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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Wizzardry
I first heard of GW when he played on Willie (Bill Wyman) and the Poor Boys album way back.I then found an LP in a second hand shop, "Geraint Watkins and the Dominators". Sadly not available on CD. This man has played alongside countless premier division musicians and most recently has been on tour with Bill Wyman's Rythym Kings.

Known for his cajun and zydeco...
Published on 7 Dec 2006 by Mr. Roger T. Duke

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg
If you've enjoyed "In a Bad Mood", this album will be a bit of a disappointment. It's fun, got some good tunes and enjoyable, admirable musicianship, but it's patchy, veering from one style to another in a somewhat random and indulgent fashion. It can sound like a bunch of old pub rockers having a ball in the studio, doing whatever takes their fancy, which is probably...
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Felix S


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5.0 out of 5 stars Welsh Wizzardry, 7 Dec 2006
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I first heard of GW when he played on Willie (Bill Wyman) and the Poor Boys album way back.I then found an LP in a second hand shop, "Geraint Watkins and the Dominators". Sadly not available on CD. This man has played alongside countless premier division musicians and most recently has been on tour with Bill Wyman's Rythym Kings.

Known for his cajun and zydeco country feel [and a bit of 12 bar] music this album does not disappoint.

The opening track, "Two Rocks" is played over "chapel organ" chords, lasts just over a minute and is a wonderful prelude to "Turn That Chicken Down" with a real New Orleans feel and dare I say it Art of Noise interlude? Every track is easy to listen to. That does not make it easy listening a la James Last but easy on the ear. You just have to listen to his version of "Heroes and Villains" the old Beach Boys number to realise what a talented arranger this man is and a great interpretation of a Wilson/Van Dyke Parks song which simply cannot be messed with. Nick Lowe on bass makes a welcome appearance on "The Whole Night Through" and "I Will" and singing "Go West" as the final track with a lovely Western finish. Apart from "Heroes and Villains" all songs are self penned showing what a gifted song writer he is. What a great song title, "Bring Me The Head Of My So Called Lover". Incidentally he wrote "Blue Moon of Kentucky".If you are a fan of Bill Wyman's Rythym Kings, Andy Fairweather-Low, Albert Lee etc, buy this and you will not be disappointed.There is not one bad song on the whole CD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Egg, 28 Dec 2010
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If you've enjoyed "In a Bad Mood", this album will be a bit of a disappointment. It's fun, got some good tunes and enjoyable, admirable musicianship, but it's patchy, veering from one style to another in a somewhat random and indulgent fashion. It can sound like a bunch of old pub rockers having a ball in the studio, doing whatever takes their fancy, which is probably what it actually is. I don't doubt Watkins is exceptionally talented - "In a Bad Mood" is brilliant, beautifully conceived in form and content: start there if you're new to him. "Dial W" has some fine tunes, but it's a bit irritating in the lack of discipline - it has the charm of an old mix tape found outside the Hope and Anchor.

Oh, by the by, Bill Monroe wrote Blue Moon of Kentucky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 July 2014
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A fantastic collection of styles and surprises from a very talented musician and song writer.
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