söndag 27 mars 2016


An LP I liked from first spin. Not unconditionally, but with the same kind of feelings you have for a friend who always seems to be off path yet in some way stays beautiful. Album background story not uncommon - talented and free-spirited Americans who couldn't make success on home soil moving to England and getting a new start, supported by an ad-hoc domestic band and experienced UK studio personel (in this case Muff Winwood and Bill Price). The result gets me every time I listen - intelligent and funny lyrics sung with very high pitched voices, carried by simple yet adventurous melodies with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Impudent and embracing at the same time and as such one of a kind. Split impression enhanced by the "naughty geisha" front sleeve and the brothers looking like a girl in men's clothing besides a gay Hitler on the rear and inner. A package confusing in more than one way. Favorite tracks - "In My Family", "Talent Is An Asset" and "Amateur Hour". Issued and reissued on vinyl, cassette, 8-track and CD through the years, some with bonus tracks. First US on Island (ILPS 9272). Premiere UK had label as shown here, fully laminated cover and stiff lyric/picture/credit inner.

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