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Pain or Paradise

[John Tams]

The Albion Band: Pain and Paradise (Harvest HAR 5175)

Pain and Paradise / Lay Me Low
The Albion Band
Harvest HAR 5175 (single, UK, January 1979)

This song was recorded by the Albion Band at Chipping Norton Studios, Gloucestershire, in July 1978. Author John Tams, who developed the song from the sea shanty Riding on a Donkey, sings himself with Viola Wills joining in on chorus. The song was originally released in January 1979 as a single on the EMI/Harvest label and later included as bonus track of the CD reissue of the album Rise Up Like the Sun. On both versions, the song's title is Pain and Paradise even if the chorus goes Pain or Paradise. The B-side of the single, Lay Me Low, is a remix of a track from this album. This was included in the CD reissue too.

A 1979 Albion Band live recording with John Tams and Julie Covington singing was included with its proper title, Pain or Paradise, on the Ashley Hutchings anthology The Guv'nor Vol 3.


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