The Return of Eg & Alice
Posted on Jul 27th, 2015 by Alan @ 2:42 pm

UNKLE featuring Alice Temple – Mistress:

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EG featuring Alice Temple – Pull Me Through:

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Eg – Adventure Man
Posted on May 6th, 2010 by Alan @ 3:42 pm

I promised you more frequent posts, and also a review of Eg’s newest album, “Adventure Man”. Before I brave the ash cloud and jet off on holiday I’m determined to do both, and also line up a few wee posts to appear automagically while I’m away.

Eg’s almost done the pop star thing himself – he was the drummer in Brother Beyond until they signed to Stock, Aitken & Waterman, and was half responsible for the best pop record no-one’s ever heard of in 1991 (Eg & Alice’s “24 Years Of Hunger”). Since then, other than a solo album every 10 years or so, he’s been content to write pop songs for other people (James Blunt, Will Young, Duffy, Kylie, James Morrison, Take That etc)

But thankfully he finds the time to record himself, and his records are always enjoyable. Some of the tracks on this new one are quirkier than the top ten would probably live with (Weird Friendless Kid, for example) and I wonder how many of these tracks were originally intended for others to sing, and how many were written with this album in mind.

The highlights for me are “But California”, the album’s opener which starts tentatively but builds momentum beautifully (is that Alice on backing vocals?) and “Broken” which I’m amazed wasn’t a huge hit.

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Alice Temple – Be With You In A Minute
Posted on May 4th, 2010 by Alan @ 7:38 pm

I stumbled across a new album by Alice Temple last weekend (wifi on the train, or the iPhone… I’m not sure which is the best technical leap forward this century, but they combined beautifully to help a 2 hour journey pass like a dream) and after having it on fairly heavy rotation all week I thought I’d share my thoughts on it plus a couple of my personal highlights.

The first thing that struck me about the album was Alice’s voice – so distinctive, even more so than in the Eg & Alice days (almost 20 years ago!) as it’s a bit edgier these days. The next thing is that this album has got so much variety – after hearing Chemical Way a few years ago, from her 1999 album “Hang Over” which I’ve still not tracked down, my expectations were a bit lower than I’d have liked them to be. It’s not that I didn’t like Chemical Way, it’s just that it wasn’t a patch on Eg & Alice, and I loved that album. Still do. But this new album has tracks on it that have that same bittersweet feel to them – this track, If I’d Met You, is in that vein.

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The album swings between these more melancholic tracks, goes into territory more reminiscent of NIN with tracks like Black Sheep, jump-about rock with Take Me To Your Leader, and this next one, The Saint Of Love.

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I’m happy in a way that I’d set my expectations fairly low, as this album really grabbed me. I’m even more eager to get my hands on Hang Over now – if anyone can help out please shout!

More good news – after finding this album I googled Eg, and he released a new album, “Adventure Man”, last year too! Alice features on a couple of tracks (including Pull Me Through, which is apparently a re-recording of a track from Hang Over) and now I’ve managed to get Be With You In A Minute out of my CD player I’ll maybe get a wee review of it on the site before too long.

You can buy “Be With You In A Minute” on iTunes. Yeah, I’d rather have it on CD too, but I think we’re both showing our age now.

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Alice Temple – Chemical Way
Posted on Nov 19th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:39 am

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In my Eg & Alice post a few weeks ago I said I was trying to track down a copy of Alice’s solo album “Hang Over”. I’ve still not managed to do that, but I did get hold of a copy of the leading single on GEMM (an absolutely essential site to bookmark for tracking down rare stuff – they aggregate the listings of thousands of independent record and book dealers)

So here’s the single. It’s got a decent hook, is nicely produced and Alice’s voice is as good as ever, but I’ve got to admit it isn’t really my cup of tea. Hopefully when I finally track down the album there’ll be something with a bit more soul on there.

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Eg – Stay Home / Sister Blue
Posted on Nov 7th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:36 pm

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I promised an Eg post a couple of days ago, and here it is. I also used this as an excuse for a bit of t’interwebbing to find out a bit more about what Eg did before and since…

Turns out he was a founder member (the drummer) of Brother Beyond along with his brother David who played guitar. He featured heavily in the writing credits for their first album before leaving – and this first album was then re-recorded with their new drummer after they signed for Stock, Aitken and Waterman’s hit factory. No idea whether it was an acrimonious split, but I suspect Christmas dinner at the Whites’ house must have been a bundle of fun that year!

So then Eg hooked up with Alice and made the best album no-one has ever heard of before they went their separate ways. Five years later he followed this up with a decent effort of his own which went equally unnoticed by the rest of the planet – I remember reading that the album had been released at the time and before I managed to track a copy down I was positively salivating at the prospect of his Jellyfish cover, Stay Home.

It didn’t disappoint. There were some great moments in his own material on that album too, even though it didn’t quite hit the heights of the Eg & Alice album. My top pick is a track called Sister Blue.

But what’s he done since then? Well, it turns out that after working with Alice Temple again on her solo album “Hang Over” he became the arch nemesis of Mr Jem Godfrey of Frost*, carving out a career writing chewing gum for the ears for the likes of Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, Charlotte Church, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Jamelia and James Morrison. Between them they have a couple of Ivor Novello songwriting awards (Jem for Shayne Ward’s “That’s My Goal”, and Eg for Will Young’s “Leave Right Now”)

Eg – Stay Home

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Eg – Sister Blue

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Eg & Alice – Rockets
Posted on Nov 5th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:15 am

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This is from a beautiful album that received critical acclaim (but precious little commercial acclaim) in 1991 – at the end of the year Select magazine (I think) named it one of their top ten albums of the year, although it failed to reach even the UK top 75 chart on release. Q magazine later went a step further when it placed the record on its list of best albums of the 20th century, describing it as having “the class of Steely Dan and the intriguing detachment of the Blue Nile”.

Eg & Alice apparently recorded this in Eg’s flat in Notting Hill, playing most of the instruments themselves, but went their separate ways after only one record. Alice Temple then spent some time as a DJ before releasing an album called Hang Over in 1999 (I’ve been after a copy for quite a while but can’t track it down), whereas Frank “Eg” White had a shorter break before releasing a solo album in 1996 (including a cover of Jellyfish’s “Stay Home” – stay tuned to hear that later this week.

Being Guy Fawkes Day there was only ever one track I could post today – Rockets. Enjoy.

And get this – second hand copies are going for £40 on Amazon. I’m rich, I tell you, rich beyond my wildest dreams!

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