Live, Rare Tracks Fill O'Connor Swan Song
In waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, Sinéad O'Connor will leave her mark with "She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty." Due SeIn waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, Sinéad O'Connor will leave her mark with "She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty." Due Sept. 9 from Vanguard, the lengthily titled set boasts one disc made up of rare and previously unreleased studio material and a few new songs, and a second with a concert performance captured in late 2002 in Dublin.
Disc one will feature 19 tracks, including three covers produced by Brian Eno (U2, David Bowie). He was behind the boards for O'Connor's take on a version of the Chips Moman/Dan Penn song "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" (made popular by Aretha Franklin) and Boudleaux Bryant's "Love Hurts." Other covers include ABBA's "Chiquitita" and the B-52' s "Ain't It a Shame."
Proceeds from the track "A Hundred Thousand Angels," a cover of a song by the new age act Bliss, will be donated to the charity Barnardos in conjunction with Ireland's Department of Health and Children's Health Promotion Unit.
Among the previously unreleased cuts is a collaboration with Massive Attack on the song "It's All Good," by Irish folk artist Damien Dempsey and Asian Dub Foundation on the cut "1000 Mirrors." O'Connor also teams up with reggae artist Skip "Little Axe" McDonald on "My Love I Bring." That track was included on the 2002 On U Sound compilation "Chainstore Massacre."
The second disc was recorded at the Dublin venue Vicar Street on Oct. 26. The set touched on all aspects of O'Connor's career, from the well-known "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart" to "Óro Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile" from last year's Vanguard album of traditional Irish music, "Sean-Nós Nua."
"Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience," a concert and documentary DVD due Aug. 26 via Eagle Vision, will include the same track list as the live disc.
In a message posted in spring on her official Web site, O'Connor claimed she had set at timetable to walk away from her career in music and her celebrity. "I would request that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a 'famous' person, and instead I wish to live a 'normal' life, could people please afford me my privacy," she said.
As previously reported, O'Connor's version of "Dagger Through the Heart" will be featured on the Sugar Hill Records tribute "Just Because I'm a Woman, Songs of Dolly Parton," due in October.
Here is the full "She Who Dwells..." track list:
"Regina Caeli" (traditional)
"O Filii et Filiae" (traditional)
"My Love I Bring"
"Do Right Woman"
"Ain't It a Shame"
"It's All Good"
"Love is Ours"
"A Hundred Thousand Angels"
"You Put Your Arms Around Me"
"No Matter How Hard I Try"
"Dense Water, Deeper Down"
"This Is a Rebel Song"
"A Big Bunch of Junkie Lies"
"Song of Jerusalem"
""Óro Sé do Bheatha 'Bhaile"
"The Singing Bird"
"My Lagan Love"
"I Am Stretched on Your Grave"
"Nothing Compares 2 U"
"John I Love You"
"The Moorlough Shore"
"You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart"
"Thank You for Hearing Me"
"Fire on Babylon"
"The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"