Long Way To Heaven (Chicago Gospel Mix) - (feat. The Brown Sisters of Chicago)

by Wily Bo Walker

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Single release of the final track from the twin album release 'The Wily Bo Walker Story Volumes I & II' finishing the story on an uplifting note of redemption…

This version is a new gospel recording of 'Long Way To Heaven' and features The Brown Sisters of Chicago and their wonderful gospel voices, Danny Flam's New York Brass, Cenovia Cummins' String Quartet and a stirring sax solo by Ron Bertolet.

Long Way To Heaven has been a staple track in the Wily Bo Walker repertoire for over a decade now - it works as a simple singer/songwriter 'one man and a guitar' version as well as in these huge 'Spector-esque' productions.

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released January 8, 2016

Wily Bo Walker - Lead Vocals

The Brown Sisters of Chicago (featuring):
Adrienne Brown - Vocals
Andrea Brown - Vocals
Vanessa Brown-Dukes - Vocals

Daniel Flam - Trombones & Backing Vocal
Eran Asias - Drums and Percussion
Tom Welsch - Electric Bass
Benjy King - Keyboards
Keith Mack - Guitars
Tony Gorruso, Michael McGovern, Kenny Rampton - Trumpets
Ron Bertolet, Mark Gatz - Saxophones

Sax Solo - Ron Bertolet

The Cenovia Cummins String Quartet:

Cenovia Cummins - Violin
Louise Owen - Violin
Alissa Smith - Viola
Laura Bontrager - Cello


Produced by Wily Bo Walker


Mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios, London

Arranged by Danny Flam

Engineering: Roger Heiss, Daniel Flam, Blue Tha Engineer, Wily Bo Walker

Recorded at:

Tone Zone Studios, Chicago
Brown Sugar Studios, New York
Newyorkbrass.com Studios, West Hempstead, NY
Wily Bo Studios, London, UK

Wily Bo Walker photo courtesy of John Bull at Rockrpix rockrpix.com

The Brown Sisters photo courtesy Erin Nekervis

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Wily Bo Walker London, UK

Wily Bo Walker is a Scottish artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering 'live' performances.

'The Wily Bo Walker Story' is a twin album release (Jan 2016) comprising his trilogy of albums from 2015:
('Moon Over Indigo', 'Stone Cold Beautiful' & 'A Long Way From Heaven') plus 8 bonus tracks!

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Track Name: Long Way To Heaven (Chicago Gospel Mix) - (feat. The Brown Sisters of Chicago)
THIS IS THE STORY OF JOHNNY AND LOUISE
DOWN ON KENNEDY BOULEVARD
COULD BE THE STORY OF YOU AND ME
LOSING TRACK OF WHO WE BOTH ARE
SOME HOLD ON TO DREAMS
SOME HOLD ON TO THE FEAR
THAT THEY’RE JUST GROWING OLD…
LOUISE TURNS TO JOHNNY
PUTS HER HAND INTO HIS
WITH A SMILE THAT ONLY HE KNOWS

SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN
SUCH A LONG WAY HOME

JOHNNY SAYS “LOUISE, I DON’T KNOW
HOW FAR WE’VE COME DOWN THIS ROAD
THIS TOWN DON’T HOLD THE SAME FASCINATION
I DON’T KNOW WHICH WAY WE SHOULD GO”
HE LOOKS ACROSS
TO THE SUN SINKING DOWN
IN THE SHIMMERING, SHIMMERING GOLD
‘I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY CALL A PLACE YOU CAN’T RETURN FROM…
LORD…
I DON’T WANT TO KNOW’

SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN
SUCH A LONG WAY HOME

TIRED AND ALONE
AND A LONG WAY FROM HOME
JOHNNY AND SWEET, SWEET LOUISE…
PULLED THEIR HOPES
OUT OF THE OCEAN
HAND IN HAND IN THE SWEET SUMMER BREEZE

SUCH A LONG WAY TO HEAVEN
SUCH A LONG WAY HOME

WHEN YOU’RE DOWN UPON YOUR LUCK
YOU’RE LUCKY TO HAVE SOMEONE YOU CAN HOLD
SUCH A LONG WAY FROM HEAVEN
SUCH A LONG WAY FROM HOME…

© 2012 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.