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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem, 5 Feb 2003
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Ian Marchant (Presteigne, Powys) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
Young people won't remember when the only bands you could see played in concert halls or vast audatoria; it was no fun. Ducks Deluxe were one of the pub rock bands of the early mid seventies that laid the foundations of punk. Oooh, and what solid rockin' foundations they are! They were the first band I ever saw in a pub, and I still thrill at the memory - dirty, lowdown, and just the kind of thing your mum wouldn't approve of. Thats the first album. The second album is a doozy too, but poppier; two of the members went on to found The Motors. And the guitarist joined Graham Parker and the Rumour. This stuff still stands up, and deserves recognition. These guys kept us seventies types sane, while we waited for The Clash to come along!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe energy, 27 May 2008
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
Labelled 'pub rock', a useless term, Ducks Deluxe's music consists mainly of rhythm and blues, best served at high energy, plus the occasional digression. With three songwriters with diverse agendas in the band, the wide scope of styles is not surprising. Bassist Nick Garvey provides the best track, the buzzsaw 'Coast To Coast', plus the light, jangly, Beatlesque pop song, 'Please Please Please.' Guitarist Sean Tyla's songs reveal a preoccupation with the U.S. While inauthentic, they are pretty effective; 'Fireball' is similar to 'Coast To Coast' in style and almost as good, and the puttering 'Daddy Put The Bomp' and 'West Texas Trucking Board' are also impressive. His slow, bluesy 'Falling For That Woman', however, despite his impassioned, growling vocal and a brass section, can't disguise the ordinariness of the song. Meanwhile, Martin Belmont proves that he's a far better guitarist than a singer-songwriter.

What makes 'Ducks Deluxe' a fine album is the quality of the band itself and the excitement they generate, brought out effectively by producer Dave Bloxham. Dave Edmunds is the producer on 'Taxi To The Terminal Zone', and though Edmunds is a great rock and roll producer, he doesn't manage it so well here. The inferior material is partly to blame. The first two boogie tracks seem stifled and sluggish after you've heard the first album. Edmunds does however bring the best out of new member Andy McMaster's rock and roll keyboards. McMaster's 'Love's Melody' is a vibrant pop song with a Spectorish echo, while Garvey's 'My My Music' is a great piece of bar room rock and roll. Tyla contributes two very good songs, the slow, lush 'Rio Grande' and 'Woman Of The Man'.

Garvey and McMaster left to form The Motors, where their songwriting talents brought them high acclaim and modest sales. Belmont joined The Rumour, along with members of Brinsley Schwarz, this band making at least one album in its own right among recordings with Graham Parker. Tyla continued to long for the West in his songs for The Tyla Gang, who made two decent albums. Drummer Tim Roper? Don't know, but his contribution here is important. This double set from the mid-1970s is worth hearing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply seventies rock'n'roll at it's very very best, 19 Oct 2009
This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
Like other contributors I first heard the magnificent Coast to Coast on a tinny transistor radio (and at half time at York City FC) in the early/mid 70s. The BBC banned the single before it could become a certain top 10 hit - this added to the allure and I had to have the record.

35 years on Ducks sound as fresh as ever - so many musical styles - THE most under rated and under exposed exponents of 70s rock/pop. Buy these two albums - I promise you will not be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Selling England by the pint, 22 Jan 2008
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urbancowboy (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
Great stuff from one of the best second division bands ever !

Remember seeing them at THE KENSINGTON pub back in the great days
along with DR FEELGOOD/KURSAAL FLYERS/ACE etc... and of course the BRINSLEYS.
The DUCKS had a superb sound and in Martin Belmont one of the
great guitar players without doubt.

Mine's a pint of Double Diamond please !!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Coasting back, 31 Mar 2005
This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
I first heard Ducks deluxe back in 1973 listening to Radio Luxenburg. The sound was hazy and distorted but I managed to hear "Coast to Coast" one night. From then on i tuned in at some godawful late hour hoping to hear it again. It sounded like it was coming from inside a hurricane and with the Luxenburg transmitter that could well have been the case. I ordered the single and waited an eternity for it to arrive at my local record shop. I presumed it wouldn't be as good hearing it without added Hurricane sound effects. I was right. It sounded about 578 times better! "Coast to Coast" remains one of the greatest records ever made. Do yourself a favour and buy this record to find out why.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ducks, 6 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Taxi To The Terminal Zone (Audio CD)
Cracking tunes from uncompromising uncomplicated band. Was ignorant to their existence until friend introduced me, feel so bad I missed them.
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