Release Date: 10/02/2015
Maximum Ames Records is proud to present A Passing Melody, the first ever live album from Christopher the Conquered. A Passing Melody is not a traditional live album. It’s a musical self-portrait. An experiment in storytelling. It compiles recordings made on the priceless Salisbury Steinway grand piano before a live audience with a conversation between Christopher, his mother, and his grandmother and other audio recordings to weave a singular and unique listening experience of songs from across Christopher’s catalog, as well as never-before released songs, curated by the artist himself and produced by Patrick Tape Fleming (The Poison Control Center, Gloom Balloon).
The album features guest musicians Kyle Gowin on tenor saxophone and Tina Haase Findlay on accompanying vocals. The Salisbury Steinway grand piano is a one-of-kind instrument commissioned by Carl Weeks, whose cosmetics fortune funded both the construction of it and the Salisbury home in Des Moines, Iowa (fashioned as a replica of the King’s home in Salisbury, England – learn more here), where the piano is housed. The piano’s body is built from panels of 16th century English oak, taken from 500 year-old estates. The wood that lines the walls of the room where A Passing Melody was recorded comes from the same source, making the entire space a uniquely resonant instrument. Additionally, the instrument is an amazing piece of history, as Louis Armstrong was a regular guest at the Salisbury (when he performed in Des Moines, hotels would not grant him a room due to the color of his skin) and was known to play the piano.
Pre-order now and receive:
- Immediate digital download of album
- A custom portrait by album artist Jennifer Leatherby, in the style of the art! We’ll email you to get a photo of you and the artist will draw your portrait in a printed frame, as in the illustrated poster. See additional product photo above.
- Exclusive booklet of Steinway correspondence letters; as the piano was commissioned at the onset of the Great Depression, failure to pay for its extraordinary cost became an issue, which is magnificently captured in letters from Steinway to the Weeks estate. This book is a collection of replicas of those letters.
- CD includes an Illustrated poster
To celebrate the release of this album, Salisbury House is hosting a one-night only concert with Christopher the Conquered performing on the Salisbury Steinway, joined by the album’s featured guest musicians and special guest We Are the Willows, along with live portraits by album artist Jennifer Leatherby. You can pre-order tickets (which are very limited) here.
Watch the trailer video and listen to a performance captured on the album below.
- A Beginning
- What’s the Name of the Town?
- I’ll Stop Loving You
- I Guess My Heart’s Out of Tune Again
- If My Problems Mattered
- I’m Not That Famous Yet
- God Passes By
- On My Final Day
- I’m Giving Up On Rock & Roll
- Let’s Be Happy
- The Greatest Record Ever In The History of Pop Music