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Fate Outsmarts Desire

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about

Kaprekars Constant is the brainchild of childhood friends, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Al Nicholson and Nick Jefferson.

Joined throughout its debut album by legendary Van Der Graaf Generator saxophonist/flautist David Jackson, vocalist Dorie Jackson (Francis Dunnery) and ace former Level 42 drummer Phil Gould, the band's melodic sensibilities, epic arrangements and love of historical subject matter draw inspiration from early Genesis and Jethro Tull and have been compared to Big Big Train.

A superb second release on the Uranium Club label.

credits

released March 10, 2017

The Collective:
Bill Jefferson: vocals
Dorie Jackson: vocals and backing vocals
Nick Jefferson: bass, fretless bass, electric guitar and keyboards.
Al Nicholson: acoustic guitar, classical guitar, electric guitar, mandolin and keyboards. Mike Westergaard: keyboards, piano and backing vocals.
David Jackson: saxophones, flutes, whistles and G# bell.
Phil Gould: drums, percussion and 'dube'.
Paul Gunn: spoken voice.

Sean Jefferson: original painting
Sophie Butters: website design.
Will Hesse: photography.

All songs written by Nick Jefferson and Al Nicholson.
Produced and mixed by Mike Westergaard.

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Track Name: Bluebird
Blue Bird

i) 1925 Record Attempt
But it rings in your ears like blood...
Three miles a minute can never be enough. The Sunbeam’s captain - take your seat. The aero-engine at your feet
Spitting fire, oil... steam.
350 horses scream,
‘You won’t come back; you can’t survive!’ But come on let’s just give it one more try.
It wasn’t one for the money or one for the fame, But just for the hell of all who came.
One for Albion. One for fun.
But, please God get this record done.
‘You won’t be coming back; you can’t survive!’ But come on let’s just give it one more try. Come on now let’s give it one more try.
The vultures’ row, a vague unrest -
Not in the smoking hole just yet.
The flying mile. A distant hum.
The watches stop and the deed is done.
‘You won’t be coming back; you can’t survive!’ But come on let’s just give it one more try. Come on now just give it one more try.
ii) John Godfrey Parry Thomas
The hands of a juggler with Brunel’s mind Become a potent brew.
Some days you write the story.
Some days it’s writing you.
Challenger, Columbia, fate outsmarts desire. The finest brains. A will of iron.
Speed’s the smoke; courage: the fire.
iii) Babs
Babs now lives beside the sea. Peace and quiet guaranteed:
An undignified end for a great lady.
She was born of nobility:
A childhood steeped in luxury.
The sisters they lived their lives at speed.
Babs turned her back on the quiet life. The firebrand made for a difficult wife Right up to the day that she took his life.
Babs paid for her terrible crime.
Fifty years is a very long time.
The passing days have not been kind.
iv) Fresh record attempt
So our man is back on Pendine’s shore To bring the record home once more. The hardware’s new. Worries canned: The fastest of them all on land.
Fly low, coldly you go.
It’s what they say you’re born to do. Call it obsession...how you’re wired. Speed’s the smoke, courage: the fire.
v) Blue Bird restored
The ninety years just raced on by.
A thousand miles an hour they try, And barely touching ground they fly.
Carbon fibre rocket cars; we learn so quickly, come so far.
The follies of that golden age - we’ll never see their like again. But sometimes out on Pendine Sands, the beast will roar again!