JAKI WHITREN - That will be right

JAKI WHITREN - That will be right

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It is with great honour that Emotional Rescue comes back to the music of Jaki Whitren & John Cartwright for a special 7” of two previously unreleased songs on to vinyl for the first time in That Will Be That and This Time. 

Originally part of the International Times reissue project (ERC004) in 2013, the songs have previously only been available on CD and digital formats as ‘out-takes’. However, all that time the plan was to release the songs as a stand-alone vinyl release at some point. 

Discussion with John continued over the years and the plan was for a release as part of the label’s fifth anniversary, until sadly the project was put on hold due to the untimely loss of both Jaki and John in late 2016. The recent repress of their masterpiece that is their privately pressed album, International Times, led to these songs being revisited for the first time since and so here at last are both available together, as much in homage to these two wonderful musicians. 

More than studio-plus recordings, That Will Be That actually appeared in rerecorded form on the couple’s Rhythm Hymn album of 1983. Here though is the original (and superior) version, with all the hallmarks of classic Whitren and Cartwright song writing craft, musicianship and production skill. Again remastered by their son (and at the time, teenage drummer) Joby Baker, the song drips with a confidence of masters of their instruments, full heartfelt, righteous and as relevant today as then lyrics, all backed with some deep white funk and enough soul to move mountains. 

This is accompanied by one of their greatest compositions in the spine-tingling This Time. Only ever known on this live recording from Glastonbury Hall, Jaki’s vocals and light accompaniment from John’s keys let the song shine. If the sheer power of her voice and words don’t move you, then something is missing in life. A pure, sad, joyous way to thank and remember this wonderful music and people.