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Ashtanga Hridaya - The Album

Jack Stafford, Ayurvedic Troubadour

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  1. 1 The Forgiveness Song 05:33
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  2. 2 Vikruti 03:57
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  3. 3 Ayurveda Lifestyle Blues 04:53
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  4. 4 Rhapsody For Vata 02:07
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  5. 5 Kapha Cantata 02:05
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  6. 6 The Rules (Dinacharya) 03:07
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  7. 7 Snigdha 01:24
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  8. 8 You Are The Ayurvedic Average (balance With Opposites) 02:50
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  9. 9 Panchakarma 03:30
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  10. 10 Talking Diabetes 03:51
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  11. 11 Agni Vs. Ama 03:07
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  12. 12 Son Of The Sum (Adharaneeya Vega- The 14 Urges) 02:19
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  13. 13 Crimes Against Wisdom 02:09
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  14. 14 Why Are You Running? (Like Increases Like) 02:06
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  15. 15 Lord Of The Doshas (The 6 Tastes) 04:35
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  16. 16 The Opposite Of Vata 03:41
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  17. 17 We're All Completely Screwed 04:14
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My Favourites LP

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A one off special release of my favourite songs. A mix of stripped down acoustic folk songs and studio produced epics available for free download.

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  1. 1 Every moment matters 02:48
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  2. 2 Tall tales of tranquility 03:03
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  3. 3 The hard way 03:37
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  4. 4 Every day's a joy 04:39
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  5. 5 I want you to fail 03:19
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  6. 6 Debt train 02:16
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  7. 7 Falling 03:21
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  8. 8 Dreams of plenty 03:01
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Cilento time (2015)

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This album was recorded in the Cilento in the heart of Southern Italy. I'm very grateful to everyone who played on the album. Piera Lombardi (Vocals/percussion), Francesco Citera (Accordion), Denis Citera (Drums), Angelo Loia (Guitar). It was recorded in the wonderful studio of Tonino Valletta with all it's shiny valves. The songs are inspired by life in Italy and my lovely ball and chain, Maria Rosaria della Pepa. Long may she keep me here. (PS - Thanks to Francis Cassidy for the album cover www.thestrayphotographer.com)

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  1. 1 City by the sea 04:26
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  2. 2 Winter in Perdifumo 03:00 Free
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  3. 3 Tall tales of tranquility 03:03
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  4. 4 Falling 03:21
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  5. 5 My mind 03:50
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  6. 6 Man in the middle 02:27
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  7. 7 Slow Cilento 02:42
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  8. 8 The seeds inside me 03:01
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  9. 9 Samsara 03:41
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  10. 10 Clean and regular 03:41
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  11. 11 Berlusconi 02:54
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  12. 12 Rolling round the world 02:59
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2012 - Lost Christmas

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Covers of four classic Hank Williams songs. Francesco Citera on accordion. Antonio Fiorillo on double bass. And Piera Lombardi provides percussion. It was recorded and produced by Tonino Valletta at TVA studio, in Ascea, Italy. Tonino put so much time working on the sound of the recordings and all the quality you hear is down to him.

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  1. 1 Lost highway 02:52 Free
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  2. 2 I'm so lonesome I could cry 02:55 Free
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  3. 3 Your cheatin' heart 04:25 Free
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  4. 4 Cold cold heart 02:52 Free
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The Troubadour Chronicles

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The Troubadour Chronicles is a songwriting journal that records my experiences touring around the world. It's not just all about me though. The best songs are those about the weird and wonderful characters I met, and the local issues I heard about, be it building a wind farm or fighting local developers. It's also a record of the times with stories from the newspapers I read while waiting for a bus.

I travelled by bicycle, boat, train, plane and automobile. With friends, musicians and by myself. Around Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. Couchsurfed with over 200 people. Some of the songs were recorded on the spot, others later in a studio with more musicians. I'd like to go back and record them all again, but then the story would lose it's arc. I hope you can hear how I changed during the experience. Inevitable really. Negative sardonic songs came easy back then. Now I prefer a positive message.

The Chronicles is spread over 8 discs and last over 5 hours, which is more Jack Stafford then anyone should be forced to bear. I certainly wouldn't recommend listening to it in one sitting. Take it slow. As I wish I had done.

Disc 1

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This disc is the preface. The beginning. And in the beginning there was... a day job. The stick to the carrot of the open road. I had the full set... girlfriend, job, house, cats... they were hers. Normal life is tough and offers little in the way of compensation.

CREDITS: Andreas Langhorn and Patrick Fergus produced Every Day's a Joy and Viva la revolucion in Copenhagen. Kevin Wesley Williams and Chris Leggerie produced the other musical tracks in Philadelphia. Ro Halfhide recorded many in Amsterdam. And Simon Wallace from Austin played harmonica on City Life.

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  1. 1 Every day's a joy 04:39
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  2. 2 Rise of the renunciate 04:19
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  3. 3 Debt train 02:16
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  4. 4 IKEA 00:39
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  5. 5 Dreams of plenty 03:01
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  6. 6 Daytime TV 01:21
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  7. 7 Mortgage on mind 03:03
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  8. 8 Job applications 00:43
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  9. 9 Cold cold world 03:33
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  10. 10 Viva la revolucion 03:44
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  11. 11 A cruel beginning to my decline and inevitable death 04:17
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  12. 12 Work eat shit sleep 01:23
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  13. 13 Dear shareholder 03:50
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  14. 14 City life 04:26
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  15. 15 Soulseller 02:45
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The tour started as a lap of the states and Canada but afterwards I kept on going, visiting most states and seeing places you couldn't even find on a map. I ended up doing two tours actually, but for the sake of simplicity let's just lump all the American songs together.

CREDITS: Kevin Wesley Williams for picking me out of a festival in Dewey Beach and giving me recording time. Steini for driving me across Canada. And the hundreds of people who gave me help, places to stay, places to play. I can never pay you back but I hope to pass it on.

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  1. 1 Every moment matters 02:48
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  2. 2 Killing the kids (Jamie Oliver blues) 02:47
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  3. 3 A.D.D. 03:13
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  4. 4 Mother feeder and the homecoming kid 03:15
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  5. 5 The sorrow of Gaia 01:50
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  6. 6 The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones 01:53
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  7. 7 The US economy 02:29
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  8. 8 Another dead man in Afghanistan 04:32
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  9. 9 A day out in Detroit 03:16
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  10. 10 The ballad of Jolie Holland 03:14
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  11. 11 Cabin song 03:50
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  12. 12 Super easy classic rock 01:50
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  13. 13 Mel Gibson's mind 02:19
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Disc 3

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These are all songs I wrote while I lived in Holland. I was there for a long time - 10 years - so technically this is an adjunct to the Chronicles. Some of them are recorded on an ipod way back. I like this sound best. Why do people spend so much on a studio?

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  1. 1 Mr Pleasure Man 03:29
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  2. 2 Ode to the lonely stoner 04:08
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  3. 3 Eindhoven: City of light 02:51
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  4. 4 Song to Woody 01:35
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  5. 5 Vanessa & Sebastian 03:17
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  6. 6 Gay OK 03:45
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  7. 7 The art of conversation 02:57
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  8. 8 Five years on 02:37
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  9. 9 Nick Helderman and the immortals 02:11
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  10. 10 Dance for me 02:49
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  11. 11 The waiting game 03:49
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  12. 12 All-knowing girl 01:52
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  13. 13 Girl with the perfect posture 01:38
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  14. 14 The law of diminishing marginal returns 02:55
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  15. 15 Why are they like the way they are? 02:14
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  16. 16 My leaving was a long time coming 03:38
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I have played a few times in England but haven't lived there since 1998. Still I know more about what goes on there than anywhere else thanks to newspapers and following the football. Most of these songs are inspired by stories I read on guardian.co.uk

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  1. 1 I want you to fail 03:19
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  2. 2 A journey (The Blair Crusades) 03:53
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  3. 3 The end of the farce 03:39
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  4. 4 The loneliness of the bank CEO 03:27
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  5. 5 Gordon Brown Blues 02:51
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  6. 6 Anywhere but here 05:08
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  7. 7 After the Olympics has gone 02:22
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  8. 8 The trial of Toni Terry 01:44
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  9. 9 Tales at the end 03:33
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  10. 10 Strange times 03:11
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  11. 11 The obituary of Will Perrin 04:01
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  12. 12 Nights like these 02:52
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  13. 13 Sleep 04:48
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Disc 5

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My six month European tour in the second half of 2010 was particularly hard. I'd made it my goal to visit every European country and had house concerts lined up in most, but didn't manage to do them all. It was cold weather and I was mixing the bicycle and the train. Thankfully Emma Hill, the Alaskan superstar, came on to join me and the tour ended happily.

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  1. 1 Making my life too hard 02:36
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  2. 2 Bored in Camden 02:20
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  3. 3 Music for a mountain top 02:51
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  4. 4 Peace of mind (on the road) 03:00
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  5. 5 Letters from a long arm 02:26
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  6. 6 On the train to Rome 02:36
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  7. 7 The Italians 02:12
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  8. 8 I didn't sleep so good 02:18
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  9. 9 Marie Cubi House Band 03:17
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  10. 10 Wifi? 02:50
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  11. 11 The water's on song 01:54
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  12. 12 The cold cure blues 02:05
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  13. 13 Athen's streets 03:18
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  14. 14 Curse of standards 01:32
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  15. 15 Oath of abstinence 02:30
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I had a legendary tour around New Zealand and Australia, mostly by bicycle. In New Zealand I met Maria and have been with her ever since. We cycled around New Zealand with Puk (Belgium) and Yancy (USA), playing in any places that would have us, blagging hotel rooms or beds in towns along the way. The same in Australia, with different guys - Alec (Switzerland) and Rory (Canada) - fantastic musicians and we were the Peddling Troubadours for 3 crazy months. The songs say it all. A crazy time.

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  1. 1 It is dangerous out there 02:04
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  2. 2 Oh Christchurch 01:46
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  3. 3 Takaka Hill 01:52
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  4. 4 The city's not the same without you 04:28
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  5. 5 The buskers 02:21
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  6. 6 Save the developers 03:02
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  7. 7 Tony Quall 02:42
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  8. 8 Maria 03:39
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  9. 9 Good life on the road 03:41
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  10. 10 East timor song 02:09
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  11. 11 Peace and love 03:34
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  12. 12 Under the stars 03:07
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  13. 13 Coffee lover 03:01
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  14. 14 Dumpster diving date 03:24
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  15. 15 Queensland rail 01:57
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  16. 16 Troubadour 03:17
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  17. 17 Jailbait 01:46
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Sabbatical's log. A soul-searching experience. Maria and I crewed on a yacht from Cairns to Darwin with an old Dutch guy who was hell to be with. Long days of sailing, the boat listing badly. I was sea sick for three weeks and lost 5kg in weight.

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  1. 1 Plastic sea 02:24
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  2. 2 Dog's life 02:49
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  3. 3 34 years old and a birthday at sea 03:16
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  4. 4 Reportarla a casa 02:12
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  5. 5 You can't say no to love 02:47
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  6. 6 Sailing 01:21
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  7. 7 I'm not sea sick, just sick of the sea 02:36
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  8. 8 Gulf of Carpentaria 03:01
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  9. 9 The model 03:02
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Disc 8

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After the disastrous cruise round Australia, Maria 'the dancing architect' and I jumped ship in Darwin and flew up to Bali. We bought a tandem there and cycled across Indonesia, up into Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. We had some magical adventures though, including playing in strict Muslim parts of Malaysia to people who'd never heard live music. We finished back in Italy after 4 months as Maria had an exam, we were broke and I was exhausted. Now we're saving up money and energy for the next adventure.

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  1. 1 The searcher 04:24
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  2. 2 Bad for good 01:46
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  3. 3 Big fish little pool 00:53
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  4. 4 Liberate Libya 02:08
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  5. 5 The martydom of Mohamed Bouazizi 02:42
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  6. 6 Revolutions 2011 02:16
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  7. 7 Letting go 03:03
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  8. 8 Let there be light 02:20
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  9. 9 Love is happiness 02:05
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  10. 10 Son of a gun 00:16
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  11. 11 A bit of a Buddha 02:11
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Two pre-troubadour albums

Long Live Love

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The title says it all. Odes to that loving feeling.

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  1. 1 Intonatio Gravis 00:22
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  2. 2 Cedar Room 02:10
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  3. 3 Not Another Love Song 03:20
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  4. 4 The Love Drug 04:18
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  5. 5 Hollywood Goodbyes 02:53
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  6. 6 Blind To See 02:19
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  7. 7 Intonatio Cum Lacrima 00:23
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  8. 8 The Coming Change 04:01
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  9. 9 Midnight Show 04:13
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  10. 10 I Think I Like You Just The Way You Are 08:01
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  11. 11 Long Live Love 01:59
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  12. 12 Me Amore 02:37
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  13. 13 Together 05:13
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  14. 14 Big Blue Ball 01:57
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  15. 15 The World Is Wonderful 05:02
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  16. 16 Intonatio Voluptarius 00:21
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  17. 17 Bonus track: Roadside dream 02:37 Free
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Exes

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Debut album. A long tale of ex-girlfriend toubles.

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  1. 1 Toyboy 04:01
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  2. 2 Nothing in common 02:38
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  3. 3 In it on your own 03:24
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  4. 4 Ex-boyfriends are the bane of my life 03:15
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  5. 5 The hard way 03:37
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  6. 6 Opportunity cost 03:47
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  7. 7 Free from you 03:31
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  8. 8 I can't hear you 01:23
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  9. 9 The best way to live is to grow 03:09
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  10. 10 Nothing in common - reprise 01:43
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  11. 11 Claustrophobia 03:25
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  12. 12 Why does this keep happening to me? 02:53
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  13. 13 The other side of the world 04:07
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  14. 14 Bury St. Edmunds 01:54
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  15. 15 Bonus track: Little Rich Girl 03:13 Free
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  16. 16 Bonus track: Open up 02:31 Free
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  17. 17 Bonus track: In it on your own (original bside version) 03:20 Free
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Christmas albums

2011 - Uncle Jack and Daddy

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After Christmas in Italy with Maria's family, we came to my parents in England for a second one, with my brother who came over to visit from Texas with his wife Melinda and son Oscar (who provided the album cover). Simon got out his harps and did some excellent backing vocals on a few of the cover songs I've been playing live this year. And we finished off with the classic Work Song, which we used to duet with back in the day.

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  1. 1 Love is the drug 02:08
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  2. 2 Dancing queen 02:14
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  3. 3 Live it up 01:50
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  4. 4 Rawhide 02:06
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  5. 5 Work song 03:52
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2009 - T-Rexmas

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Jack Stafford's 2009 Christmas Cover Album is a collection of songs from T-Rex, the seminal 70s British rock band. It stars Jack's brother Simon on harmonica and backing vocals and was recorded in Austin Texas at Million Dollar Sound. Kurtis D. Machler produced the record and also played guitar and bass, while Mike Meadows supplied percussion. The cover art is by Rune Preuthun.

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  1. 1 Get It On 04:22 Free
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  2. 2 Ride A White Swan 02:12 Free
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  3. 3 Foxy Boy 02:17 Free
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  4. 4 The Flats 01:48 Free
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  5. 5 20th Century Boy 03:17 Free
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  6. 6 20th Century Baby 02:58 Free
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  7. 7 Metal Guru 02:35 Free
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  8. 8 The Soul Of My Suit 02:05 Free
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  9. 9 Hot Love 03:14 Free
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  10. 10 Life's A Gas 02:14 Free
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  11. 11 Christmas Bop 03:36 Free
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2008 - Starman

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A tribute to the Duke, recorded for Christmas 2008. Enrique on piano and Jack and Jasmine on vocals.

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  1. 1 Quicksand 04:00 Free
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  2. 2 Kooks 02:54 Free
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  3. 3 Starman 03:01 Free
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  4. 4 Space Oddity 03:33 Free
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  5. 5 Ashes to Ashes 03:15 Free
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  6. 6 Life on Mars 03:23 Free
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  7. 7 China Girl 03:39 Free
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  8. 8 Ziggy Stardust 02:37 Free
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Live albums

Jack & Emma: The Tour Diary

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Emma joined me on tour for six weeks at the end of 2011. We wrote songs along the way and recorded them live at a special house concert in Amsterdam

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  1. 1 On the train to Rome 02:34
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  2. 2 The Italians 02:11
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  3. 3 I didn't sleep so good 02:17
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  4. 4 Full moon in Barcelona 02:52
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  5. 5 The Marie Cubi House Band 03:16
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  6. 6 Wifi? 02:47
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  7. 7 The water's on song 01:52
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  8. 8 A hundred homes 04:29
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  9. 9 Cold cure blues 02:04
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  10. 10 Athens' streets 03:16
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  11. 11 I'll be home for Christmas 03:49
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  12. 12 Bonus track: TV in my mind 03:42
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  13. 13 Full set live with intros (43 mins 9MB) 42:59
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Live in Eddie's Attic

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Recorded in Decatur Georgia on 26th March 2010.

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  1. 1 Short songs for the twitter generation 03:27 Your price

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Live album: The flophouse sessions

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Stripped-down semi-acoustic performances from some of the best bands from Boston and beyond.

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  2. 2 Mother feeder and the homecoming kid 03:15 Your price

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