Bill Callahan Vinyl, CD & tapes by Bill Callahan at Norman Records

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Smog
A River Ain't Too Much To Love

A River Ain't Too Much To Love was the eleventh and final album Bill Callahan released under the name Smog. It was also the first in three albums not to be release with parentheses around the name. Make of that what you will. Anyway it shows him further refining his increasingly distinguished song craft adding in piano and violin textures to add further melancholy to the the words spouted by that rich chocolate voice of his.  
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Mickey Newbury / Bill Callahan
Heaven Help The Child


Bill Callahan
Gold Record

Knaresborough-raised troubadour Bill Callahan returns with Gold Record  - an album made whilst he was preparing to tour his previous album Shepherd In A Sheep's Vest. A lot of the album is culled from tracks he'd written over the years for other artists to sing  - all recorded on the hoof in an intuitive and creative burst with some good friends helping flesh the sounds around that rich, warm baritone.  

Bill Callahan
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest

Guess what? Bill Callahan got married....and fathered a child. Lovely news but what it has meant is that Bill's music has taken a back seat in recent years to the rigours and glories of family life. He's more that made up for it though with this 20 track album of new material. Don't panic though, not an endless double album these are short, sharp compositions exemplifying his songwriting talents.         

Bill Callahan
Live at Third Man Records

The latest record in Third Man Records’ Live At Third Man Records series finds the label/shop/Jack White vanity project hosting famed alt-country sadster Bill Callahan. The autumnal poetry of The Artist Formerly Known As Smog is magnified in his spare live show. These recordings expertly capture concert Callahan.

Smog
Knock Knock

Knock Knock. Who is there? Bill. Bill who? Bill from Knaresborough....the Smog guy. Ah. That terrible sleeve adorns a work of rich majesty that now enjoys a 20th anniversary re-issue. Smog's previous album Red Apple Falls showcased the singer using ever more adventurous recording techniques and actual singing to showcase his rich brown autumnal songs. Knock Knock is a beaut. He's the Leonard Cohen of the '90s and a ladies man to match.  

Bill Callahan
Woke Up On A Whaleheart

Well we've all done it haven't we? This was Bill Callahan's debut solo album but as we know he'd previously been recording all but solo albums as Smog. There's no real departure here to warrant the change, just more of his soft baritone and lyrical prowess emboldened by Neil Hagerty's twinkling production which adds a prettiness to his slo-mo soundscapes. 

Bill Callahan
Letters To Emma Bowlcut

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Various (Beth Orton, Bill Callahan, Final Fantasy etc.)
Crayon Angel: A Tribute to the Music of Judee Sill

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Bill Callahan
Diamond Dancer

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Bill Callahan
I Drive a Valence

Bill Callahan should write more books. The baritone poet has already released one, 'Letters To Emma Bowlcut' -- a collection of random thoughts, barely interconnected, collected into a novella. In true Callahan fashion, the book is a delight to read, even if the reader has no fucking clue what he's talking about: the sentences just sound nice. Now, he's releasing 'I Drive a Valence', a book compiling lyrics from seventy of his songs alongside over a hundred original self-inked images. He really is a man of many talents.

Bill Callahan
Apocalypse

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Bill Callahan
Rough Travel For A Rare Thing

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Bill Callahan
Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle

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Smog
Red Apple Falls

Awww Red Apple Falls. A lovely album by Bill Callahan and his Smog. This was where he teamed up with Jim O'Rourke to make a lush album at odds with his earlier lo-fi bedroom style. Here was the album where Callahan started to find his voice...and what a voice that was  - a dark toffee coloured churn dispensing pensive, emotionally affecting words over a gentle folky strum. An autumnal delight.  

Smog
Dongs of Sevotion

Typical Bill Callahan to make an album of exquisite dark-hued confessional songwriting the lumber it with that title. The eighth Smog album sees him move further away from his lo-fi roots on a looser collection highlighted by the masterful and darkly humorous Dress Sexy at My Funeral which is perfect fodder for his deep-hued baritone voice. 

Smog
The Doctor Came At Dawn

If you don’t have a bit of Bill Callahan in your life then you’re not really doing music right. Arguably the pre-eminent American singer-songwriter of the past couple of decades, Callahan did a lot of his best work under the name of Smog. The fifth Smog LP, 1996’s The Doctor Came At Dawn, is a masterful example of Callahan’s quiet power, all lamp-lit acoustic guitar and portentous musing. The Doctor Came At Dawn was crafted with the help of his sometime collaborator Cynthia Dall.
  • Vinyl LP (DC95)
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