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Beggars Opera

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Beggars Opera Beggars Can't Be Choosers album cover
2.46 | 29 ratings | 1 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I'm A Roadie (4:40)
2. Beggars Can't Be Choosers (2:55)
3. Hungry Man (3:40)
4. You're Not Welcome (3:30)
5. Young Blood Man (2:50)
6. Union Card (2:30)
7. We Must Love (3:45)
8. Keep Climbing (2:50)
9. Bar Room Pearl (3:50)
10. Death (9:35)

Total time 40:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Pete Scott / lead & harmony vocals
- Ricky Gardiner / guitars, bass, harmony vocals, composer, arranger & producer
- Virginia Scott (Gardiner)/ piano, synth, Hammond, harmony vocals
- Clem Cattini / drums

Releases information

LP Jupiter Records ‎- 27 702 OT (1975, Germany)

CD Repertoire Records ‎- REPUK 1109 (2007, UK)

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BEGGARS OPERA Beggars Can't Be Choosers ratings distribution

(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (38%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by Tom Ozric
2 stars Scottish band Beggar's Opera started out as an organ based proto-prog unit, sounding similar to ELP or The Nice, thanks to Alan Park's Hammond histrionics. Their first 3 albums are all highly recommended, but something happened and the direction of the band changed radically, for the worse unfortunately, in terms of progressive music anyway. What the band (now consisting of Clem Cattini - drums, Pete Scott - vocals, Ricky Gardiner - guitars/bass and Virginia Gardiner (once Scott, she married Ricky, I guess) - piano, moog & organ) is giving us here is a set of poppy, almost bar-room-like ditties with simplistic arrangements and quirky lyrics. The opening track 'I'm A Roadie' is actually a killer hard edged track with cool lyrics and some great synthesiser playing but at the other end of the scale, the track 'Death' clocks in at 9:35 and I had faith - sadly, it's a folky ramble with a dull progression that doesn't change at all during it's entire length. Filler, perhaps ?? There is very little to recommend this album ; it's quite a rare item on the obscure 'Jupiter Records' label, and I was lucky (or was it unlucky ??) to have come across a mint copy for $12. Definitely one for collectors/fans.

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