Amores Pasados – Lute Songs and Transcriptions by Lope de Vega, John Paul Jones, Bécquier, Fletcher, Warlock, Campion, Picforth, Tony Banks, Moeran and Sting

Reviewed on Fri 28 Aug, 2015

For anyone unacquainted with the eclectic solo career of ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones it might come as a surprise to hear his “Amores Pasados”, gorgeous contemporary lute songs set to Spanish texts. Thanks to the sonorous combination of lute and voice, everything here inhabits a common sound world.

For anyone unacquainted with the eclectic solo career of ex-Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones it might come as a surprise to hear his “Amores Pasados”, gorgeous contemporary lute songs set to Spanish texts. And anyone who hasn’t followed ex-Genesis keyboard player Tony Banks’s forays into classical music might also wonder at his setting verses by Thomas Campion. The few remaining stick-in-the-muds who didn’t catch Sting’s Dowland album will be equally astonished to hear his Robin Hood-inspired “Bury me deep in the greenwood”. All on an album next to works by Campion himself, as well as transcriptions of Moeran and Warlock songs. But thanks to the sonorous combination of lute and voice, everything here inhabits a common sound world. Principal singer John Potter writes of bridging “the gap between art song and pop song”, a curious distinction doubtless unknown to Campion or Dowland and one that this fascinating album delightfully transcends.
–Mark Walker