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Updates: November 2010
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
>>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!
Track 1: Some of the Things
Track 3: If I Wasn't There (Featuring Elton John)
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.
'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.
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.
Episodes of the Mal Pope Show can now be viewed online
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
Mal 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.
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.
..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!
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...
New Album - Lucky Man
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)
Astounding (Full Track)
Lucky Man (Clip)
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.