Meet The Misses, Lisa Miller's seventh solo album, is out now. It reprises her own songs from the long-unavailable first two albums - Quiet Girl With A Credit Card from 1996 and As Far As a Life Goes from 1999.
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Despite her best efforts Lisa has never been able to acquire the rights to those recordings and so they have languished in the vaults. The new album is not an attempt to recreate the old albums but rather to find a new way of looking at these songs. They were approached almost as if this were another of Lisa's Car Tape covers albums, except this time all the songs happen to be written by Lisa herself. This new record is not intended to 'replace' the original ones, but rather to exist in its own right as an album of great Australian songs.
"I hesitated to make this record for a long time. I didn't imagine anyone but me would see the point in just re-recording these albums again. But these songs represent an important chunk of my creative life, and I felt there was always going to be this blip or empty spot. I got tired of being angry and wanting to explain this frustration, this old nagging elephant in the corner. So instead I had a good look at these songs, played around with them and kept the ones that still felt real or right or just worked. And when the recording was finished, I realised that the old elephant had left the building, and I wasn't angry anymore.
"This is a recording that I had to make. It's not meant to change anyone else's life but mine."
As with all her albums since Car Tape in 2002, Lisa Miller recorded and co-produced Meet The Misses with Shane O'Mara (Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers, Stephen Cummings, Audreys) at Yikesville Studios in Melbourne. Once again, recording and mixing took place over an extended period spanning from 2010 to 2012. Possibly her most stripped-back album to date - mostly just Lisa's vocals and guitar, Shane's guitars and effects, with occasional double bass by Howard Cairns and percussion by Ashley Davies and Peter Jones.
This album will appeal as much to new listeners and those who discovered Lisa Miller through her more recent albums, as it will to those who remember when these songs were new.