A one-off this. With the intimate, basic accompaniment of acoustic guitar, piano and simple percussion, Absalom breezes through his four humorous, satirical 'Sagas' and a mixture of jaunty and beautiful songs. He comes across as a blend of Ray Davies, Bonzo Dog Band and Mike Harding (in style, not accent). The 'Sagas' involve a regular cast of characters, such as John The Bog and Pusher Joe, all of them harassed by PC McLagan, who is not averse to a bribe, being paid 'in kind' and who upholds police procedure by beating up a student. You'll guess from this that Absalom really has it in for the boys in blue. There's a strong element of music hall and Absalom flits between singing and talking his way through songs in an eccentric manner. But this is no novelty record. Absalom's voice is engaging, his lyrics articulate and his tunes attractive. Among the humour, 'Old Woman In The Moon' and 'It Must Be Spring' provide lovely interludes. A marvellous album of its type (if there is such a thing) unless you work for the police.