James recorded enough for three albums with Brian Eno.
Less than half of what they recorded with producer Brian Eno made Laid, the new album James is releasing next week. It was the song Sometimes that initially piqued Eno’s interest. James delivered six hours of rehearsal tapes to Eno. Since he only worked with them for six weeks, they don’t know how much of the material he got through, but he picked the ideas he wanted developed into songs. “Sometimes it would just be 20 seconds,” says the band’s singer and songwriter Tim Booth. “We’d jam around on it a little bit.” From those snippets songs like Skindiving and Dream Thrum grew. Booth estimates they have enough material left over from the sessions with Eno for a double album. They may put some of the songs on disc next year. Eno’s involvement was just what they needed this time according to Booth as they were feeling some pressure to come up with something that would be at least as successful as their last album Seven which sold a million copies worldwide. Eno really got the ideas flowing. James just completed Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD tour and will be returning to America later this fall.