The Silent World of Hector Mann
£7.00 + postage
This recording is a collection of songs inspired by Paul Auster’s Novel ‘The Book of Illusions’.
A book that largely centres on the main characters’ enlightenment into the world of Hector Mann and the silent movies he created.
The CD contains 12 songs written by Duke Special and 11 of his friends, and was recorded by legendary producer Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, USA.
I first encountered the actor Hector Mann while reading “The Book of Illusions” by American novelist Paul Auster. I was struck by the fact that he only ever made 12, both brilliant and obscure, silent movies. I immediately set about writing a song based on one of his final pictures called “Mister Nobody.” The recording time was imminent and I was interested at that time in collaborating with as many interesting writers as I could, so I sent a copy of Auster’s book along with one film title which I felt suited them best, to 11 other writers (inc Neil Hannon, Ed Harcourt, Matt “Aqualung” Hales and others) with the remit of them writing a song for me to sing and record.
- Hearth and Home (Ronnie Mintor)
- Wanda, Darling of the Jockey Club (Neil Hannon)
- Jumping Jacks (Ed Harcourt)
- Mister Nobody (Duke Special)
- Tango Tangle (Ben Castle)
- You'll be Detective (Clare Muldaur Manchon)
- Double or Nothing (Phil Wilkinson)
- Country weekend (Paul Pilot)
- Old Folks and Cow Pokes (Réa Curran)
- The Prop Man (Thomas Truax)
- Scandal (Pete Noback)
- Teller's Tale (Matt Hales)