Meanwhile, some snippets on two musicians who have worked with Virginia in the past: Ex-Ravishing Beauty Nicky Holland is probably pleasantly surprised at the recent release of The Teardrop Explodes compilation album The Greatest Hit. The album features the song Suffocate – complete with string arrangements and harpsichord by Nicky herself. Known in fan circles as the ‘Baroque version’, this is the first time the song has appeared on CD and is a brilliant juxtaposition between the Teardrops’ pop sensibility and a strings arrangement.
If you’re missing any new albums by Virginia herself, you may want to check out an album by Billy Cowie called La Chanson Bien Douce on the Divas label. The album is a wonderful collection of songs with a French theme featuring two singers called Lucie and Cathryn Robson with a strings and piano backing. The album also features the violin talents of Anne Stephenson – former violinist in Virginia’s live band. We can’t recommend this album highly enough except to say you won’t be disappointed. More details from www.divas.org.uk.