Please don't call this a tribute album. True, we did have another tribute album in mind when we set out to do a follow-up to our epic debut release Sensory Lullabies: The Ultimate Tribute to Jellyfish, but what you see before you was destined to be very different almost from the start.
With four present and former Posies (JON AUER, KEN STRINGFELLOW, BRIAN YOUNG, JOE SKYWARD) and legendary producer DON FLEMING on board, it seemed ridiculous to continue to call this a tribute album, so we happily changed the title of the album from Beautiful Escape: The Ultimate Tribute to The Posies to Beautiful Escape: The Songs of The Posies Revisited. And that's really what this album is - a chance for musicians including Posies fans, friends of The Posies, and past and present members of The Posies themselves to try their hand at reinventing some of the best powerpop songs ever written.
Cheers, and happy listening!
Alan Heaton and Steve Turnidge, Burning Sky Records
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A note from founding Posies member JON AUER: "I'll have to own up to being suspect when I first heard the concept of forty-five different artists recording new versions of Posies songs. I guess at my core I feared polite, cursory renditions of our relatively 'best known', the proverbial 'skating on the surface' as they say in the vernacular or at the very least folks just 'phoning it in'. Still, as skeptical as I might like to portray myself, and after lending my ears to the procession, I couldn't deny the ultimate conclusion I arrived at: a lot of Beautiful Escape... truly manages to surprise me and I'm really touched that it does. At its best, if you will, I'd liken it to diving headfirst into a sonic mirror from a slightly alternate universe, a place where clusters of tone, choices of instrument, and phrasings of word are reinvented enough to render me able to enjoy something I originally created as if never considered possible in the first place. Wow. In a similar sense, perhaps it's like a stranger finding one of your old photo albums and restaging your favorite pictures in ways and with colors you might never have visualized. Colors that look and feel somewhat familiar, but upon closer inspection smell like a fresh coat of paint on a house you barely remember building. Double wow. Who would've 'thunk' it possible? Not me, I assure you. I suppose until now, that is."