John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special play songs from the 1987 album Always The Bridegroom. The album is being reissued in deluxe edition with a bonus live disc. Richard Burgman will be subbing for Murray Cook on lead guitar. And Alannah Russack is the guest support doing a solo opening set.
Sydney musician John Kennedy was enjoying a successful independent career in Australia in the 1980’s before the release of his band’s Always The Bridegroom LP in 1987. John Kennedy’s Love Gone Wrong broke up in mid 1988 as a result, in part, of the mixed responses the album received.
In the essay that accompanies the Deluxe Edition CD release, Kennedy claims it was the album that killed his career. For years he ignored any suggestions that the album be re-released on CD. Now nearly 35 years later, he has taken the opportunity to re-assess the record.
On listening to the remastered versions of these songs, Kennedy states that he can now “hear the care and the craft that went into them. Under the pale skin of the production, I hear the beating hearts of the songs…They are an important part of my back catalogue – part of my story – part of my legacy.”