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The Sash My Father Wore And Other

Ballboy Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sl
  • ASIN: B0000DIGMJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Welcome to Vaxjo
2. I Gave Up My Eyes to a Man Whoo Was Blind
3. Tell Me
4. Stronger Hearts Than Mine Lie Empty
5. The Sash My Father Wore
6. You Shall Fall in Love With Me
7. Dutch Trance
8. Kiss Me, Hold Me and Eat Me
9. Born in the USA
10. I Need Two Hearts
11. Past Lovers

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's finest deliver a slow burning classic 17 Nov 2003
By "del49"
Ballboy are not your average band. Three years back, while everyone seemed to be getting terribly excited over the "melancholy by numbers" of Travis and Coldplay, some of us were lucky enough to pick up on their collection of early singles "Club Anthems". That LP title was a bit of a false lead (it certainly was not mixed by Sasha) but the music within was as honest as you could ask for. In particular "I hate Scotland" still stands as one of the finest songs this young century has bestowed upon us.
This was followed up with the fine "A Guide for Daylight Hours" LP, which continued the catchy wedding present esque indie music with Gordon's wry and witty lyrics (see track 3 - "You Can't Spend Your Whole Life Hanging Around With Arseholes").
So now when it seems completely obvious to one and all that the band should continue along the path which they have set themselves, they come out with this LP, eleven tracks which (barring "You Should fall in love with me") signals a complete change of direction.
The title track "The Sash my father wore" is not a cover version of the famous Ulster Unionist ditty but a savage attack on Glasgow Rangers fans. Trust me, if you have ever lived in Scotland and don't support Glasgow's blue team, you will embrace this song like the finest national anthem you could hope for - whether you like football or not!
The other initial stand out is the beautifully crafted "Past Lovers", with the perfect blend of hope and remorse, backed by some of the most moving guitar chords I have ever heard.
On early listens, the LP may seem a little flat and disappointing but it is very much a slow burner, traks such as "Dutch Trance", "Two Hearts" or "Tell Me" just grow and grow on every listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 14 Feb 2005
Another fine batch of beautifully-crafted acoustic-based tunes from Scotland's finest. Pick of the bunch is "I Gave Up My Eyes To A Man Who Was Blind." I hope the death of their number one fan John Peel doesn't signal the end of their airplay on Radio 1. I can't believe people would rather listen to Travis, Keane & Coldplay than this lot. Oh well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Stories 15 Nov 2003
This is different from the previous Ballboy collections - rather more acoustic material and in fact it comes across as virtually a Gordon McIntyre solo album. It's still the same wry, reflective look at life though, with some class lyrics and for the first time a couple of songs written by other people - the version of Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' which was part of their live set is excellent. The title is somewhat provocative and maybe self-defeating- no self-respecting Celtic fan will buy it and no self-respecting Rangers fan will listen to any more of it once s/he's heard the title track. But that's Ballboy for you - doing their best to confound even their admirers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bigoted Arsehole responds 8 Sep 2009
By S. Wood
I can only give this album a one star review because unfortunately as a 'big fat bigoted arsehole' Rangers fan I very much doubt that Ballboy would what me to buy his album anyway. A shame as he sounds like a talent.
I wont hold my breath for his collection of b-sides probably following easy stereotypes and equally offensive to all sports fans including "Didnt your lot blow up London", "Dont mock the Disaster" and the anthemic Scotish favourite "We hate Jimmy Hill, he's a poof" Lazy,lazy lazy Ballboy.
His decision to tar all the fans of one club seems not only deliberately belligerent but also offensive.
I will not be buying his album nor recommending it to friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply beautiful 22 Jan 2006
By August West - Published on Amazon.com
I heard a song from this CD on AOL radio, their sad indie music station. I was taken by it, so I searched the internet and found out it was on this CD. Amazon.com was the only place I could find it. And it is beautiful I do not know much about this group, but the music on this CD is accoustic, mostly sad love songs. There is a certain longing in the singers voice that exemplifies pure human emotions, and to me that is beautiful.
Sometimes it is cold outside, and I have to leave for work at 3:30am playing this CD fits that mood perfectly.
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