Anyone who has followed the career of Joseph Arthur since he was personally discovered by Peter Gabriel back in 1997, knows Arthur has never been an artist to look back. Over the course of his career to date, he’s released fourteen albums under his own name, eleven official EP’s and has been involved with several high-profile side projects including Fistful Of Mercy (with Ben Harper & Dhani Harrison).
However, when it was brought to Arthur’s attention that 2017 marked the 15th anniversary of one of his most beloved albums, Redemption’s Son, he decided he wanted to do something to honor the occasion. Joseph Arthur will also be embarking on a limited run solo tour where he’ll play the album from beginning to end. “I’ve never done this album from start to finish live,” Arthur remarked. “But Redemption’s Son was always a special record to me and my fans and this clearly seemed like the right time to do it. As I’ve been saying recently to my friends, listening to this album again after all of these years has re-inspired me which honestly was a complete surprise.”
On June 23, Real World Records will re-issue the original album (with its original artwork) along with nine bonus tracks all of which have been previously unreleased. Redemption’s Son 15th Anniversary Edition will be available on 180-gram double LP, double CD, and digitally. It will be the first time the album is available on vinyl ever. The nine previously unreleased songs now form a “lost album” which Arthur has named Morning Star. “We decided to turn these tracks into their own album called ‘Morning Star’ rather than a collection of this that and the other thing,” Arthur remarked.
“It’s a great feeling when the past burps up a gift. Things forgotten and submerged by the vortex of time which reveals its illusions thru a process such as this. First listens of old things are a lot like taking the wrapping paper off a gift. That excited smile comes over you (hopefully) and it’s kinda wonderful. But soon you get transported back to the time these things were new and then they become fresh elements to work with. No more a gift but a responsibility. Like if you got a dog for Christmas. What they say about a work of art being never finished but abandoned is accurate. And I learned here that you can essentially un-abandon them. We took these old things and we set out to make something current.”
Upon its original release in 2002, the album received rave reviews on both sides of the pond:
“Joseph Arthur’s brilliant third album proves he was worth the wait ’ Redemption’s Son exhibits the sure sign of a classic album. The best songs are not nervously loaded at the front. Some of the real gems – the slow, creepy Permission, the unbearably beautiful Favorite Girl and the irresistibly poppy In The Night – emerge nearly an hour into the album.’- The Times (UK)
“…added intimacy without sacrificing dreamy magnetism… ’2000’s Come To Where I’m From was a near masterpiece. This time round, Grammy-bagging mixer Tchad Blake has replaced T-Bone Burnett as producer and brought added intimacy without sacrificing dreamy magnetism… Arthur’s vocals [are] as much soothing balm as quiet venom. Blake’s deft touch makes bedfellows of gentle acoustic guitar and gliding strings – I Would Rather Hide and Termite Song are stunning… If there’s really a God, the Super Furries-goosing-up-Cockney Rebel wizardry of In The Night ought to be the FM smash of the summer.’” Uncut (UK)
“In the current pop singer-songwriter renaissance, Arthur’s art stands out as the most emotionally naked and musically ambitious.” – Entertainment Weekly (US)