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The Beautiful Game (2000)

Acoustic Alchemy
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The Beautiful Game was the tenth full-length album by Acoustic Alchemy, and marked a turning point in the career of guitarist Greg Carmichael.
This album was the first without founding member Nick Webb, who had died two years previously due to pancreatic cancer; duties on steel string guitar were now filled by understudy Miles Gilderdale, who remains in the post to this day.
The album came as a stark change to fans of the group. Glossy production and radically different songwriting brought about a new 21st century sound, completely adverse to the style built up over a decade and a half up until this point.
Experimentation was certainly a prominent factor in "The Beautiful Game". Tracks like "The Last Flamenco" brought drum and bass style synthesised loops, whilst "Kidstuff" employed a repeated sample of a baby giggling.
One of the band's longer efforts, the album lasts over an hour including two bonus tracks, featuring Greg Carmichael and John Parsons re-recording two of the tracks with a country and western style backing.
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Tracks

6:41 Angel of the South
5:04 The Panama Cat
5:00 Trail Blazer
5:16 The Beautiful Game
5:03 Hats of Magic
4:43 Tete a Tete
4:20 The Last Flamenco
4:19 Kidstuff
4:34 Big Sky Country
4:11 Hold on to Your Heart
4:39 Jubilation
4:17 Big Sky Country (Nashville version)
4:41 Trail Blazer (Nashville version)
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