In response to the one star reviewew:
Do a little background reading before buying a CD! I'd be very surprisedif a novel and an album with the same title have little if anything incommon, being as they are UTTERLY different mediums of expression. Buyinga film that shares a book's title on the off-chance I could almostunderstand, but to enjoy a novel and then expect a CD with the same titleto provoke the same feelings is beyond optimistic. It's frankly justsilly.
For those of you with an open mind:
Yes, this album is self-indlugent. Yes, it was recorded in the 70's.However, it would be naive in the extreme to dismiss it as casually asthis reviewer has. Hatfield and the North come from a somewhat obscuresub-genre of progressive rock (by prog rock, don't think Yes and PinkFloyd - these chaps are nothing like them) called Canterbury, whichcreated a sort of jazz-minus-the-jazz music that takes many listens tofully appreciate.
Despite having an undeniably jazzy feel, very little soloing goes on inthis music as it's actually highly structured and arranged. The vocals aresparse and whimsical, reinforcing the album's upbeat feel by way of sillylyrics and Richard Sinclair's casual, northern voice. The highlight of thealbum is undoubtedly the 20 minutes of undiluted Joy encapsulated in thetrack 'Mumps'. If you like jazz with a twist, prog rock in the wider senseof the (somwhat problematic) term, playful, cerebral, arty music then...do buy it. It's only 8 quid, after all.
...Just don't expect a novel.