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Cannot Buy My Soul
Long time friend and collaborator, Paul Kelly, gathered together a few of Australia’s most respected artists to record some of Kev’s songs. According to Kev, “these musicians and singer/songwriters have shown me how it should be done”. A second CD with Kev’s original recordings completes this essential CD, which featured in the book 100 Best Australian Albums.
Over two nights at Sydney’s grand State Theatre, before a packed audience, many of Australia’s most acclaimed singer/songwriters and musicians came together to perform the songs of Kev Carmody.
The combination of so many artists from different aesthetic, generational, racial and gender backgrounds makes this concert the epitome of reconciliation. The fact that Kev is less well known than those paying him tribute gives a sense of mystery to the proceedings.
Featuring performances by such musical luminaries as Paul Kelly (close friend and musical collaborator of Kev’s over many years), Tex Perkins, Missy Higgins, Clare Bowditch, the Drones, Dan Kelly, Sara Storer, the Herd, Last Kinection, the Pigram Brothers, Steve Kilbey, Glenn Richards, Dan Sultan and Kev himself, it is a night of startling, transcendent moments , often raw-boned, passionate and emotional, sometimes full of great sadness and heartache, other moments full of laughter and playfulness. It is a night of great hope.
Kev himself joined those on stage, performing with them as they re-arrange and re-interpret this classic material. At different times stands alone, center stage, to share in a very personal way some of his timeless songs and stories.
Released in 2003, ‘Mirrors’ is a continuation of Kev’s evolution as a songwriter, exploring a range of musical styles whilst swinging between the wistful love of his land and the hard-hitting exploration of the politial environment that he is well known for.
Messages, a compilation of songs from Kev’s first four albums, was released in 2000.
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Images and Illusions
Released in 1995
Released in 1993, Kev’s third album has an energetic and richly layered sound, showcasing a wide variety of musical styles. The lyrical themes are even more diverse, from the experience of young urban Aborigines to health-and-environment issues such as asbestosis. The single, Freedom, was written for Nelson Mandela’s first visit to Australia. Here, Carmody connects the themes of freedom, equality and justice, and ties them to the Aboriginal beliefs in a Mother Earth which links ‘the law, the land and human birth’.
Eulogy for a Black Person
Released in 1991
Pillars of Society
1989′s Pillars of Society, was described by Rolling Stone magazine as “the best album ever released by an Aboriginal musician and arguably the best protest album ever made in Australia”.
Pillars of Society
Thou Shalt Not Steal
Comrade Jesus Christ
Black Deaths in Custody
White Bourgeois Woman
One Night the Moon soundtrack
Released in 2001, this award-winning soundtrack features a number of songs written or co-written by Kev.