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Living Legends
Living Legends

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag, 18 Jun. 2013
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This review is from: Living Legends (Audio CD)
The final album recorded while the original 8 piece band were still intact, from 1983. Interesting sleeve artwork, the record was to be called 'AD83' but changed at the last minute, hence the vinyl labels had the old title printed on them. AD83 would have fitted better thinking back but hindsight & all that......
As far as the tracks go there are some really good ones such as 'Little Old Wine Drinker Me' & 'Soul & Inspiration' but some stinkers too such as 'Run For Your Life' & 'Don't Bring Me Down'. The band were trying to move with the times, a more electronic sound, but they should have stuck with what they do best. Nice to see it on CD at last, together with bonus tracks too.


The Boys of Summer: A Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare with Showaddywaddy
The Boys of Summer: A Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare with Showaddywaddy
by Dave Bartram
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Listen, 18 Jun. 2013
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I bought this after buying & finishing the hardback book which was released a few months previously. If you are considering buying either, buy the book as there is quite a lot cut out on the audio version. Spread over 3 discs, it's nice to hear Dave narrating his work, he seems to have quite a sense of humour, especially how the band have come to accept how the gigs are nowadays as compared to the crazed fan madness of the 1970's, An enjoyable listen & perfect for your holidays in the sun!


The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988
The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 - 1988
Price: £24.97

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last the release you've been waiting for!, 18 Jun. 2013
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Well it arrived this morning, what a wonderful item. All 8 of the bands studio albums recorded between 1974-1983 in 1 great set. The replica vinyl sleeves are great, very faithful to the original product, Trocadero has the gatefold sleeve & Red Star even has a replica inner sleeve as on the vinyl release.
The bonus discs are brilliant, the rarities disc was the main reason I bought this set & I am glad I did, some of these 'lost songs' are a treat to hear after all these years, especially a cleaned up version of 'Old Habits Die Hard' which sounds superb. The booklet is lengthy & well written, as a life long fan even I have learned a few things reading it. All the albums sound fresh & considering the first album was recorded an incredible 39 years ago it still makes your speakers dance! I bought all the Cherry Red re-releases as they came out on the 7T'S label but these sound better. If only the people who have knocked the band could get to hear some of this stuff they would change their minds, what a band, possibly one of the most under-rated acts ever to record. Overall an amazing box set at an amazing price, get yourself one ordered now before they are sold out as I believe it is a limited pressing only.


Good Times
Good Times
Price: £9.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars THERE WERE STILL GOOD TIMES!, 25 July 2005
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Good Times for me blows hot & cold,with some fantastic tracks & others not so good.One of the best original songs ever written by the band is on here in 'I Don't Like Rock N Roll No more'.Perfect vocals from the great Bill Gask & a harmony that most bands today could only dream of.Other highlights include 'Multiplication','Good Times' & 'Party Time' showing the band in full swing,displaying what made their appeal so great in the first place.Their cover of 'C'mon Everybody' is awful & should have been left well alone.Not a big selling album (this was their first not to reach any award status) but all the same an enjoyable listen.Cherry Red have done a great job so far with the reissues of the band's work & with the Living Legends album re-release on the horizon that will be all of the lp's featuring the 8 original members of the band back in the shops.It's a million miles away from Trocadero but still a great album in it's own right,enjoy!


Arista Singles Vol 2
Arista Singles Vol 2
Offered by all my music
Price: £23.51

3.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of the end?, 3 April 2003
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After giving this CD a listen twice in a row,i have to say 7T'S have done a superb job with all the Showaddywaddy re-releases so far.This latest collection is from when the band were really on a downward slide as far as the charts & record sales go.Don't get me wrong,there are some little gems in there such as "Blue Moon" & "Tribute" (to John Lennon).The later RCA singles are on there too which is a bonus,especially the wonderful "Soul & Inspiration" which amazingly did nothing in the charts.All in all a good listen,but not a patch on the first 4 albums.


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