Saturday, February 12, 2011

One Dove - Why Don't You Take Me (Stephen Hague Mix)


Scottish band One Dove was one of those musical entities that I stumbled upon completely by accident. The year was 1993 and the band had just released their first (and only) album titled Morning Dove White. One of my friends who owned a local indie record store happened to be playing one of the singles off the album and I was immediately transfixed. Dot Allison's dreamy, ethereal vocals coupled with a near perfect trip-hop soundscape instantly appealed to me. I bought the album that day and it fast became one of my very favorites. For eighteen years I've been recommending the album to everyone I know and I have yet to find a single person who didn't like it. It really is that good. The best part? The album is not out-of-print or rare, so you can pop on Amazon right now and order it for less than $2!

However, the track I'm posting this time around is a bit harder to find. It's taken from a UK promo CD for one of One Dove's lesser known songs titled "Why Don't You Take Me." This was meant to be the third single from the album, but the band broke up before it could get any real promotion. Stephen Hague was tasked with remixing the track and he did an admirable job. Though it's not an extended version (it only clocks in at 3:44) it is still a very satisfying mix of the original song.

Some of you may know that Dot Allison moved on to relatively successful solo career, releasing four albums under her own name between 1998 and 2009. Though her solo work has its moments, it is substantially less compelling then her work with One Dove. Beg, borrow, or steal a copy of the their full length album. It is so worth it! Enjoy the track...

Artist: One Dove
Title: Why Don't You Take Me (Stephen Hague Mix)
From: Why Don't You Take Me (Promo CD5)
Time: 3.44





7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're right, this is definitely a great album. I'd also recommend another song of Dot Allison's that I once nearly overlooked . . . it's the last song on a CD I skimmed through while driving home really late one night. I got my parking space and turned the ignition off, but the first notes here made me pause just before I took my keys out. I sat in the dark with the engine off, and really heard this one, Lover . . . haunting. It's a favorite now. ~ Michaela
http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=Q7f8nszcEwQ

A said...

http://www.slicingupeyeballs.com/2011/03/18/andy-bell-claudia-brucken-video-london-scala/

Andy Bell and Claudia Brücken. Thought you might enjoy this, if you haven't seen it yet.

(I used to read your blog--and Karen's--over at LJ. I hope you are doing well.)

theFIRSTCUT.net DJ... said...

Michaela: I do like Dot's solo stuff (here and there), but it's a little too ethereal for me in general. There's no doubt she has a great voice though! Thanks for the link.

theFIRSTCUT.net DJ... said...

A: Always nice to hear from someone that remembers Karen and I from the past. Thanks for commenting.

Slicing Up Eyeballs is one of my favorite feeds, so I saw that video, but I appreciate you posting a link! I would love to see them live together.

Carlson said...

Thanks for posting this Blake! I've been a fan of One Dove since I first heard them on a modern rock radio station in 1995, but this is the first time I have ever heard this particular mix. Have you heard any rumors of a 2nd One Dove album? 11 years ago some guy on a Saint Etienne fan email list flaunted owning demo recordings of a 2nd one dove album that was shelved. By chance have you come across anything releated to this?

theFIRSTCUT.net DJ... said...

Carlson- I have heard that same rumor about some unreleased demos from One Dove. I don't think it was a full album, but I've heard that there are some tracks that didn't make it to commercial release. It would be nice to hear them!

Tim Down said...

I love that single mix of Why Don't You Take Me, and I think prefer it to the album version. I've been looking out for it for a while because the only copy I have is ripped from a tape copied from a promo CD of the single owned by the student radio station I was involved in at uni. Thanks for posting it.