Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)
Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)

Jamie Cullum - Pointless Nostalgic (2LP, Pure Pleasure)

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Jamie Cullum (Piano and Vocals), Martin Shaw (Trumpet), Martin Gladdish (Trombone),  Matt Wates (Alto Saxophone), Ben Castle (Tenor Saxophone), Dave 0' Higgins (Tenor Saxophone), Geoff Gascoyne (Bass), Sebastiaan de Krom (Drums).

Written by Arthur Schwartz (A1), Howard Dietz (A1), Ira Gershwin (A2), Vernon Duke (A2), Harry Warren (A3), Johnny Burke (A3), James Cavanaugh (A4), Larry Stock (A4), Russ Morgan (A4), Ben Cullum (B1), Jamie Cullum (B1, D3), Bob Hilliard (B2), David Mann (B2), Thelonious Monk (B3), George & Ira Gershwin (C1), Colin Greenwood (C2), Ed O'Brien (C2), Johnny Greenwood (C2), Phil Selway (C2), Thom Yorke (C2), George David Weiss (C3), Jerry Bock (C3), Larry Holofcenor (C3), Johnny Mandel (D1), Paul F. Webster (D1), Dave Frishberg (D2)

Arrranged by Jamie Cullum (A1, A4, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, D1, D3), Ben Cullum (B1), Julian Jackson (B2, B3), Ben Castle (B3), Marty Paich (C3), Geoff Gascoyne (A3, C3, D2)


2 LPs, gatefold jacket

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Candid

Recorded & mixed and mastered in 2002 by Derek Nash at Clowns Pocket Studios. Except B1 & C2 recorded and mixed by Mark Chamberlain at Livingstone Studios, in 2002.

Produced by Jamie Cullum and Geoff Gascoyne

Co-produced by Derek Nash, Alan Bates & Marc Connor

Originally released in 2002

Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering

Reissued in 2011

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. You And The Night And The Music
  2. 2. I Can’t Get Started
  3. Devil May Care
  4. You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You

Side B :

  1. Pointless Nostalgic
  2. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
  3. Well You Needn’t

Side C :

  1. It Ain’t Necessarily So
  2. High And Dry
  3. Too Close For Comfort

Side D :

  1. A Time For Love
  2. Lookin’ Good
  3. I Want To Be A Popstar


« With a few hard-to-find releases under his belt, Pointless Nostalgic marks the more widespread debut of piano-pounding British crooner Jamie Cullum. Barely in his twenties, Cullum has a wise old rasp that usually takes decades of chain-smoking to acquire. Cullum's move to mix jazz standards, American songbook classics, and contemporary popular music was a risky one that could easily isolate fans of each genre. However, Cullum managed to find a unifying thread in all of the styles, tying them together in a manner that seemed like the natural culmination of a diverse record collection. Jazz plays heaviest in the mix, but Cullum's version of it is lively and roguish. A rock & roll spirit among erstwhile snobs, he brings blue jeans to the beret set. The only real downfall of the album is that the music is often outmatched by Cullum's pipes to the point of distraction. The blaring horns are too often off-key and grating, detracting from an otherwise well-performed album. Highlights come courtesy of Cullum's diverse and well-chosen array of cover songs. While so many Harry Connick, Jr. wannabes stick to the standards and limply mimic moves lifted from Frank Sinatra's catalog, Cullum hops from Radiohead to Thelonious Monk with equal verve and accomplishment. Closing number "I Want to Be a Popstar" is a playful rumination on the advantages of being a pop star rather than a jazz key pounder. The mischievous romp exemplifies the lighthearted approach that has become Cullum's calling card, endearing him to jazzophiles and screaming young girls alike. Cullum's popularity subsequently skyrocketed with 2004's Twentysomething, which exhibited a fuller grasp of his vocal strength and featured a strong backing band to match. On that album, his increasingly scratchy croon wrings every sultry note out of Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should Have Come Over," and he puts a sly dance club spin on "I Could Have Danced All Night." Even with the expert selection of covers, however, it's his own cheeky nod to the restlessness of youth, "Twentysomething," that steals the show. » AllMusic Review by Karen E. Graves


AllMusic : 4 / 5  , Discogs : 4.71 / 5

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