This second album from the great Brit-folk duo Clive Gregson and Christine Collister was originally released in 1987, later the same year as the debut `Home and Away'.
On `Mischief' virtually all the songs are Gregson compositions, in contrast to the covers recorded previously. Although not every track is a star, the best songs here are outstanding. `I wouldn't treat a Dog' (two different recordings appear on this CD release), `I specialise', `Wash me away', `Rain on your Parade' and `Lost at Sea' are the pick of the bunch.
The mojo was working for this duo when this album was recorded. There are some great original songs, powerful combined vocal delivery infused with feeling backed by Gregson's clear unfussy guitar work and a good rhythm section. If a criticism can be levelled it is that the mix on a couple of numbers is not ideal, with the vocal track (especially Collister's powerful alto) not quite loud enough and dominated by too much volume from the rhythm section. However this is minor nit-picking, and some listeners might not even notice.
Overall this CD is a steal at the price, so if you don't know this duo's work it's an ideal place to start. If it floats your boat, try their later releases `A change in the Weather', `Love is a strange Hotel' and `The Last Word'.