|1. Mythical Kings and Iguanas|
|2. Yada Yada La Scala|
|3. Lady With The Braid|
|4. Her Mothers Daughter|
|5. Angels And Devils The Following Day|
|6. Mary C. Brown and the Hollywood Sign|
|7. Lemon Haired Ladies|
|8. Stone For Bessie Smith|
|9. The Game|
|10. Going Home|
|12. The New Enzyme Detergent Demise Of Ali MacGraw|
|13. The Talkative Woman And The Two Star General|
|14. The Altruist And The Needy Case|
|15. Play It Again, Sam|
|16. The Earthquake In Los Angeles|
|17. The Final Flight Of The Hindenburg|
|18. I Dance And Dance And Smile And Smile|
|19. The Air Crash In New Jersey|
Unfortunately, the same cannot really be said of the second album. Reflections In A Mud Puddle probably seemed like a cool idea at the time and the chilling Doppelganger is an impressive and arresting opener. However, some of the songs do not seem quite as focused and the song suite which covered side two of the original LP is perhaps too personal for the listener to fully identify with it. The album does have its moments, however, and comes as a fascinating bonus bearing in mind that Mythical Kings & Iguanas is worth the price of admission alone.
A final point, the compilation In Search Of Mythical Kings (The UA Years) might seem like a viable alternative but, whilst it does have some worthwile tracks not featured here (notably Beware Of Young Girls) surely it is no substitute for the whole of Mythical Kings & Iguanas. (Also, if I remember rightly, the compilation version of Mary C. Brown & The Hollywood Sign is a different and inferior one.
On songs like Lady with the braid and Angels and devils, Dory Previn plays out miniature psychodramas, working through her own self-deceptions and contradictory stances to love, life and growing older with a dark wit and surgical precision. On the surface, these are little seventies cameos [all paisley wallpaper and honey in the coffee] but there's a hidden razor-edge in there which takes you deeper with each listening, and cuts to the bone.
You don't hear much about Dory Previn these days: surely, it's time for a public redisvovery?
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