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Joe Jackson & Max Champion - What a Racket! (2023) Mp3 / Flac / Hi-Res

Joe Jackson & Max Champion - What a Racket! (2023) Mp3 / Flac / Hi-Res

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Renowned musician and producer Joe Jackson unveils his latest artistic endeavour 'What A Racket!' – a new album reviving the songs of enigmatic early 20th-century English Music Hall artist Max Champion.

Music Hall (along with its American cousin, Vaudeville) was the first form of mass entertainment created by the working classes. Its raw beginnings were in the pubs and streets of mid-19th century London, and while never really considered ‘respectable’, it was, by 1900, performed in opulent theatres to huge audiences drawn from all walks of life. Prostitutes and princes alike sang along with superstar performers, many of whom are now legendary, and whose songs are still known in the UK.

One of the most fascinating of the later Music Hall performers was Max Champion. Little is known about him, except that he was born in 1882 in London’s East End, and is thought to have been related to the great Victorian entertainer Harry Champion. As an up-and-coming performer he shared the stage with big stars such as Gus Ellen and Vesta Tilley, but his career (much like the Music Hall era itself) was cut short by the First World War, and his songs faded into obscurity. That is, until 2014, when Max Champion sheet music started to surface: first in Malta, then in England, and, intriguingly, in Belgium, where Max probably met his end in the trenches. By 2019, enough songs had been recovered for Joe Jackson to resurrect them with a 12-piece orchestra. 'What A Racket!' presents eleven of Max Champion’s songs for the first time in more than a century. According to producer Joe Jackson, ‘These were wonderful songs in their time, but they’re surprisingly modern, too. Sometimes it’s almost as if Max is speaking, from his London of the early 20th century, directly to us in the early 21st.’

Tracklist
01. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Why Why Why
02. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - The Sporting Life
03. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Dear Old Mum
04. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Monty Mundy
05. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Shades of Night
06. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - What a Racket!
07. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - The Bishop and the Actress
08. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Think of the Show
09. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Never so Nice in the Morning
10. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Health and Safety
11. Joe Jackson, Max Champion - Worse Things Happen at Sea

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