Róisín Murphy ‎– Ruby Blue

Echo ‎– ECHCD63, Play It Again Sam [PIAS] ‎– 113.0063.020
CD, Album, Digipak

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1 Leaving The City
Dulcimer – Geoff Smith
2 Sinking Feeling
Acoustic Bass – Max de WardenerFlugelhorn, Flute – Pete Wraight*Piano – Phil ParnellTenor Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins
3 Night Of The Dancing Flame
Drums – Geoff SmithSynthesizer – Matthew Herbert
4 Through Time
Bass – Max de WardenerElectric Piano [Rhodes], Acoustic Guitar – Phil Parnell
5 Sow Into You
Flute – Pete Wraight*Tenor Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins
6 Dear Diary
Acoustic Bass – Max de WardenerBass, Guitar, Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Matthew HerbertFlute – Pete Wraight*Tenor Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins
7 If We're In Love
Flugelhorn, Flute – Pete Wraight*Tenor Saxophone – Dave O'Higgins
8 Ramalama (Bang Bang) 3:35
9 Ruby Blue
Guitar, Keyboards [Bass] – Matthew Herbert
10 Off On It
Guitar, Keyboards [Bass] – Matthew Herbert
11 Prelude To Love In The Making
Banjo, Keyboards [Guitar] – Matthew HerbertFlute – Pete Wraight*
12 The Closing Of The Doors
Flugelhorn – Pete Wraight*Piano – Matthew Herbert

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Recorded, played & mixed in that small room at The Dairy.
Mastered at The Exchange.

Published by Chrysalis Music Limited/Soundslike Music/Bucks Music

℗&© 2005 The Echo Label Ltd. The copyright in this art work and sound recording is owned by The Echo Label Ltd. The Echo Label is part of the Chrysalis Group PLC.
Released under exclusive licence by Play It Again Sam [Pias].

Issued in a 6-panel Digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 027529 007728
  • Barcode (String): 5027529007728
  • Rights Society: sabam/biem
  • Label Code: LC 07800
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress Arvato logo] 51499715/1130063020 21
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LP 73
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0787

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
88883723632 Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue(CD, Album) Echo, Sony Music 88883723632 Poland 2005 Sell This Version
ECHCD63 Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue(CD, Album, Dig) Echo ECHCD63 UK 2005 Sell This Version
ECHUS 11 Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue(CD) Echo ECHUS 11 US 2006 Sell This Version
AC20CDJ Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue(CD, Album, Dig) Accidental AC20CDJ Japan 2005 Sell This Version
none Róisín Murphy Ruby Blue(CD, Album, RE) Sony Music none UK 2013 Sell This Version


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September 20, 2007
edited over 6 years ago

uh, see above.


September 20, 2007

Róisín Murphy moves out of the shadow of Moloko (ignoring the fact that she was Moloko's main draw) and into her own spotlight, with Herbert handling the production duties. And the resulting album, _Ruby Blue_, shows both of them at their best. Herbert's glitchy melodies (on "Leaving the City," for example) leaves Murphy's vocals front and center, emphasizing the eccentric quality of both artists. The music is incredibly varied, from the deep jazz of "Sinking Feeling" to the wild New Orleans-on-acid of "Night of the Dancing Flame." But Murphy really gets going with three stunning tracks in a row: first, the sweetly romantic "Through Time," then the straightforwardly funky house "Sow Into You," and finally, "Dear Diary" returns to romance, if slightly more attenuated and more danceable. The deep and mysterious "Rama Lama (Bang Bang)" turns Murphy's vocals into a rhythmic instrument itself, while the title track takes a wobbly approach to melody. The simple romantic sadness of "The Closing of the Doors" ends the album with a wistful sigh. Herbert & Murphy = a match made in heaven.


February 1, 2006
edited over 11 years ago

As good as Moloko is, the band oftentimes saddles Roisin Murphy's powerhouse vocals to silly lyrics. On her solo album (with generous help from Herbert), she strikes out on her own. She's still eclectic and humorous (as on the near-tribal “Ramalama (Bang Bang)”), but Herbert's jazz-glitch production gives her work more depth. So while "Leaving the City" is mysterious and dense, "Sinking Feeling" is much more finger-snapping, and "Night of the Dancing Flame" is deconstructed New Orleans jazz. For those wanting a more romantic, sunny vibe, "Through Time" will hit the spot. Murphy's vocals range goes from vulnerable to powerful, sometimes within the same track ("Dear Diary"). Add an incredibly catchy tune, as with "Sow into You," and you've got a winner. In fact, after those three tracks, the rest of the album doesn’t stand out as much, until you get to the sad and melancholy, “The Closing of the Doors.” Very strong debut.


August 9, 2005
edited over 12 years ago
After some previous collaboration with Moloko, we can find again the incredible voice of Roisin Murphy together with the gift of Matthew Herbert! It's groovy, jazzy, sexy, eccentric and very talented!