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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect fusion of Mod, Soul & Punk!, 16 Feb 2010
A. P. Shaw "sugar-bug" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
Like many of the Mod Revival era bands, London's The Small Hours were limited to a just one rare vinyl release, the excellent 'Midnight To Six' EP in 1979 (on 7" & 10" vinyl fact fans). The fact that this release gained such a cult following is easy to see, what other band could be compared to the Small Faces, The Clash & Springsteen while staying true to their Mod roots. Unlike the punkier (not Punk, just punkier) outfits like The Chords & Purple Hearts, the Small Hours were more akin to a Georgie Fame on speed for the 79 generation, the holloring organ and gruff soul vocals & truely inspiring amphetimine grooves set them apart then, as now.

It's odder to note that this band was formed by Kym Bradshaw a former member of Aussie punk legnds The Saints, disillusioned with the New Wave scene (& contained one future member of Latin Quater). considering the bands Soul/Hammond garage sound.

It's great to see a full compilation at last from these guys that contains the classic EP in full plus their unreleased studio cuts from 79/80. All padded out with a great live set.

The former Small Hours are now spread across the globe. Carol Isaacs still plays keyboards and has worked with Squeeze, Sinead O'Connor and the Latin Quarter. She now plays with Indigo Girls and divides her time between LA and London where she is also an illustrator. Kym Bradshaw runs a farm in Shropshire. Armand Thompson is a writer who lives in southern Spain. Neil Thompson is a film/ TV director who still resides near the Hope & Anchor in London. Iain Shedden still bangs the skins for acts such as 13 Frightened Girls and recently toured Australia with the re-formed Saints. He is the music critic on The Australian newspaper and lives in Sydney.

TRACKS: Can't do without you / The Kid / Midnight to Six / Underground / Armistice Day / Watch this space / Routine / Business in Town / Seen it all before / It's come to this / Trojan For Ever / Both Ways / I still believe / End of the night / Business in Town (Live) / But it's alright (Live) / Mercy mercy (Live) / Midnight to Six (Live) / Hanging in the balance (Live) / End of the night (Live) / Sweet Soul Music (Live) / The Kid (Original Demo Version) / Underground / I'm a believer
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you have not got this one it's time you did, 30 Aug 2008
This review is from: Anthology (Audio CD)
'End of the night' is top of the game as are the band.There are no bone's to be picked here!as this band,are form Scotland,& you may get a see you Jimmy.If you have not got this c.d.I think you are missing out on a great number of tune's,that I would not want to be without.
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