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Stephen Cummings has all of his ducks in a row! Armed with his first taste of music in a few years courtesy of brand new (and 20th overall) solo album Prisoner Of Love, it’s as if he has turned full circle.

‘There are many delights on Prisoner Of Love, and Cummings is a benchmark of an era which delights with snappy dynamism… The autumnal quality of this record unfurls slowly and many songs belie a creative solidity that has developed over decades. Like great outsiders including Robert Wyatt and Robyn Hitchcock, Stephen Cummings extends his vaudevillian pop arrangements on this album. Songs like ‘Mr Ripley’ and ‘Poor Pilgrim’ are as strong as the pleading ‘Don’t Break Up With Me’. The mastery of atmosphere in ‘The Wind Blew Hard’ suggests Cummings is quite immune from passing trends and he should occupy a space like Neil Diamond.’ 8½/10 – Beat

Indeed, Prisoner Of Love shows there’s a lot of life left in Stephen, who released his first solo album in 1984. It crackles with a vitality that artists half his age would love to have. It’s a tight and concise 10 tracks, though it’s loaded with wry observations on life, love and pain.

Prisoner Of Love will be followed by the release of the long awaited career anthology A Life Is A Life, which showcases 50 tracks from across Stephen Cummings’ indelible solo career on a deluxe 4CD set with 60 page booklet (25 tracks on double vinyl). Each copy of this strictly limited release will be signed and numbered by Stephen.

Equally as important, Stephen is excited to be taking the new album and his extensive catalogue on the road in April & May. In what is rumoured to be his final national band tour, Stephen has been charming audiences on the a day on the green tour with Bryan Ferry over the past week, as noted by the Daily Review:

‘The enigmatic Stephen Cummings, who forgets and repeats lyrics these days, is no less engaging for it. Audiences moaned in response to Cummings’ revelation that the upcoming tour for highly regarded new album, Prisoner Of Love, will be his last. Here’s hoping the eccentric 64-year-old’s studio output continues (and that ‘live retirement’ will be John Farnham length).’

STEPHEN CUMMINGS
AUSTRALIA
APRIL & MAY 2019

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Friday 5 April
The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD
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Saturday 6 April
Factory Theatre | Sydney, NSW
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Friday 12 April
Memo Music Hall | Melbourne, VIC
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Saturday 13 April
Darwin Railway Club | Darwin, NT
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Friday 3 May
Memo Music Hall | Melbourne, VIC
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Saturday 4 May
The Gov | Adelaide, SA
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Stephen Cummings – Prisoner Of Love tracklist:

  1. Life Moves On
  2. Mr Ripley
  3. Poor Pilgrim
  4. One Hand Reaches For Another
  5. The Wind Blew Hard
  6. Then Comes Love
  7. Lucy In A Black Dress
  8. Shifting Heavy Circles
  9. Don’t Break Up With Me
  10. The World Has No Size Now

PRISONER OF LOVE ALBUM IS OUT NOW THROUGH BLOODLINES
AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING AND PURCHASE HERE

A LIFE IS A LIFE ANTHOLOGY IS OUT 5 APRIL 2019 THROUGH BLOODLINES
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER HERE

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