Dean Friedman 2016 Releases 'Words & Music', 30-track, double-CD compilation album




American recording-artist, Dean Friedman, releases his first compilation album, Words & Music, a double-CD containing 30 handpicked tracks off his last 6 studio albums.  

           Dean Friedman, best known to UK & Ireland audiences for his classic hits, ‘Lucky Stars’, ‘Lydia’, ‘McDonald’s Girl’, ‘Ariel’, and ‘Woman of Mine’, announces the worldwide release of his first compilation album, ‘Words & Music’ / Dean Friedman [Real Life Records] – a double CD containing 30 hand-picked tracks off of Friedman’s last 6 studio albums. The double CD package includes a 24-page lyric booklet. Says Friedman, “‘Words & Music’ represents the songs and recordings that, over the last four decades, I’m most proud of. Although it does contain some familiar radio hits, it’s not a greatest hits compilation, rather, it’s a collection of what I consider to be my finest work. And to my great satisfaction, my loyal listening audience agrees.

‘Words & Music’ – Dean Friedman Soundcloud Album Review Link (Private-NOT-for-Distribution):

            The album release coincides with a 40+ city UK/Ireland concert tour, running 27 May thru 9 October, 2016.

            Simultaneously, Friedman has published a ‘how-to’ book on songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’ [The Artists League] - a funny, informative, thoroughly practical and easy-to-follow course on how to write your own songs. Using examples from well-known songs by top songwriters, as well as his own catalog of international hits, Friedman explains the basic structure of songs and explores the art and practical craft of songwriting in clear, easy to understand language.         

            Friedman’s recent tours continue to garner rave reviews: “Every song in this show is a classic.” (London Theatre Guide), Songsmith Extraordinaire” – (Music Week), “Stunning Musicianship” (HotPress) , “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!” – (ThreeWeeks)… are just a few of the superlatives used to describe his unique and original talent.

In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON,  NBC’s Eerie Indiana and Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade.

            Friedman has faced his share of controversy in recent years: The Merseyside band, Half Man Half Biscuit released a best-selling EP containing a track entitled, ‘The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman’, which went to #1 on the UK Indie chart; a claim which Friedman vehemently denies, ‘I’ve never even met Nigel Blackwell’s mum!’. Friedman extracts his revenge on his recent CD, ‘Submarine Races’, in the song, 'A Baker's Tale', the hitherto untold story of Nigel Blackwell's dubious origins. 

            Though Friedman's single, ‘McDonald's Girl’, was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast food restaurant, the irrepressible pop song has been covered by a number of contemporary bands including top-selling, Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies, and The Blenders, whose version soared to #1 in Norway. With the advent of YouTube, video versions have gone viral and finally, last year, thirty five years after the song was banned by the BBC, the McDonald’s corporation officially licensed the song for a national TV/Radio campaign, confirming the song as a pure pop phenomenon.

            One of Friedman's recent tours was almost cancelled when it was announced that his tour sponsor would distribute packets of cannabis seeds to the first ten people that purchased CD's at each of Friedman's gigs. (click to see Songwriter's Cannabis Controversy).

            Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years - the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith: ‘Words & Music’ – Dean Friedman Soundcloud Album Review Link (Private-NOT-for-Distribution):

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