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Secret Drinker... Plus & Live Libel

Pete Atkin Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B001NOMOQ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rain-Wheels
2. Sessionman's Blues
3. I See The Joker
4. National Steel
5. Nothing Left To Say
6. Tenderfoot
7. Time And Time Again
8. Little Sammy Speedball
9. Secret Drinker
10. Tongue-Tied
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Song For Rita (Featuring Griff Gostuffyerself)
2. Black Funk Rex (Featuring Marc Boloc)
3. I'm Crazy Over You
4. Errant Knight (By Arrangement With Strongbow Spam)
5. Ready For The Road (Featuring Tesco Tex)
6. Why? (Featuring Special Guest Artist Telly Savarsol)
7. Ballad Of An Upstairs Window
8. Stranger In Town (Featuring Ricky Fablon)
9. Rattlesnake Rock (Featuring Gladys Graveyard)
10. Doom From A Room (Featuring Leonard Conman)
See all 14 tracks on this disc

Product Description

CD 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).
* These are Pete's fifth and sixth albums, originally issued in 1974 and 1975. The sixth, Live Libel - Pete's last album, as it turned out, for more than twenty years until the coming of the internet - was a collection of ephemeral curiosities and jokes which with hindsight
Pete and Clive now feel equivocal about, but which nevertheless contains many characteristic gems as well as some surprises.

Customer Reviews

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
"Secret Drinker" was the fifth and last of the Pete Atkin/Clive James albums of the 70s, now all happily reissued on CD. James' lyrics are full, perhaps too full, of references that leave traces in the memory. Atkin's music matches the lyrics beautifully. They were very popular on the college circuit and with certain radio DJs, but never quite made it to the really big time, and this enormously talented pair went their separate ways. Pete Atkin became a radio producer, notably responsible for the BBC's magnificent "This Sceptred Isle". Not sure what happened to Clive James, though rumour has it he had the odd TV show. They remain close friends.
"Live Libel" was the sixth of the five albums they made. Well, sort of. Their live shows always contained a few sideswipes at the stars of the day. This album brought these together in a series of "tributes to insufficiently neglected contemporary artists". It was hilarious. The problem is that the artists aren't contemporary any more, so while the first 5 albums should appeal to the more thoughtful members of a new generation, this one will probably be lost on them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem, and an interesting oddity 26 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Secret Drinker is my favourite of the original Pete Atkin/Clive James albums. Sessionman's Blues brings to life the grind and devotion of the sessionman, moving from recording session to session, playing what's needed with flair and expertise, never getting the recognition that their ability deserves, and never quite getting off the treadmill. National Steel gives a view of blind love and passion that is better than most boy-meets-girl songs, and not a skirt in sight! Secret Drinker itself is mournful but hopeful - the alcoholic in despair sees a way out, but can he reach it?

Live Libel is more of an oddity, with ten joke/parody songs of variable effectiveness. Some (Errant Knight, Ready for the Road, and Ballad of an Upstairs Window in particular) have stood the test of time and are still great songs. Others (Song for Rita, Doom from a Room, and Why) seem less successful now that their subject has faded from memory. That said, there are more hits than misses, so the album is still well worth a listen.

This double-CD offering, with a very comprehensive booklet giving lyrics and the background to each song, is definitely one for all Pete Atkin enthusiasts, and for anyone who appreciates a little thought behind a lyric and an expert approach to song arranging. The words are thought-provoking and engaging, while the music fits each lyric like a glove.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Available again at last! 21 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like many others,I consigned my vinyl and my turntable to the attic many years ago. Gradually, I've replaced nearly all my record collection as they've reappeared as CDs; but the few old favourites that never were reissued have been greatly mourned.
Most missed have been Van Morrison Live at Marble Arch, Kevin Coyne's "Blame It on the Night" and the six Pete Atkin albums, so it's a joy to see all the Atkin albums rereleased at last, together with a new CD.
If you are unfamiliar with Mr Atkin's work then "Secret Drinker" is a good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Collectors edition 12 Nov 2013
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A rare cd. Worth looking out for it (if you're a fan) just for Pete Atkin and Clive James track by track comments. Music is great, plus a couple of worthwhile bonus tracks.
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