No Reason to Cry: Songs by Grant McLennan

by Allister Thompson

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Finding You 04:10
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Lamp by Lamp 04:29
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Black Mule 03:58
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Right Here 04:03
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Quiet Heart 04:42
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Providence 04:02

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This album contains 11 new arrangements of songs written or co-written by the late Australian singer-songwriter Grant McLennan (1958-2006). They cover all periods of his career, from his time with the Go-Betweens, partnered with Robert Forster, to his solo career, to his Jack Frost project with The Church's Steve Kilbey.

One day I decided to record a cover version of a song by McLennan, since he is a huge influence on me and has been since around 1990. Since our voices are not dissimilar, it came easily to me, and things just snowballed from there into an album. I have never enjoyed a recording experience more than putting my own spin on these classic songs by a great talent.

McLennan made the profound seem very normal, laying bare the joys and sorrows of the human condition in such a matter-of-fact way that sometimes you don’t even appreciate the impact one of his songs has on you right away. Only after repeat listening do you realize how much truth lies therein.

[NOTES: Please see individual song pages for publishing info. These songs have been licensed and licenses will be renewed if needed.

This recording is not endorsed by The Go-Betweens or McLennan's estate; it's entirely the effort of one admirer.

I would like to thank Grant, Robert Forster, Lindy Morrison, Amanda Brown, Robert Vickers, Steve Kilbey, and all the other musicians and producers involved with making the original music that has so inspired me.]

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released February 20, 2020

Cover portrait of Grant McLennan by Samantha Thompson
Everything played and sung by Allister Thompson
Additional vocals on "Right Here": Teri-Lynn Janveau, Greg Janveau
Additional acoustic guitar on "Right Here": Greg Janveau

VIDEO for "Dusty in Here": www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6q7D73SH18
VIDEO for "Horsebreaker Star" www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok87RYxiqo0
VIDEO for ‘Cattle and Cane’ m.youtube.com/watch?v=2QuwguDvh3A

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This is the place to find the psychedelic, progressive, ambient, and folk/rock music of Allister Thompson released under his own name and as The Gateless Gate and Khan Tengri.
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