History Book (Part 2) info and reviews 


History Book (Part 2) 2020 Richard III Records catalogue number R


CD Release date March 2020.

As to the Legendary Ten Seconds album, well it really is fascinating stuff, and a bit unique. I think you have managed superb sound separation, and have been able to bring the vocals to the fore when needed, and then certain instruments. Very good mastering and production!!

Some of the themes remind me a little of Genesis who often wrote semi-historic lyrics. These lyrics though are truly historic. I wondered even if schools might be interested in accessing copies for their history curriculum.

On track 1 I liked your opening and I'm glad the bouzouki is still proving to be playable. The vocals are strong too.

 On track 2 is there a Hammond in the background? Sounds good. Interesting lyrics on this track.

 On track 3 I think it is very clever how you have brought the vocals right up to the front. There are loads of historical references in this song.

For track 4 I think the choral sound is quite brilliant. The story is pretty fascinating too. 

With track 5 the intro is lovely and the whole track really brings the battle of Bosworth to life, it kind of paints a picture of the fight. 

Track 6 gives us the real background to 1588, quite tragic really even though the Armada was defeated.....albeit mainly because of the weather!!

 I guess you open track 7 too, and are you playing a mando in the background? There are some great harmonies and lyrics on this track. 

On track 8 I must say the references to the Civil War make me think of Brexit, our very own recent civil war!! ('At a terrible cost' as the lyrics say).

Track 9 is really interesting. A great intro, and excellent lyrics. 'The reason for fighting is not understood', it's not surprising as the Spanish succession was a complicated thing, all tied in with Catholicism and the break with the pope etc. 

Track 10 brings back a few memories. Libby an I like canals, and have had several breaks on the Kennet and Avon for example. All good stuff. The track is so full of history, and you bring out the instrumentation really well.  

With track 11 I was interested in the sound effects, how did you get hold of them? Libby and I saw the film '1917' before the virus appeared and this track brought quite a lot back. 

Finally, with track 12 there is another leap into more modern times. I reckon a whole new album could be created around tracks 11 and 12. Just a thought.

Anyhow Phil, thanks for sending this to me. I think you have created a superb 'soundscape' Excellent stuff.

So, enough of my ramblings, do stay safe all of you.

Shaun Newman (Guitar maker) :http://shaunnewmanguitars.co.uk/


History Book Part Two, March 2020.


  1. Song of a metal detectorist - About Ashley Mantle's favourite hobby.
  2. A rare romance - Roger Mortimer escapes from the Tower of London and flees to France.
  3. Cade's rebellion - The rebellion of 1450. 
  4. De Cobham - Song for the De Cobham household Wars of the Roses reenactment group.
  5. Ricardian dream – Alternative history in which Richard III defeats Henry Tudor in battle.
  6. Charles Howard's English fleet - The English fleet after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. 
  7. The Mayflower sets sail - The Pilgrim Fathers leave Plymouth in the Mayflower.
  8. Gallants Bower - Song about the Civil War fort on the hill above Dartmouth castle.
  9. The Blenheim song - The Franco-Bavarian army is defeated in battle in August1704.
  10. James Templer's legacy - Song about the Stover canal which was opened in 1792.
  11. Sitting in a trench - Song about the First World War.
  12. Wait until the harvests in – The Munich treaty peace talks are in vain.

Recorded in Torbay at Rock Lee, Rainbow Starshine and Otherworld studios from 2013 to 2019 Produced by Lord Z


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