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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 years on-a far from harrowing experience!, 17 Jan. 2004
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This review is from: The Psychomodo (Audio CD)
Go on-admit it-if you were a Glitterbug in 1973/4, you probably bought this and NOW-admit it again-you still love it!
No wonder-from start to finish, Oscar Wilde's famous dictum about"The art of diplomacy consists of knowing how far to go too far" is obeyed to the letter. And not just in the swirling, burbling, tumbling production, either-all Steve Harley's lyrics and vocal efforts from the gently demented Sweet Dreams to the monumental swelling at the end of Tumbling Down-one of the greatest concert-closing numbers of the last 41 million years-are beyond compare.
Don't ever believe, if you weren't around in 1974, it was a year that sucked musically. 95% did-but there were honourable exceptions and the reason this is currently blasting out of the cd player even as this review is being written is that every track stands a 2nd,3rd,4th,5th or 29th hearing, wherein you discover something new. Perhaps it's that Singular Band was just as great an overlooked single as Bed in the Corner, or that Ritz reworks elements of at least two Beatles songs and takes them into another dimension neither Lennon nor McCartney even dreamt of! Or perhaps you'll realise again that Ritz and Cavaliers are just as emphatic and anthemic as Tumbling Down!
We've come a long way since these lot were discovered and hyped by EMI at the very same time as Queen. But I know whose best work has lasted better and I'd urge you to buy this forthwith just in case you doubt this.
You should also buy this, in case you do ever get shipwrecked and need stimulation on that desert island, because it's one of no more than 12 albums you cannot live without, so start you life now, if you need to!!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A miriad of moods - songwriting at its pinnacle., 25 Sept. 2001
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This review is from: The Psychomodo (Audio CD)
Assuming you have never heard this before, then this will exceed your expectations by far. Opening with the staccato, violin featuring, Sweet Dreams you enter the Psychomodo's world. Moving on to the title track without pause -the pace of lyric and beat seem to continually accelerate. SH's highly affected vocals have rarely been better. Then comes the over-used MR SOFT - possibly the weakest track on the album and yet instantly recognisable. How more powerful this song is within its proper setting and not adorning some Ad campaign. Singular Band clearly expresses SH's distaste at being placed in the GlamRock stable - real venom in a synchopated form. Ritz is an eery semi-ballad that climbs ever higher in intensity and one listen to Cavaliers and you will want to be one. What a hit single Bed in the Corner could have been (or still could be). There are just so few pop songs of this quality. The, heavier, scream of Sling it! is perfectly positioned between the sweeter Bed in the Corner and the, album closing, anthem that is Tumbling Down. Originally released in 1974, this album may not be a technologically masterpiece but it is a remarkable piece of work. Buy it and listen in awe at its mix of the simple and complex, the sweet and insane. Marvel at its strangeness but also its obvious messages. Tap your feet, dance and sing-a-long. This is the stuff upon which hard earned money should be spent.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve harley and Cockney Rebel at their best!, 1 Dec. 2001
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Cockney Rebel (Steve Harley) at their original best before Make Me Smile (The Best Years Of Our Lives album). This includes some classic tracks that Steve has included in his latest UK wide tour. Rock and Roll at it's best......and now on CD! A must for all Cockney Rebel/Steve Harley fans and all those that appreciate great music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SINGULARLY EPIC ALBUM A CUT ABOVE ITS PEERS, 22 Feb. 2010
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A phenomenal second album which surpasses the first for creativity.Harley expands the cockney rebel repertoire which challenges you to listen more and more...there was no equal to this amongst the so called glam rockers.It excites , disturbs and horrifies in equal measure ...with refernces to in-crowd characters of the day..
sheer brilliance..........
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love what they've done to the blues..., 30 Dec. 2009
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Miki D (Bournemouth UK) - See all my reviews
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Psychomodo has simply the greatest final three tracks on any album you'll ever hear. The way that Bed In The Corner, Sling It & Tumbling Down all just blend in to each other and finishes on one of the greatest sing along live's ever, is true genius. But don't be in a rush to get there. Kicking off with Sweet Dreams blending into Pyschomodo followed by the evergreen impish Mr Soft, the first three tracks run the last three very close! Midway you have the simple but clever Singular Band, then the two most haunting tracks in Ritz and Cavaliers. So don't just look what they've done to the blues, but love it and sing it out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential, 2 Dec. 2009
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Remastered (get them while they last!). An iconic piece of British glam rock with barely a filler across the entire set. A completely essential recording to own; there's nothing else to say.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never heard anything like it, 29 Aug. 2010
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Got to agree with my dad on that, but it was a seminal moment for me in the early 70s.Listening to this in the dark, through headphones, created a world that was beyond anything I could find locally. Listening again now, nearly 40 years on, I still can't find anything to match it. Its getting fierce.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal taste., 24 July 2011
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I had this on cassette in 1975 and played it many times and now I decided to purchase CD for sentimental reasons and still just as good with catchy tunes and witty lyrics of this artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius !!, 10 May 2011
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Mr. P. N. Cairns (Birmingham United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This cd is still one of the greatest offerings from the early 70's,Many years later very little of todays music comes close.Where do you start? There are no real weak tracks on here,My own personal favourites are;Psychomodo,Bed in the corner/Sling it & the awesome Tumbling down. If you like your music with heart and soul get this without fail.If any Steve Harley fans don't know you can now get a t shirt with steve's face on, of this cd on the front and on the back is Cockney Rebel,Available from Steve's website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COCKNEY REBEL AT THEIR BEST!, 26 Nov. 2010
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In my humble opinion...THE BEST Steve Harley/Cockney Rebel Album of the 70's. An eclectic mix...a must for any Collection of Rock!
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