SOMETIMES I FLY...
Live in Bremen 2001
01. Diamond Mountain
02. Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
04. Holy Ground
05. Gone to Pablo
06. Rainbow Day
07. Perfect Groove
08. Rescue Mission
09. You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time
10. As I Waved Goodbye
11. Love Is A Place I Dream Of
13. Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
Mastered and edited by Brian Masterson at Soundscape, Dublin
Recorded on December 2nd, 2001, at Radio Bremen Sendesaal
Bremen/Germany by Radio Bremen
Recording Producer: Arne Schumacher
Recording Engineer: Klaus Schumann
Recording Technicians: Frank Jajobsen & Christoph Romanowski
Concert Production: Volker Steppat
Concert Arrangement under the guidance of Sabine Bachmann & Bernd Skibbe, Skip Records
Artwork by Sascha Osterland
Cover Photo by Amelia Stein
Booklet Cover Photo by Lieve Boussauw
All Songs written and composed by Luka Bloom (IMRO/MCPS Ireland)
except 'Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends' by Kris Kristoffersson.
Thank you MIG for inviting me to complete this live recording.
Thank you Skip Records for bringing me to Radio Bremen for this concert in 2001.
Thank you to all the crew who worked on the show, expecially Frank Jacobsen.
Thank you Karsten Jahnke for bringing me back to Germany again and again.
And thank you Germany for being such an open, creative country.
- Luka Bloom
Album Review by DAI JEFFRIES // www.folking.com
This album was recorded by Radio Bremen in 2001. Luka Bloom is big in Germany; he’s big in Ireland
naturally but for some unfathomable reason he isn’t really big in the UK. Sometimes I Fly...
is his second live album and was probably recorded about the same time as the first, given that they
have several songs in common.
Most of the songs come out of Luka’s early days beginning with the anthemic ’Diamond Mountain’
from the album Turf. Instead of pressing on in the same vein he follows that with the gentle, moody
’Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ and by the time he’s finished ’Ciara’ he has the
audience eating out of his hand. That may have something to do with the guitar break he plays
but they even applaud the little sigh he lets out before moving on.
For my money, there are three absolute classic Luka Bloom songs in this set. The first of these
is ’Gone To Pablo’, a seemingly simple song which deceives us into following the narrative
we imagine before the twist comes in the reveal. Next is Luka’s greatest hit, ’You Couldn’t Have
Come At A Better Time’, a song with a chorus that everyone can sing along with but which
hides a world of pain for its two protagonists. Thirdly comes ’As I Waved Goodbye’ about
the Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet - what a masterpiece.
That’s not to diss any of the other songs: ’Holy Ground’ and ’Perfect Groove’ top
the list of those I haven’t mentioned yet. Luka has a penchant for performing covers and here we
have Kris Kristofferson’s ’Please Don’t Tell Me How This Story Ends’ which blends well
with his more romantic songs.