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Corinne Bailey Rae (the A-Side)

Mastertapes, Series 1 Episode 11 of 14

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 04 December 2012

John Wilson continues with his new series in which he talks to leading performers and songwriters about the album that made them or changed them. Recorded in front of a live audience at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Studios. Each edition includes two episodes, with John initially quizzing the artist about the album in question, and then, in the B-side, the audience puts the questions. Both editions feature exclusive live performances.

Programme 6, A-side. "The Sea" - four years after her Number One debut album Grammy award winning Corinne Bailey Rae returns to its follow-up album, released in 2010. An extremely personal album, it explored a range of human emotions from grief and loss to love and joy. In a revealing interview, Corinne describes not just her musical upbringing and influences but also talks movingly about the impact that the death of her husband had on the making of this album. And, together with pianist Steve Brown she performs an exclusive live version of the title track from the album.

Producer: Paul Kobrak.

  • The B-Side

    The audience asks the questions as Corinne Bailey Rae talks about her album The Sea.

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Paul Weller at Maida Vale Studios

Watch and listen to exclusive live performances from the Mastertapes recordings.


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