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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome reissue of two great records,
This review is from: Golden Mile/Five Live Kursaals (Audio CD)
Hot on the heels of the Kursaals Flyers' own "Hit Records: Best Of" release, Sony Rewind have put out "Golden Mile" coupled with "Five Live Kursaals" on a single CD at a low, low price.
It's an essential purchase for many reasons and here are a few...
The full album version of the Kursaals' hit single "Little Does She Know" has even more of Mike (Womble) Batt's "everything including the kitchen sink" OTT production; if you dance the way I do you'll identify with "Two Left Feet" and its lovely lilting latin sound; smile and tap your (2 left?) feet to the infectious Dan Hicks/Chilli Willi swing of "Detroit Tin".
And then there's the bonus live album which gives us rawer renditions of many Kursaal favourites and a clutch of ace covers in the encore.
I'll give it 5 stars for the timeless "feel good" music but must state one gripe - that Sony should have taken time to commission some proper sleeve notes from Will Birch!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two faces of the Kursaal Flyers,
Without question, this is one of the best two-for-one CD reissues in existence. One-hit wonders Kursaal Flyers are only known to people of a certain age and only for that hit, but 'Golden Mile' is one of the classiest and most diverse pop albums of the 1970s. That is perhaps one of the reasons they failed. The live album is almost as good and reveals them in their true colours as a more rootsy band at the tail end of the so-called pub rock era. 'Little Does She Know' cast them as a misfit, albeit colourful pop outfit. They didn't fit any trend or genre, which is a problem when it comes to marketing and sales.
Mike Batt, in an elegant, English way, did for 'Golden Mile' what Phil Spector did for American artists. The full version of the hit is over the top, but majestically so. This track, however, doesn't rely solely on musical embroidery: it has a great melody and a killer lyric. Moreover, The Flyers' lyrics are imaginative throughout, with love not always the subject. 'One Arm Bandit' is a rousing yet articulate rocker about gambling addiction. 'Drinking Socially', one of the few simpler recordings is a bluesy plodder about an alcoholic in denial. The lyric, in which the singer begins by insisting on having 'one or two' is priceless, as he admits that he sometimes has 'two or three', gradually working his way up to 'a dozen or more'. 'Two Left Feet' is another catchy pop song done as a gentle latin number. 'Modern Lovers' and 'Street Of The Music' toughen up, but are no less polished in execution, while 'Radio Romance' is another sublime pop song, underscored by Batt's orchestration. 'When The Band's On The Stand' is my least favourite track but is at least passable. 'Detroit Tin' is a swooning swing track highlighting Vic Collins's striking pedal steel style. 'Third Finger Left Hand' (not the Martha Reeves song) is another sturdy merger of pop and rock, and 'Ready To Go' is a memorable, mainly acoustic recording with a strong country influence.
The live album by contrast consists of guitar rock with an occasional keyboard embellishment. Even so, melodies abound and the harmonies are remarkably good. Paul Shuttleworth is a confident and engaging front man also. Most of the songs are at a fairly high tempo, notably the memorable 'Cruisin' For Love' and the hectic 'Revival'. The performance of 'Little Does She Know' offers an interesting contrast too. It's the three-minute version with all the instrumental colour coming from the pedal steel.
Original guitarist Graeme Douglas left the band between these two albums. It's easy to see why. He was marginalised by Batt's production and apparently unimpressed by the softer direction of 'Golden Mile'. His joining Eddie and The Hot Rods virtually confirms this. Not long after the live album the band fell apart, but they left behind some superb music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kursaal flyers,
After listening to the music it would be appreciated today by people who like there music a little bit quirky
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike batt,
Mike batt produced the golden mile and it put a split in the band with Graeme Douglas not liking his production at the time , think he was wrong it's the best album they done by a golden mile ,even a top 20 hit with little does she know , radio romance is superb as well , what a fantastic lead singer Paul shuttleworth is, with a 1977 live album to make it well worth spending less than a tenner on.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip back to the 70s,
I had been looking for the music of that era by the Kursaal Flyers and this fitted the bill admirably.
There are some u-tube clips that some may find interesting and worth a watch
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