There was also a one-off 7" on Bob Stanley's Caff label, featuring covers of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark's Genetic Engineering and The Bee Gee's Kilburn Towers. After his fourth Another Sunny Day release, Harvey joined fellow Sarah act The Field Mice as lead-guitarist, keyboardist and occasional vocalist. And then, after The Field Mice split in 1991, Harvey played a similar role in the new 5-piece line-up of another Sarah act, Blueboy. It was also around this time that, for his solo work, he decided to drop not just his trademark guitar sound, in favour of a much more keyboard-based approach, but also the Another Sunny Day moniker. In 1994 the mini-album Rebellion - which Melody Maker refused to review on the grounds that it was only 15 minutes long - became the first work to be released under his own name, and to demonstrate this new musical direction.
Following the demise of Sarah Records, Harvey played briefly with Trembling Blue Stars - live, on record, and on a session they recorded for Mark Radcliffe's Radio 1 show (over the years, he's also done session work for bands as disparate as St.Etienne and Shampoo) - but did not do any more solo recording until the end of 1998, when he went back into the studio to create the mini-album California, released by Shinkansen the following May. The eight songs on California were still essentially keyboard pieces, but now other instruments - cello, clarinet, violin, flute and flugelhorn - made an appearance, and there was even one guitar-led number, Everything's Alright. The album was produced by Ian Catt, and Amelia Fletcher guested on vocals on opening track Cindy's Been And Gone. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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