Hooray! for Happiness

by The Last Dinosaur

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"An album that's warm, engrossing and impressively original" - Uncut Magazine

"When the Beatles recorded Sgt Pepper they used a four track recorder and still decided A Day in the Life was doable; there’s a lot to be said for creativity through limitation. The Last Dinosaur take this idiom and run with it by creating one of most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year." - Mathew Parri Thomas

The Last Dinosaur is Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden.

This album was recorded on and off between December 2007 and March 2009.

No computers were used in the recording of this music.

All songs were recorded at home (Essex) on a multi-track recorder, usually late at night and often written as we recorded.
All songs were limited to 16-tracks, so to save tracks drums were recorded with two microphones (one in the bassdrum, one overhead) and a looping pedal was used in instances where harmonising parts were needed with a lack of tracks.

A lot of parts in these songs were first take improvisations (for instance, the guitar solo in The Record Player, all the piano in Gusts Of Wind.., the piano flourishes in Home and I Found My Voice, the viola in The Song Playing.., most of the sax parts throughout the album and more).

This music is by no means perfect. It's raw, unplanned, home recorded, music with background noise, off-notes, hiss and mistakes recorded by humans.

These songs were mastered by John Golden @ Golden Mastering (Sonic Youth, Rachel's, My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart etc)

See a video for each song on the album: vimeo.com/thelastdinosaur

credits

released April 21, 2010

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Jamie Cameron - Voice, piano, acoustic, electric, bass, drums, keyboards, banjo, saxophone, violin, glockenspiel, percussion, breathing, super-8.

Luke Hayden - Piano, acoustic, keyboards, percussion, breathing.

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Jamie Slade - Sax (Tracks 1, 3, 7, 9 & 11)
Rachel Lanskey - Viola (Tracks 2, 6, 10 & 12) & Violin (Track 8)
Jenny Hall - Vocals (Tracks 3, 10 & 11)
Ben Bennett - Vocals (Tracks 3 & 11)
Siobhan Cameron - Vocals (Track 3)
Alex Cameron - Shouts (Track 1)
Kirsty Cameron - Shouts (Track 1) & Sax (Track 11)

All lyrics J. Cameron
Beautiful front cover by Jesse Rene Garcia Reyes (myspace.com/papajesse)

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Track Name: Fool
I'm a fool for you.
Track Name: I Found My Voice
I was awake
I was awake
Through the whole thing
Through the whole thing
I couldn't speak
I couldn't speak
About what took place
About what took place

I found my voice

I was awake
I was awake
Through the whole thing
Through the whole thing
I couldn't speak
I couldn't speak
Send me to sleep
Send me to sleep

I found my voice
Track Name: Home
this house will always be home to me
regardless of where I lay my feet
it's home

a thought, a dream, in a memory
a mum, a dad, a family
i'm done wishing for things that I can't see
and caring for people who don't care for me

time, it's time, it's time for me now
time, it's time, it's time for me
to go home

this journey that life has taken me
is miles from where i'm supposed to be
i'm done wishing for things that I can't see
'cause i'll never be able to go back in..

time, there's time, there's time for me now
time, there's time, there's time for me
time, it's time, it's time for me now
time, it's time, it's time for me
to go home
Track Name: Be That Boy
..and you can't see
I don't deserve
such liberties
you're there for me
and I know
just what you need
but I can't
be that boy
to you

with a battered heart
this love was fucked
from the start
it won't be easy
but I know
what this heart needs
I hope you will
be that girl
to me

one day i'll
be that boy
for you
Track Name: Maps
Lillie,
please forgive me
all these maps that I have drawn
lead right to your door

Happiness
is more than just a summer's dress
you won't find it by moving south
it's your mouth
on my mouth

Lillie,
I feel you with me
wherever in the world you go
I know you'll sleep
in my clothes

I found the door
to what it is i'm living for
and every single map I draw
leads to you.
Track Name: The Record Player
I live on a string
a superficial thing
a song I love to sing

the needle runs it's course
returns to the source
it goes on and on

and you never knew
what I meant to you
and you'll never know
a love so pure

the needle runs it's course
returns to the source
it goes on and on

and you never knew
what I meant to you
and you'll never know
a love so true
and you never knew
what this meant to you
and you'll never know
a love like this.