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5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly lovely
They threw away the mold when they made this man. A long time favourite of the late John Peel, Ivor Cutler's quiet peculiar spoken and sung pieces are deliciously warm slices of home-baked surrealism, painting a world reassuringly out of time and step with everyday life. He delights in making the familiar somehow unfamiliar... often unsettling but never threatening...
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3.0 out of 5 stars M'MM
Bought this simply to add to my store of Ivor Cutler, who I like. Sure, this is kosher Cutler, but I find a discernible streak of what - nastiness, maybe even despair - in it, which is disappointing. Was he ill, having real personal troubles, at this time?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oddly lovely, 9 Dec 2008
This review is from: Velvet Donkey (Audio CD)
They threw away the mold when they made this man. A long time favourite of the late John Peel, Ivor Cutler's quiet peculiar spoken and sung pieces are deliciously warm slices of home-baked surrealism, painting a world reassuringly out of time and step with everyday life. He delights in making the familiar somehow unfamiliar... often unsettling but never threatening.

Cutler's unique sideways view of the world is as engaging and entertaining as his delivery is deadpan... I suspect his charm has a lot to do with the old-fashioned austerity of his Scottish lilt, which is somehow at odds with the child-like creativity and playfulness of his words... both warm yet stern, as if he is reading bedtime stories and poems to an imaginary grandchild before sending them off to their cold dark bedroom in the attic.

I'm finding it very hard to nail Cutler's ouvre in words, he has been likened to Edward Lear...and it can take a while to tune in to him, but it's worth the effort. This album is a collection of mainly short pieces (some are only one or two lines long) to savour, and to feed the imagination.
What do we do now he's gone?...listen to all his wonderful albums of course...preferably through a hole in the dining room table, whilst lying under a pile of dirt.
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3.0 out of 5 stars M'MM, 8 Dec 2013
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Bought this simply to add to my store of Ivor Cutler, who I like. Sure, this is kosher Cutler, but I find a discernible streak of what - nastiness, maybe even despair - in it, which is disappointing. Was he ill, having real personal troubles, at this time?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sent promptly, exceptable quaility,, 13 Nov 2013
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Sent promptly, exceptable quaility, cheaper than a new copy, gets rid of ugly Staines, goes down well at parties, finds lost change in the settee, great shines to cars and bikes alike
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal humour and a harmonium!, 1 Aug 2004
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Ivor Cutler entertains with his songs and monologues. He is joined by Fred Frith on Viola for some songs and Phyllis King reads some of her poetry.
See [...] to get an idea of what a treat is held on this disc.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I remembered, 10 Mar 2010
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I used to listen to the whimsical Ivor Cutler in the early sixties late in the evening on the radio in my bedroom. Discovering these CD's I leapt at the chance to hear him again and chose Velvet Donkey as appearing to be a popular choice. It is not how I remember - rather crude and unfunny and not very musical either. Perhaps other CDs are better but I will not trouble to find out.
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