Release Date: Nov 10, 2008
Record label: Decca/Autonomy
When it comes to inter-generational musical solidarity, Sheffield takes some beating. Although he's known to most younger listeners for seeking directions to Amarillo, 65-year-old Christie owed his first chart comeback to Walk Like a Panther, his brilliant, Jarvis Cocker-penned 1999 single with the All Seeing I. This time, Richard Hawley oversees a collection of new material and covers of appropriate hometown songs.
Christie will probably always be associated more with the Texan cattle town of Amarillo than with Sheffield. But this collection of songs from the steel city, produced by Richard Hawley and spanning several decades, helps redress the balance. The new arrangements don't add lustre to every track; Hawley's own 'Coles Corner' was so expertly crooned the first time that it feels unnecessary here.