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Dinner At The Ritz

City Boy Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Renaissance Records
  • ASIN: B001BJ65J4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Walk On The Water
3. Narcissus
4. Dinner At The Ritz
5. Goodbye Blue Monday
6. The Violin
7. State Secrets - A Thriller

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every home should have one! 19 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
City Boys 2nd album D.A.T.R. released 1976 and overlooked in general by the press and the buying public. you want rock, inventive new before their time music ? you get it by the truck load. Harmonies, detail, production second to none, storming guitars ( not on all tracks ) and even strings on the `violin song` a brilliant under appreciated opus bar none.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars at last! 20 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
So glad to see this has had a rerelease at last (thanks Renaissance!) - one of those classic albums that didn't sell.
City Boy should have been massive - shades of 10CC and Queen - but somehow (apart from one hit single), never made the big time. I saw them live at the time this album came out, and they were a great act - wonder what they're all doing now?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars or maybe 4.5 stars 3 Feb 2011
By ds
Format:Audio CD
I've always regarded this record as one of City Boy's two finest along with THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE. Part of my reasoning is nostalgic; RITZ was the first City Boy record I purchased shortly after its 1976 release. More compelling though was the lack of schmaltz factor. The Achilles heel of virtually all of their records was their inability to avoid soft rock/MOR material (like 'Beth' and many others). This album possesses more backbone, more muscular tunes like 'Mama's Boy,' 'Walk on the Water' and 'Goodbye Blue Monday' without sacrificing creativity. The one exception is the 7:20 yawner 'The Violin.' That epic California soft-rock selection prevents this CD from achieving a solid 5-star rating.

City Boy emerged on the scene at a time when the more artful wing of the art-rock brigade was crumbling. I, however, was still clinging on and these boys reminded me of many of my favorites like Bowie, Ronson, ELO, 10cc, Sparks, Queen and Be Bop Deluxe. But by 1977 Bowie was held captive by the German art machination, Bill Nelson was formulating the angular origins of New Wave, Queen was wallowing like pigs in their own filth, 10cc had lost their creative spark(s) in Godley and Creme, Sparks were becoming increasingly intrigued by disco and Jeff Lynne de"orchestra"ted his band. That left City Boy as king of the hill, at least in my mind. Their harmony vocals, lead guitar and unconventional lyrics borrowed from many of the above bands' more creative periods. They weren't a perfect band but continued in the art rock path that its predecessors had already forsaken. And that was fine by me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good! 29 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Very exciting stuff on this album, it copletely blew me of my chair. I knew a few of the songs which I hadn't heard for many years. It's progressive, melodic rock/pop mixed with an excellent chorus all at the same time. These guys were years ahead of their time and sadly their albums never got the recognition they deserved. If you're into progressive rock/pop this is a must!
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