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