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World Party

Recorded Jun. 29, 2014



World Party began as an outlet for the pop infatuations of vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Karl Wallinger, previously best known for his tenure with the Waterboys. Born October 19, 1957, in Prestatyn, Wales, Wallinger grew up enamored not only of the Beatles but also of the Motown and Merseybeat sounds, and made his professional debut in 1976 as a member of the group Quasimodo. (Years later, after Wallinger had exited to move to London to work as a clerk for ATV/Northern Songs, Quasimodo evolved into the Alarm.)

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World Party, the melodic, sharp-witted and sophisticated British alternative band led by Karl Wallinger formed in 1986 as Karl's solo project (having left cult heroes The Waterboys). Citing influences such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Junior Walker, Neil Young and Prince; World Party has amassed a collection of hit singles over its history, including ''Ship of Fools'', ''Put The Message In The Box'', ''Is It Like Today?'' and the chart-topping ''Way Down Now'', while contributing to movie soundtracks Reality Bites and Clueless. Over the years the band has worked with collaborators such as Sinéad O'Connor and Peter Gabriel as well as an Australian tour with Steely Dan. In recent years Karl has taken World Party to the stages of Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Royal Albert Hall and others.

Live at the Belly Up was recorded June 29, 2014 at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA with the long-time trio of Karl, John Turnbull and David Duffy. The album features songs spanning the band’s entire career, from the 1986 debut Private Revolution to the 2012 5 CD Set Arkeology, such as “Ship Of Fools,” “Is it Like Today,” “Vanity Fair” and several tracks which originally appeared on 1990’s Goodbye Jumbo including “Put the Message In The Box, ” “Love Street” and the set closer “Way Down Now.”

Total Play Time: Approx. 59 Minutes
Engineered by Garrett Wysocki
File Size 117MB

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