William Topley Sea Fever
- Released: June 21, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Warner Bros / Wea
- $0.99 on iTunes1.Step Inside
- $0.99 on iTunes2.Paramount 1009
- $0.99 on iTunes3.High on the Rhythm
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Sea Fever
- $0.99 on iTunes5.Someone Else
- $0.99 on iTunes6.Handle With Care
- $0.99 on iTunes7.Michigan Life
- $0.99 on iTunes8.I Will Be There
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Five Days a Week
- $0.99 on iTunes10.Whipping Boy
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Berber Gold
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Personnel: William Topley (vocals); Luke Brighty (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, harp, harmonica); Mark Knopfler (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mike Westergaard (piano, bass instrument); Martin Swain, Diego Kovadlof (bass instrument); James Eller (bass guitar); Dorie Jackson (background vocals); Dominic Miller (guitar, keyboards); Colin Vearncombe (acoustic guitar); Mark Taylor (piano, organ); Johnson Somerset (synthesizer); Jim Kimberley (drums, percussion); Chris Sheehan (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: William Topley; Mike Westergaard.
Recording information: A-Bay; Anzac; De Zolde; Studio 99.
Photographer: Gemma Day.
For his fifth solo album, British blues-rock vocalist William Topley leads his long-standing band through an emotive, dynamic set of 11 songs. Topley's deep voice is in top form here, and his potent, husky delivery carries the set through a number of stylistic detours. The opener, "Step Inside," is soaring pop in the Phil Collins/Sting vein, while "Handle with Care" is a balladic tale of longing. Dire Straits leader Mark Knopfler lends his unmistakable guitar lines to the title track, which sounds like a long-lost sea chantey, and Sting guitarist Dominic Miller helps to close out the record with "Berber Gold," a spare song on which Miller's delicate playing echoes Topley's singing to beautiful effect. Although Topley's blues roots are still on display here (see "High on the Rhythm" and "Michigan Life"), the overall vibe of SEA FEVER places the record in the adult-contemporary pop category, ensuring that his compelling music will deservedly reach a wider audience.
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