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Updates: November 2010

New Album, Tour Dates and a book..

>> The CD and book are now available to order online. Order from the web site and received a signed copy of Mal's autobiography, 'Old Enough to Know Better'. (Available for a limited time only.) <<

Mal Pope – Old Enough to Know Better It’s been a very interesting year. After the success of the Cappuccino Girls tour 2010 stretched before me with a landmark birthday staring at me half way through the year. It’s strange how people get to hear about special birthdays and some saw it as maybe a good time to evaluate the story so far.

Firstly I was approached by the Variety Club of GB and asked if I would be amenable to them holding a tribute lunch to honour my work in music and broadcasting and then I was approached by the publishers Y Lolfa asking if I’d be interested in writing my autobiography. I must admit to wondering if my doctor had got some news he was keeping from me and everyone knew something about my health that I didn’t. In fact when some people saw the posters for my tribute lunch they did think that it was a posthumous award!!

I spent the summer writing my book sifting through the memories of my days with John Peel and Elton John. It was around his time I interviewed Judie Tzuke. Like me she had been signed to Elton John’s Rocket Record Company. Her latest release featured songs from those Rocket days. She told me Elton had returned all of her copyrights and I should ask him too. I did and within a couple of weeks he told me that he would be delighted to give everything back to me.

>>There are some unmissable tour dates to go with the launch of the book and album. See the tour dates page for details.<<

 

With the book deadline approaching I decided I would record a new album and use a lot of the songs I had written in 1973 and 1974 to form the basis of the record. I was also given 2 tracks on 24 track tape that were recorded at Abbey Road with Elton singing backing vocals. I remixed the tracks adding my latest voice. I then wrote 6 new songs from this side of being 50.

The first album I recorded in 1974 was never released because my voice broke just at the wrong time. It was supposed to be called ‘Old Enough to Know Better’ Ironically that title works just as well now as it did back then!



Previews (MP3):

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sound icon Track 3: If I Wasn't There (Featuring Elton John)

Variety Club of Great Britain Lifetime Achievement.

On Sunday 26th September Mal Pope was honoured with a Tribute Lunch in recognition of his achievements as a musician, Composer and especially for his contribution to musical theatre. The lunch with was hosted by Mr Chris Needs MBE and featured performances by Steve Balsamo and Peter Karrie amongst others. Thanks to everyone who supported this event in for the Variety Club Children's Charity.

Songs of Praise songs featured on new compilation CD.

'Bits and Pieces' is a brand new compilation CD featuring 14 tracks from past albums and 2 brand new recordings of Mal Pope songs featured on Songs of Praise. Packaged simply, this 16 track CD is priced at £6 including p&p. The long-awaited compilation includes 2 bonus tracks. 'Let Your Spirit Come' features on Songs of Praise on May 23rd, and 'Take My Life' - the oft-requested song now available at last. The album is now available to order online - click here to order.

Track List:
1 Cappuccino Girls (You Never Threw a Party for Me)
2 Golden Days (Golden Days)
3 Dream Out Loud (Dream Out Loud)
4 Astounding (Lucky Man)
5 The Ring (The Ring)
6 Cover Me (Copper Kingdom)
7 Copper Kingdom (Live Back on the Road)
8 My God is Mighty (Reunion of the Heart)
9 If I Wasn’t There - Single Ft Elton John)
10 Amy (Love Will Find A Way)
11 The Leaving Kind - Single
12 Crossroads (Mumbles to Memphis)
13 Warm Wind (Why Me)
14 All through the Night ( Land of My Children)

Bonus Tracks
15 Let Your Spirit Come
16 Take My Life


Previews of many of the tracks can be found on the audio page.

Cappuccino Girls - CD Release.

Mal's latest musical theatre project grew out of the popularity of the track 'Cappuccino Girls', first featured on the album 'You Never Threw a Party for Me'. Opening night took place in Altrincham in February 2009 with a two night run given five stars in great reviews from local press. A more extensive tour of venues in South Wales followed in November 09. A remix of the title track featuring Bonnie Tyler has now been released on an album of tracks from the show. For more info, news of the musical as it develops - and to preview tracks, visit www.cappuccinogirls.com.

Mal Pope Show Online.

Episodes of the Mal Pope Show can now be viewed online at www.themalpopeshow.tv. The shows include some great musicians, celebs and performances with Mal and the Jacks. Over the coming months you will be able to see rare, live unplugged performances by the likes of the Bee Gees, Cliff Richard, Luke Goss, Bonnie Tyler and many more.

Mal Pope and Merrill OsmondMal tours and collaborates with Merrill Osmond Album Project.

Mal will be touring in Ireland with Merrill Osmond in October 2008. More information about this tour, including online booking, video and audio can be found at www.merrillosmond.eu.

The new Merrill Osmond Album 'The Voice' is about to be released. The album which features 4 new songs written by Merrill and Mal together with brand new acoustic version of 9 Osmond classic hits including One Bad Apple Crazy Horse and Let Me in, will be released in time for the 50th Anniversary tour of the UK by the world's most famous singing family.

Details of how to buy the album online and as downloads will be posted very soon.

Cappuccino Girls Image Cup on Table Cappuccino Girls - The Musical!

Mal's next musical project has grown out of the popularity of the track 'Cappuccino Girls', first featured on the album 'You Never Threw a Party for Me'. Mal cautiously predicts the show to open in September 2008. For more info, previews of the musical as it develops - and to view the video, visit www.cappuccinogirls.com.

Lucky Man CD Cover Keep up to date...

..with Mal's newest contibution to his online community. Mal has started regularly posting journal entries on his myspace page, giving a closer and more regular insight into his life as a professional singer-songwriter and presenter. Fascinating stuff!

Online Sales Order CD's Online

Mal Pope's albums and singles are available to purchase securely online from MPH Records. The ordering system has been kept as simple as possible. For information on releases and sound bites please visit the audio section.

Best of Old News...

 

Lucky Man CD Cover New Album - Lucky Man
Click here for 'Lucky Man' Tour Dates

Mal says: "On Saturday 26th May 2007, I came off stage from the final performance of the musical ‘Contender’ and set myself the task of making a brand new Cd from scratch, writing a song a day for 2 weeks. I did take the occasional day off to work on other projects but in essence within 3 weeks the songs were written. This was always going to be a special, personal album for me as I charted a relationship that has officially lasted 25 years but which in reality has been there most of my life. With that in mind I also decided that this time around I would play and sing everything myself.

I don’t think I’ve ever so much fun writing and recording an album as each song brought back a different set of memories. It’s sometimes difficult to come up with a title for an album that sums up the whole collection of songs in a word or a phrase. This time it was easy. ‘As I look back on this life, I know I’ve been a lucky man’
I really hope you enjoy it."

Clips from the album 'Lucky Man': (MP3)

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Astounding (Full Track) sound icon
Lucky Man (Clip) sound icon

16/6/07

Reunion of the Heart Mal Pope on Father's Day edition of Songs of Praise.

Mal will be performing the song 'Tell Me' from the album Reunion of the Heart as part of a special Father's Day edition of Songs of Praise. The show goes out at 6.15pm on BBC One on Sunday 17th June, and feature stories from Dads in various parts of the UK. The song's performance was recorded in Sevenoaks. The 13-track album, Reunion of the Heart, was first released in 1998 and is available to order from MPH Records. Click here to order securely online.


Contender CD CoverContender CD Released
Click here to purchase online.

Mal has released an album of songs from 'Contender' which is now available to order online, featuring solo performances from Mike Doyle Peter Karrie, Miss Daisy Blue and Chris Needs. For more info and to listen to clips visit the Contender mini site, where you can also find details of show times for the musical's run of Welsh Theatres this Spring.

 

Mal at Piano Amazing Grace Returns for 2006

In Autumn 2006 Tour of Amazing Grace gave its second run at theatres across Wales. For more information about the musical and performance dates visit the Amazing Grace web site.

Mal at Piano Boys From The West

Mal Pope has produced, written and performed the Swansea City single which became available on the web in December 2005. For more information and to listen go to www.boysfromthewest.com.

New CD You Never Threw a Party For Me Album Release - Autumn 2005

Mal's latest solo studio album, 'You Never Threw a Party for Me' is now available to buy online. Sound clips and a track list can be found in the audio section. The album contains a mix of new studio tracks and the title track is from the musical 'Amazing Grace'. There's also a taste of what's to come in the musical still under development telling the story of Welsh boxer, Tommy Farr. More information on this project can be found on the 'Contender - The Musical' site. From Mal's sleeve notes:

THE SONGS

You Never Threw a Party For Me :
It was about the third week into rehearsals for the musical 'Amazing Grace' that I realised I had to write a song for Peter Karrie's character the Rev. Peter Price. The musical was about the 1904 Welsh Revival and how various sections of society reacted to the claims made by Evan Roberts, a 26 year old ex miner, who claim to speak to God face to face. The Rev Peter Price was a severe critic of Evan and his followers and became an obvious 'figurehead' of that religious establishment opposition. What I didn't want was for him to become a pantomime 'baddie'. I wanted you to understand the reasons why he might find the revival a threat and a disappointment. The song is based on the story of the 'Prodigal Son' and in particular see from the stand point of the elder brother. Listen.(56k).sound icon
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Jealousy :
I wrote this song for the character of Mary Roberts, Evan's sister, who's role in the revival and Evan's life, was somewhat diminished when the beautiful singer Annie Davies joined the revival party. I wrote it with the voice of opera diva Shan Cothi in mind so it has some of her 'gypsy' passion in it. Main Event On a hot August Night in 1937, British Boxer Tommy Farr stepped into the ring with Joe Louis, the world heavy weight champion thought by many to be the best boxer the world had ever seen. It had been a long road from the boxing booths of the Rhondda Valley to Yankee Stadium in New York City where a crowd of 40,000 would be joined by millions listening to the fight broadcast live on radio across the world.

Main Event is the 'main theme' from the musical 'Contender' based on the life of Tommy Farr. An album of songs from the show will follow in 2006 and a full stage show will premiere in the spring of 2007. www.contenderthemusical.com

As for the rest, when asked what a particular song was about Bob Dylan once said '3 and a half minutes'! I normally give a run down on the why, when, how and what led to each song. This time I'm leaving it up to you.

Best of (Very) Old News...

Heaven's Sound makes the final of New York Televsion Awards

'Heaven's Sound', the televsion programme Mal made travelling around the Deep South of America tracing the roots of Black Gospel has just been given a Certificate of Merit at the prestigous New York Television Awards. Mal was unable to travel to New York to pick up the Award as he is currently filing a series called 'Heaven's Sound' for HTV Wales. In this 8 part series, which premieres on 3rd March. Mal will again be travelling but this time all of the journeys will be around his native Wales. Having said that, Mal's interest in Balck Gospel will again be shown in a new 3 part series he is currently working on for BBC Radio 4 which is due to be aired in the Autumn of 2002.

Cliff Richard sings Mal Pope

Mal was recently contacted by the International Cliff Richard Movement with the news that in his recent series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall Cliff Richard opens his show with one of Mal's songs, Reunion of the Heart.

Memphis and Tupelo

Tired and Jet Lagged Mal has just returned home from a fantastic week in the States. After a couple of days in Memphis recording some radio programmes, Mal went down to Tupelo. Thursday saw Mal sing 2 of his own songs and a duet with Miss Kay Bain on the 'Mornin' TV Show. That inspired Mal to write a song about Miss Kay called 'The Queen of Tupelo'. The next few days saw Mal performing at the Gumtree Festival in Downtown Tupelo as well as a number of concerts in the area.

'Band of the Century'

On Tuesday 22nd September the phones went mad at MPH Records. Simon Mayo declared Mal Pope and the Jacks to be the 'band of the century'. and repeated the annoucement on his Radio One show at intervals of about twenty minutes. This made front page new in both the Western Mail and the South Wales Evening Post. All this followed Mals invitation to play at Simon Mayo's 40th birthday party. He was joined on stage by Tom Robinson and the whole night was brought to a triumphant climax when Simon joined Mal on stage for a rather unusual version of 'Perfect Day'.

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