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Be Bop Deluxe


Crossover Prog

3.83 | 87 ratings

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4 stars Be Bop Deluxe - one of the most overlooked bands, perhaps overshadowed by Queen, but in my view BBD produced more great material that their more famous counterparts.

After the guitar-fest of Futurama, Sunburst Finish introduces a more song oriented approach, although there is much here for the prog fan to enjoy,

Fair Exchange kicks things off in fine style. Quirky lyrics and frenetic playing. 7/10

Heavenly Homes. Slow paced with superb guitar breaks. One of their best. 10/10

Ships In The Night. What's all the fuss. A below par pop song, not representative of the band. 2/10.

Crying To The Sky - Another slow one with two enormous guitar solos. I actually conned a DJ to play this at a disco in the 70s - my proudest adolescent moment. 10/10

Sleep That Burns - Similar to Fair Exchange in many ways, complex and involving. 9/10.

The previous review did not rate 'side 2' - beg to differ.

Beauty Secrets - Semi acoustic style, 7/10.

Life In The Air-Age - A typical BBD song. "It's grim enough to make a roboy cry" - brilliant. 8/10

Like An Old Blues - next! 1/10

Crystal Gazing - Semi orchestral, beautiful melody and heartfelt lyrics. 9/10

Blazing Apostles - I guess the 2nd most well known song on this album. Does not work for me though. Predicatable and weak. Well plated though. 3/10

Bonus tracks:

Shine - Instrumental, one dimensional. The kind of thing they might have used to warm up. 2/10.

Speed Of The Wind - Wow, what a great quality extra this is! Sublime. 9/10

Blue As A Jewel - Wow again! This has a lovely sustained guitar that weaves in and out.

Well to sum up, 6 great tracks and 3 others not far behind. A very deserved 4 stars.

gingernut | 4/5 |


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