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‘Beyond The Sun’ enters the charts at #6 – the highest new entry of the week!
“Isaak’s versions through skilful arrangement, vibrant recording and above all some remarkable vocal performances… There’s a missionary zeal about Beyond The Sun, as if Isaak has pooled all he has learnt as a singer, and all his passion for the material, to win people back to his music.” – The Telegraph
Chris Isaak’s new album ‘Beyond The Sun’ has debuted at #6, making it the highest new entry of the week on the album chart. Released on Rhino, its success represents a renaissance for Chris Isaak in the UK as it is his highest charting album since his 1991 breakthrough collection ‘Wicked Game’.
The success of ‘Beyond The Sun’ has been buoyed by positive press coverage that has included a feature in The Telegraph as well as a variety of high profile television performances and/or interviews on shows such as BBC Breakfast, This Morning, Something For The Weekend and The Alan Titchmarsh Show.
Isaak will follow the album’s release with select North American tour dates in March.
On ‘Beyond The Sun’, Chris Isaak pays tribute to the glory days of Memphis’ Sun Studio and the visionary artists who started out there under the guidance of Sam Phillips.
The self-produced album was recorded mostly at the historic Sun Studio with his long-term band; Rowland Salley (bass), Kenney Dale Johnson (drums), Hershel Yatovitz (guitar), Scott Plunkett (piano) and Rafael Padilla (percussion). The album also features a guest performance by the Memphis legend ‘Cowboy’ Jack Clement, a songwriter, musician and producer who worked with the majority of the Studio’s biggest names. Isaak magically recaptures the transformative brilliance of the classic sides cut by greats such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis at Sun with Phillips, while also getting down to his own deeply rooted musical identity.
“When I started making music, I thought that if I do those songs, where do I go from there?” says Isaak. “I wanted to make sure I found my own sound and established who I was. But I always loved that music and I wrote songs in that spirit. You can go through all my songs and you won’t find one reference to goin’ to the bop. They’re about my life, not about nostalgia for the ’50s. I came to a point where I felt like the time was right to do this record. I’d met all my heroes and worked with most of them, and I didn’t hear anybody else doing it the way I wanted to do it.”