"California Son" released (May 24, 2019); full album now on YouTube

California Son is released on May 24, 2019.


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At about 12:05 UK time, all the rest of the album tracks were posted on Morrissey's YouTube.

Press the icon at the top left to select other songs:


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FWD.


A short promo video for the album:

 
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The 2 vinyl versions of the record (not including 'test pressing') both come with 2 paper liners.
1 advertising a large part of the back catalogue throughout the years via various label's products.
The other outlining credits for each song and a tiny bit of recording info:

(Click on the images to enlarge).


There is no matrix / dead wax message on the vinyl.
The CD version is a card slipcase and features the back catalogue advert on the inside gatefold.
The CD also has the same uniformed figure printed on it as the vinyl's middle labels.
The digital formats range from VBR MP3/M4A to 320 MP3 plus some have FLAC & 24-bit/96kHz FLAC.

The actual card stock for the record sleeve is quite good.
The blue vinyl is a very consistent, rich light blue and is probably worth paying the tiny bit extra for if you have the opportunity.

Regards,
FWD.
 
it's a give away, if the full album is on youtube, got a message from Morrissey [its management/PR] there were 5 video's, have to check my mail.

Though I hope it will be a first week chart top 10 in the UK
 
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LOVE IT!

Especially love the Bob Dylan cover. A wonderful and vibrant collection of songs - sung by the best crooner in the business.
 
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I love both versions, imagine his live! It’s gonna rock!
Was also thinking of how it could have fit onto one of his last two albums.

2019 and still rings true today



School bell go "Ding! Dong! Ding!"
The children all line up
They do what they are told
Take a little drink from the liar's cup.
Mama don't really care
If what they learn is true
Or if it's only lies.
Just get them through the factories
Into production
Ah, get them into line.
Late in the afternoon
The children all come home
They mind their manners well
Their little lives are all laid out.
Mama don't seem to care
If she may break their hearts
She clips their wings off, they never learn to fly.
Poor Mama needs a source of pride
A doctor son she'll have
No matter what the cost
to manhood or to soul.
Sun shine down, brightly shine
Down on all the land
Shine down on the newborn lambs
A butcher's knife is in his hand.
Mama, she keeps them unprepared
To meet the enemy
That's comin' unto us.
Teach them that evil dwells
across the sea
Lives in a mountain
Like they see on TV.
Down in the heart of town
The Devil dresses up
He keeps his nails clean
Did you think he'd be a boogeyman?
Oh, Mama's stuck with sagging dreams
She'll sell a son or two into some slavery
That's lucrative and fine.
Just teach them not to criticize
Say "Yes" to bosses, impress the clients
Ah teachers of the world teach them to fake it well.
School bell go "Ding! Dong! Ding!"
The children all line up
They do what they are told
Take a little drink from the liar's cup.


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On the youtube uploading of the album debate, exactly the same occurred with LIHS and I posted about it at the time - albeit that time the upload was after four days or so. In terms of the sales impact of this, I'd imagine people with a passing Morrissey interest (or just want to save £10) would now be more reluctant to bother with it all, it certainly won't help sales, but if the man was interested in people with a passing interest he would have stopped doing lots of things a while back.

So why do they do this? The youtube views of each song do contribute towards its streaming sales, just the same as spotify, but completely free and with fewer adverts (although youtube now has a premium service of course to remove the adverts); about 3% of all music streaming royalties derive from youtube (but the price per unit is a fraction of pennies compared to the physical sales): so in my opinion there should be a temporary youtube embargo in the first week of sales for any new release. That would make more sense commercially but this doesn't change the fact the entire album was leaked onto youtube on monday by a private user, it was available for about 6 hours, and then removed...

By the way, I actually rate the album as excellent, I especially like Days of Decision, and I just hope it tours the UK before this year. I have my doubts though because of all the stories taking someone far to0 seriously for their politics, it's even wearing me down and I have small ears, it is a separate longer debate I've steered clear of till now, but it is clearly partly tied up with the advantageous animal welfare pledges made by For Britain, which is a good thing for animals of course, although the motivations for making these pledges is questionable, and I'm sure has been pointed out by many, I am surprised Moz is actively promoting them so fervently, and has not made some statement regarding his support being aligned mainly to the animal protectionist issue he has always fought for (it would bring many back around and give him a chance to step away from the more questionable ideals they hold). I digress, this is meant to be a review, great songs, viva moz, Happy Birthday et cetera.
 
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Suffer the little children and Days of decision are just brilliant.

Overall it’ll take a couple more listens to get fully into it but it’s a nice refreshing change to hear these covers.

Can’t wait for the next album of original songs.
 
A great album, certainly his most diverse, covering a wide range of musical styles.
Suffer the Little Children and Days of Decision are early favourites.
the four we heard before are definitely the most radio friendly,love suffer also really like loneliness remembers and don't interrupt.
 
Fantastic album, my favourites are When You Close Your Eyes, Lonliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets and Suffer The little Children. For the first time in a while I think he chose the right singles, though - Wedding Bell Blues has been a hit on Radio 2 and probably the reason it's record of the week, it's going to help sell copies and will hopefully end up with a number one.
 
Fantastic album, my favourites are When You Close Your Eyes, Lonliness Remembers What Happiness Forgets and Suffer The little Children. For the first time in a while I think he chose the right singles, though - Wedding Bell Blues has been a hit on Radio 2 and probably the reason it's record of the week, it's going to help sell copies and will hopefully end up with a number one.
Top 3 looks likely but I can't see this album (in week 1) selling more than Lewis Capaldi's album (in its second week).
 
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