Saturday, December 1, 2012

Massive Attack's 3D releases free mixtape featuring Terry Callier

Massive Attack producer 3D has released a free mixtape featuring late singer Terry Callier – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.

American guitarist and singer-songwriter Callier passed away at the age of 67 in October of this year. As part of his storied 50-year career, he worked with Massive Attack in his 2009 comeback album 'Hidden Conversations'.

Now, 3D has posted a free mixtape featuring recordings he made with Callier at a studio in Bristol. He wrote: "Me and Euan reloaded the Terry Callier tapes from 2005. It felt right to honour the short time we had with him Bristol.

"We created a 'mix tape' of the pieces I worked on with Neil and Terry.I also took the liberty of stripping them back to a more personal space and cut in alternative vocals and chuckles, in an attempt to share a little of the spirit of the great man," he added.

Terry Callier's 50-year career began when he signed to Chess Records in 1962, aged just 17. Leaving behind the doo-wop sound of his teenage years, his most famous trio of albums – 1972's 'Occasional Rain', 1973's 'What Color Is Love' and 1974's 'I Just Can't Help Myself' exemplified the hybrid of funk, soul and jazz that he created.

Callier quit music to study computer programming and sociology in the 1980s, but his cult grew through the patronage of the UK's Acid Jazz label and a younger generation of singer-songwriters, and he was eventually lured back to performing and recording. He collaborated with British singer-songwriter Beth Orton in 1997, appearing on her 'Best Bit' EP, before working with Massive Attack on 'Hidden Conversations'.

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