

howardmanson

October 16, 2013
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Dark Is The Sun, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, JMANLP.041
best record I have ever heard. Thank you, thank you!