Greg Fleming is a new one on me, but that’s one of the things I love about this blogging lark, you never know what’s going to end up in your inbox next, Fleming is from Auckland New Zealand where he’s being a prominent name of the music scene with his band The Trains and as a solo artist since the early 90’s, his current release is a double barrelled one, the album Taken is an eleven track collection of songs recorded over a period from 1994 to 2003 with support from Wayne Bell (drums and production), Andrew Thorne (guitars), Tony Lumsden and Mark Hughes (bass), Dom Blaazer (Hammond), Anthony Ioasa (piano) and additional vocal from Boh Runga, Ted Brown, Callie Blood and Kate Stalker.
The album comes with a great set of liner notes with lyrics and an insight into the individual tracks subject matter and genesis – the download includes this too in pdf form, along with Taken you get a 21 track bonus disc / download featuring the remastered and expanded edition of Fleming’s début album with The Trains Ghosts Are White.
It seems that Fleming has not so far managed to break out from his homeland in the way that New Zealand’s finest music exports the Finn brother have achieved, but the guy has opened for Townes and received sage advice from the legend as well as opening for Aussie legend Paul Kelly, none of which can be a bad thing to put on your CV, Fleming is currently working on a new record at Neil Finns studio in NZ will keep you posted of developments.
32 tracks in total then of literate singer-songwriter rock for grown ups, there are some stand our tracks on this collection, I’ve included a couple below and you can get another Never Wanted to See You Cry at Bandcamp where you buy the download, at this point the CD is only available by ordering direct from New Zealand, but there are plans for a wider release in the future.
There’s a nice article to be found at NZ Musician here