Decades is a collaboration between singer/songwriter David Palfreyman and writer/actor Nicholas Pegg, who describe the work as
“a great big double concept album with all the trimmings”.
Together with producer/engineer Ian Caple (Tindersticks, Suede, Tricky, Kate Bush), they have created a double album which entwines Palfreyman’s music and lyrics with Pegg’s linking narrative, building into a meditation on the fragility of time, memory, and personal history.
Lead vocalists on the album include Sarah Jane Morris (best known for singing Don’t Leave Me This Way with The Communards), Cassidy Janson (critically acclaimed for her performance as Carole King in the West End musical Beautiful), Ian Shaw (twice winner of Best Jazz Vocalist at the BBC Jazz Awards), Mitch Benn (singer/comedian on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show), and Jessica Lee Morgan (daughter of legendary producer Tony Visconti and singer Mary Hopkin, currently promoting her own solo album Around The Block).
Other musicians on Decades include Gary Barnacle (saxophonist on classic tracks including David Bowie’s Absolute Beginners, Tina Turner’s I Don’t Wanna Lose You, and T’Pau’s China In Your Hand), David Clayton (keyboardist for George Michael, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Elton John, U2 and many others), and Terry Edwards (multi-instrumentalist with Madness, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, The Blockheads and Julian Cope).
Linking the songs are dialogue scenes featuring an all-star cast headed by David Warner (Titanic, The Omen, Time Bandits), Richard Coyle (Coupling, Prince of Persia, Born To Kill), Jacqueline Pearce (White Mischief, Plague of the Zombies, and galactic villainess Servalan in Blake’s 7), Jan Ravens (Spitting Image and Dead Ringers, currently turning heads with her uncannily accurate Theresa May), Edward Holtom (Sherlock, Shakespeare's Globe, and the title role in the West End production of Oliver!), and Simon Greenall (Benidorm, Trapped!, and perhaps best known as Alan Partridge’s Geordie friend Michael).
David Palfreyman, who released his debut album RadioMagnetofon in 2010 under the name Malf, has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA. Nicholas Pegg’s writing credits include stage shows, audio plays, and the acclaimed book The Complete David Bowie (a noted Bowie expert, he has worked as consultant on many projects including the V&A exhibition David Bowie Is, the BBC’s Five Years documentaries, and the Royal Mail’s recent set of commemorative Bowie stamps), while his acting credits include regular appearances as a Dalek in Doctor Who.
Decades is available now from Diteli Records on double vinyl, double CD and digital download. The single and video We All Fall Down, featuring Sarah Jane Morris, can also be found online.