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Boomkat Product Review:
Steven Brown started his career in the late '70s as part of American New Wave band Tuxedomoon. After six years Brown embarked upon a solo career (it was 1983 by this point) and then several albums down the line he committed this long-player to tape - 1987's Brown Plays Tenco + Live 1988. The album is a project based around reinterpretations of music by Italian singer/songwriter Luigi Tenco, who found popularity in the 1960s before killing himself at a music festival in 1967. As you'd imagine from such a character, this music isn't always a cheery hoedown, instead it tends towards a romanticised sense of melodramatic, crooned out by Brown with great panache. The dated production might be a barrier at first, but you'll soon find yourself falling for its outmoded charms. A number of live recordings are bundled with the release, which has also been given the full digital remastering treatment.