John Bottomley | Library of the Sun

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Library of the Sun

by John Bottomley

Oh well its got loud noisy stuff and its got quiet stuff.My first solo recording after doing 150 backwood bars.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Barkeeper
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2. Bones
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3. She Lay Down by the Water
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4. Corridor1
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5. In Solitude
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6. Days in the City
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7. Corridor2
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8. Library of the Sun
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9. Druids Map
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10. Little Red Wagon
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11. Nightfishing
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Album Notes
Enter through the red door
there are two corridors and nine doors
each room has one song
stay in a room until each song finishes....

Coming out of a band called Tulpa which is a Buddist term for an Imaginary friend given to you at birth.The band was together for 10 years and did 2 recordings in the 1980's.
Mosaic Fish and Live at CBGB's in New York.

I left the band and drove through the Southern States and
all the way across Canada.I did about 150 gigs playing in all sorts of Backwood bars and also major cities like New York.
I slept mostly in the back of my car,and on friends couches.
This is the recording that set me on a journey i am still on 13 years later.Its very different being a solo artist than playing in a band.Its a different journey..

This recording became my first and only number 1 record. IT became the number 1 record for the whole year 1990 at the college station in Ottawa.

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wet sounds

dream like soundscapes mixed with wimsical lyrics...
WOW!!!!! It's been a while since an artist has presented something so honest ,intimate and revealing. This CD is full of deam like soundscapes beautifully produced and written.If you like Bob Dylan, you will love John Bottomley.


Great album - long time favourite!
i originally bought this album back in 1990 when it was first released on vinyl. I'd still have it if I had managed to hold onto my record player during my various apartment moves so I'm over-joyed to find it here in MP3 format. This will find it's new home on my iPod!!

Howard Druckman/Metropolis Magazine/May 24 1990

At a time when most local indie bands are trying to increase their sign-ability by mining whatever cliche will work, It's incouraging to have John Bottomley on the scene. Bottomley's new album and solo debut, Library of the Sun is one of the most distinctive local Lp's of the season. "She lay down by the Water" and "Day's in the City" are like impressionistic paintings, capturing those moments when the eternal reveals itself in the commonplace.

The Calgary Herald/James Muretich/april 21/1991

Mojo crapshootin' barstool damage. When a singer/songwriter's debut disk contains a line like that to describe a night of imbibing, you know he's got promise. Plenty of it. Now there's no hype machine grinding out lies about his recently released Library of the Sun. Instead, there's just an album that has slipped quietly into record stores.
No maybe about it. Bottomley's got something. Despite the accasional weirdness (wish there was more of it)
and wigged-out electric guitar riffs, his songs are easy to listen to while also being eccentric lyrically (i.e. not baby, baby, yeh, yeh, yeh)
Most of all, they're real. Written by a guy who slept on nightclub floors and back seats of cars when he couldn't afford a hotel room while touring.
As Bottomley sings in Barkeeper (pour me a drink).
he's just " a skinny haunted singer." True. But i like his

The Toronto Star

" intriguing blend of folkie singer-songwriter sensitivity and punky sneer."

The Calgary Sun/Dave Veitch/april 19 1991

Bottomley's debut solo album, Library of the Sun, was one of the strongest Canadian disks of last year. It's acoustic-based music derives power from it's simplicity and immediacy; it's lyrics are vivid, theatrical dark and dramatic, often attaining the poeticism they strive for. He does after all cite poets Emily Dickinson and John Keats as influences.

Inside Tracks Mag/ Bruce Lam/ Sept 1990

" Library of the Sun" is an album shining with spirit and hope. It is a tide of feelings, a contrast of shadow and sun, through the spookiness of voodoo and the dabbling into magic and mysticism.