You can download individual songs by clicking on them, below.
If you download the whole album in one go you automatically also get all of this:
- 3 videos you won't find anywhere else, featuring intimate rehearsal performances of two songs.
- a beautifully designed digital booklet with original artwork, photography and Joe's notes on the songs.
- all the lyrics.
- a doodle of a monkey.
You can download the whole 11-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any format you like. The bonus videos are in wmv so if you use a Mac you might need to convert them to mov.
Limited edition CD, beautifully designed and printed, complete with a 16 page booklet containing the thoughts behind the songs and some lush images.
A great gift, a proud addition to any music collection.
When you buy the CD, you also get immediate download of the whole album: 11-tracks in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
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If you'd like just one 'Jimmy Coates' book (signed by the author, of course) then you can also download Joe Craig's whole album for free!
You can specify which book (or books) you'd like at the checkout. There are 8 books available:
Jimmy Coates: Killer
Jimmy Coates: Target
Jimmy Coates: Revenge
Jimmy Coates: Sabotage
Jimmy Coates: Survival
Jimmy Coates: Power
Jimmy Coates: Blackout
Includes immediate download of 11-track album in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
- All 6 Jimmy Coates books (the full set so far), each one signed by the author, Joe Craig
- A signed copy of Joe Craig's first non-Jimmy Coates book, the short thriller 'Lifters'.
- A CD copy of Joe Craig's album 'The Songman & Me, vol. 1', also signed by Joe Craig
- Instant download of the whole album so you can start listening straight away
I’ve had a lot of songs in my head for a long time. Some fall under my fingers whenever I sit at the piano. Some I can’t stop playing. Some I wrote. I became a novelist a few years ago and might have left the songs behind, but for some reason I couldn’t let them go.
Recently I found myself playing them more often at home, then I played them at book events. I started talking about songwriting as much as I used to in my teens. With some helpful nudges from friends, it felt like it was time to record something.
I wanted to capture the essence of the songs – to create a moment that put across the emotion, the character or the story in the song. So I recorded at home, quickly, with somebody else to worry about technicalities (the brilliant Adaq Khan). I stripped down the arrangements and performed only one or two takes of each song (except for two songs, which needed three takes). The result is raw at times, but I like those moments. That’s when I think the songs themselves are at their best and when, to me, the performances feel most intimate: the bent vocal note on ‘settle down’ in the middle eight of ‘Travelling Songman’; pulling around the tempo in each chorus of ‘Monkey Tree’; the tentative introduction of ‘Faithful Friend’...
It’s not easy to show vulnerability in what you write. I certainly don’t do it in my books, which are designed to be taut, robust thrillers – not a moment to catch your breath. Characters must be vulnerable, of course, but not the author. The author is supreme and god-like, commanding His world. Maybe that’s why I felt unable to let go of the songs. They’re too delicate to abandon. Too much care went into them. They’re too... me.
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