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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B001NOMONS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunlight Gate
2. The Pearl-Driller
3. No Dice
4. The Flowers And The Wine
5. Where Have They All Gone?
6. The Prince Of Aquitaine
7. Thief In The Night
8. Driving Through Mythical America
9. The Faded Mansion On The Hill
10. Practical Man
11. Lady Of A Day
12. Practical Man (Bonus Demo)

Product Description

*Pete Atkin's `70s albums have for a long time been notoriously hard to find, but now at last Edsel is proud to present them all in definitive editions with brand new detailed notes by Clive James and Pete Atkin themselves, all of Clive's remarkable lyrics, full discographical and session information, and many photos and documents not previously available (including Clive's own handwritten lyrics)
*Atkin's second album, originally issued in 1971, was his first with a full studio line-up and proved that his first LP was no flash in the pan, and includes many songs that Pete still performs to this day.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1971, this is Pete Atkin and Clive James' second album. The first, Beware of the Beautiful Stranger, was more acoustic in feel - this has bigger productions, more instruments, and a more complex feel to it.

All of the usual themes are there - lost and unrequited love, aging, heroism and compassion. Clive James' exquisite lyrics are matched to Pete Atkin's masterful tunes, sometimes in a surprising way, but always, in the end, you realise that a change in either would work less well.

My favourites are The Flowers And The Wine, and Thief In The Night, but there is really not a duff song on the album.

Even if you already have an earlier release of this album, the 20-page insert (describing the genesis of the album and of each song) and a bonus track (from a privately released album) are worth the price alone. If you don't have an earlier release, then do yourself a favour and buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Burdon on 2 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I clearly remember hearing this album for the first time and tracking down a copy in Edinburgh's late, lamented Greyfriars Market (recipient of much of my student grant) shortly afterwards. I still have that vinyl copy as well as a copy on MP3 and listen to it at least once a week - it never gets tired. If my MP3 player is on shuffle it it the album to which I always listen when it starts rather than skipping to something else.

Snatches of lyric crop up like earworms in some situations - whenever I fly into Heathrow (or anywhere) in the evening a voice in my head inevitably starts singing "I flew home into the city after dark and in the clear...". I see the practical man everywhere. I continue to imagine guitarists wearing a little silver hook round their necks "like some military order - second class".

This is my favourite of the Atkins-James albums. The others are good but they bottled magic on this one. The lyrics, although occasionally dated now in their references, are excellent and the tunes wrap around them perfectly. And the lyrics can still bite:

When you see the litter of their lives/
The stupid children, bitter wives/
Your self-esteem in disarray/
You do your best to climb away/
From the streaming traffic of decay

A criminally underknown album by a criminally underknown performer.
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Witty lyrics (from Clive James) brilliant music and arrangements from Pete Atkin. It's an aquired taste but then you're hooked.
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