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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Jane & Barton - It’s A Fine Day

posted by on January 23 at 12:09 PM


Musik Kontrapunkt Kontrol, out of Reykjavik, an amazing blog that mostly focuses on italo-disco, recently posted this amazing discovery.

It’s the rare original version of the Rave classic, “It’s A Fine Day” which was made famous by Opus III feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw. Edward Barton was a poet and folk song writer who joined with his girl, Jane, and put out an album of all accapella folk songs in 1983.

Edward Barton would go on to become so regarded in the rave community that there is a full cover album of their work with artists like 808 State, Inspiral Carpets and A Guy Called Gerald.

It’s stunning. Go check it out!

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very nice - thank you.

i would like to point out, even though it's obvious to people knowledgeable about early 90's rave tunes, the opus iii version of 'it's a fine day' is the sample source for 'halcyon' by orbital (which is still a gigantic anthem for me, i dropped way too much money on an original copy of 'radiccio' last year).

Posted by cosby | January 23, 2008 12:19 PM


ditto, cosby. "halcyon" is one of my all-time favorite tracks. thanks, terry!

Posted by brandon | January 23, 2008 4:30 PM

wait, i'm confused. did someone named kirsty hawkshaw re-record the vocal for opus III? or did they use this vocal, and that name is just some sort of copyright infringment cover-up? because this a capella is unquestionably the source for "halcyon," and that is credited to kirsty hawkshaw / opus III. weird-O.

Posted by brandon | January 23, 2008 5:25 PM

kirsty hawkshaw and opus iii covered the original and the opus iii version was sampled by orbital. i don't know if the sample was cleared or not, i would assume not due to when it was released.

an old friend of mine has been working with kirsty hawkshaw on new material and her voice is as stunning as ever.

Posted by cosby | January 24, 2008 9:32 AM

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