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5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY LANDSCAPES
With such an abundance of great songs, it will always remain a mystery as to why ENGLISH GARDEN was never afforded the attention it so clearly deserved.

Including VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR and CLEAN CLEAN - both hits for BUGGLES but co-written by BRUCE WOOLLEY - the album delivers it's New Wave pop music with a light yet distinctive edge. A seriously gifted...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A second-rate New Wave album by a second-rate band
I was so looking forward to hearing this album, re-released as it was alongside "The Age Of Plastic" by The Buggles. Bruce Woolley contributed lyrics to 2 tracks on The Buggles' album ("Video Killed The Radio Star" and "Clean, Clean"), versions of which are included here.
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Published on 27 Dec 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY LANDSCAPES, 11 Feb 2008
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This review is from: English Garden (Audio CD)
With such an abundance of great songs, it will always remain a mystery as to why ENGLISH GARDEN was never afforded the attention it so clearly deserved.

Including VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR and CLEAN CLEAN - both hits for BUGGLES but co-written by BRUCE WOOLLEY - the album delivers it's New Wave pop music with a light yet distinctive edge. A seriously gifted songwriter, Woolley is also possessed of a superbly flexible voice and injects every song with a mixture of his delightfully giddy, falsetto-imbued, vocals. He's also ably backed up by the impressively tight nucleus of CAMERA CLUB members MATTHEW SELIGMAN, DAVID BIRCH, ROD JOHNSON and THOMAS DOLBY. (Yes, THAT Thomas Dolby; the man who would go on to create the wonderful GOLDEN AGE OF WIRELESS, then lose the plot completely after a duet with Dr. Magnus Pike.)

Close your eyes and listen carefully to DANCING WITH THE SPORTING BOYS, NO SURRENDER, FLYING MAN, GET AWAY WILLIAM, GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY, YOU'RE THE CIRCUS (I'M THE CLOWN) and the superb title track...memorable songs, all of them, and not remotely disposable. The same goes for Dolby's haunting keyboard instrumental, WW9 - a jolt in tempo, perhaps, but not in quality. So, what on earth went wrong...? A perfect candidate for the ever so unMysterious Worlds of Arthur C. Clarke.

If you have a copy on vinyl then you're very lucky, hang on to it for dear life. If not, then try and get the CD and immerse yourself in ENGLISH GARDEN's perfectly tended, happy landscapes. Released in 1979 - the (original) year of The Winter of Discontent - this hidden gem will make you feel anything but.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked pop gem, 25 May 2006
This review is from: English Garden (Audio CD)
This is worth buying for Sporting Boys alone. This is a little gem of a perfect pop song which mysteriously failed to chart at the time.English Garden is another fine piece of new wave pop.

Also of interest is Bruce Woolley's version of Video Killed the Radio Star a much straighter less gimmicky version than the Buggles.

It is fair to say that not all the songs match the quality of the first three but any album full of songs of the quality of the sublime Sporting Boys would be rare indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Underrated Synth Pop, 2 Jan 2008
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This review is from: English Garden (Audio CD)
I was lucky enought to see Bruce Woolley and the Camera Club perform a small pub gig in Torquay just after the album had been released. It was a great gig with some great songs played with a lot of energy. Witness the faster tracks referred to by another reviewer. The strongest tracks have already been identified but this is an album that you should listen through as a whole. It was a shame that the group did not stick together.
This album is certainly one to track down, whether you are fan of Dolby or not as it stands on its own with or without the Dolby interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Joy !, 4 Feb 2009
This review is from: English Garden (Audio CD)
This and the US album with the different versions of 'Video Killed The Radio Star' and 'Clean,Clean' did the rounds at school and joy of joys i've just laid my hands on a copy! I loved it then and i love it now. A hidden gem of yesteryear. Thankfully this was the 70's, not the 'Age Of technopop Plastic'.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A second-rate New Wave album by a second-rate band, 27 Dec 2000
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This review is from: English Garden (Audio CD)
I was so looking forward to hearing this album, re-released as it was alongside "The Age Of Plastic" by The Buggles. Bruce Woolley contributed lyrics to 2 tracks on The Buggles' album ("Video Killed The Radio Star" and "Clean, Clean"), versions of which are included here.
And what versions they are. If you wanted to hear "Video..." sung at double-speed and generally beaten to death, then now's your chance. "Clean, Clean" suffers the same fate. The other 11 tracks, dreadful New Wave-by-numbers, well, numbers that they are, are mercifully short and the best thing I can say is that the whole torture is only 37 minutes long.
Thomas Dolby fans may be interested to know that he played keyboards on this album, before going on to better things, but his contributions are very much in the background, guitars being to the fore of the mix. The rest of us should be thankful that this album was a one-off.
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