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3.09 | 3 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One
1. Running Down Deep
2. I Must See Jesus for Myself
3. Paper Leaves
4. Old Man
5. Deborah
6. Street Songs
-- From the album "HELP YOURSELF"
7. Strange Affair
8. Brown Lady
9. Heaven Row
10. The All Electric Fur Trapper
11. Deanna Call and Scotty
12. Many Ways of Meeting
-- From the album "STRANGE AFFAIR"
13. Alabama Lady
14. Reaffirmation
15. Passing Through
-- From the album "BEWARE THE SHADOW"

Disc Two
1. She's My Girl
2. American Mother
-- From the album "BEWARE THE SHADOW"
3. Mommy Won't Be Home for Christmas
4. Johnny B. Goode
-- A & B Sides of Single
5. Candy Kane
6. Who Killed Paradise?
7. It Has to Be
8. Man, We're Glad to Know You
9. Blown Away
-- From the album "THE RETURN OF KEN WHALEY"
10. Virginia
11. I've Got Beautiful You
-- From the album "HAPPY DAYS"
12. Eddie Waring (Live)
-- With Deke Leonard and B.J. Cole, from the album "CHRISTMAS AT THE PATTI"

Line-up / Musicians

- Malcolm Morley / guitar, vocals
- Richard Treece / guitar, vocals
- Dave Charles / drums, vocals
- Paul Burton / bass, guitar
- Ken Whaley / bass

Releases information

Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 22459.

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Review by oliverstoned
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars 3,5 stars really!

At the time I'm writing these lines, this compilation is the first record I discover from the band. It's a mixed bag, to say the least. I was very sceptical at first listening cause hardly half of this compilation is worth. But what an half! This English band shows varied influences without sounding as a copycat. The influences range from the USA west coast: "Running down deep" is an excellent tune reminiscent of QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, "Old man", as the title suggests, reminds of NEIL YOUNG's HARVEST period and also a tad of FAITPORT CONVENTION UNHALFBRICKING for the delicate guitar parts, a delight! "Street songs", another solid number, may remind of the ALLMAN BROTHERS. "Brown lady" is a nice acoustic piece in the CROSBY STILLS & NASH vein.

"The all electric fur trapper" begins as a heavy psyche-rock until a floaty, spacey "hawaian Gilmourian" guitar part show the influence of PINK FLOYD's MEDDLE.

"Reaffirmation", a long tune, has some similarities with CARAVAN IN THE LAND period. There's not much to save from the second disc of this compilation, only "It has to be" hold its own, another spacey piece somewhat reminiscent of PINK FLOYD. The rest of the compilation is made of dubious tunes, some are awful, far from progressive musical territories. Indeed, the band was hesitating between several musical directions, including "pub rock" (!).

This CD release sounds good and well balanced. Only 3.5 stars for the whole, but it's a easy 4 stars if you only keep the good ones.

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