fredag 31 mars 2017

SCAFFOLD/FRESH LIVER ILPS 9234 (-73) UK

For band background check post on their previous "L the P" album. This follow-up, released four years later, has about the same disposition. One so called "Song Side" with more or less regular song numbers in a kind of rocking vaudeville style and one "Words & Music Side" containing poetry or just quirky speech mixed with light instrumental parts. I've seen it branded as "comedy rock", which fits if you're into that kind of very odd British humor. I first bought it for the guest list - including names as Ollie Halsall (Patto, Tempest, Timebox), Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay), Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog, Grimms, Rutles) and Zoot Money. But apart from Halsall doing some good guitars in the two rock numbers "Devon's Dead" and "Nuclear Band" the guests remain rather anonymous. In a way adjacent to Bonzo Dog and Monthy Python though a lot less obvious craving more attention. So special it's impossible to value against anything else and therefore in a way beyond good or bad. Not an album I play a lot, but it is a keeper and I'm glad it's there. Also originally issued on Island in Spain (86968-I) and Australia (IL 34932). Japan 2009 CD on Island (UICY 94110). Premiere UK had label as shown here and thick, fully laminated fold/out cover.

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