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4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure late sixties baroque pop item
Despite the Gothic gloom of the title, this is one of those bright, occasionally eccentric, sunshine pop albums with a few dark corners and a sprinkling of psychedelia. Though obscure, it's hardly low budget, what with sumptuous orchestral arrangements, the acoustic, the electric, harpsichords and pianos, all frequently coming and going. Garrie's tenor suits the music...
Published on 2 May 2006 by D. J. H. Thorn

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2.0 out of 5 stars not great but worthy of a serious collection..
hi guys.. this aint all that bad, i think its ok, but typical period lp/cd of what could have been brilliant. the greatest track on this and mabye even that year is the first track.. its wonderful, but then the rest let it down, it just doesnt know what it wants to be, and that comes through.

like i say, if you are serious collector and you may have missed...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure late sixties baroque pop item, 2 May 2006
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas (Audio CD)
Despite the Gothic gloom of the title, this is one of those bright, occasionally eccentric, sunshine pop albums with a few dark corners and a sprinkling of psychedelia. Though obscure, it's hardly low budget, what with sumptuous orchestral arrangements, the acoustic, the electric, harpsichords and pianos, all frequently coming and going. Garrie's tenor suits the music though his voice sounds limited at times.

The title track is a five-minute tour de force, as much for its far-out orchestration as for the song itself. Most of the first half is melodic, easy pop that calls to mind early Nirvana (the original band, not Kurt Cobain's lot)and Duncan Browne. As the album progresses however the material seems to grow stronger. "Deeper Tones Of Blue" is particularly haunting and mysterious, a far cry from the music hall feel of "Bungles Tours".

If you like that lush, late sixties English pop vibe, snap this up.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Nightmare, 4 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas (Audio CD)
An album that genuinely deserves to be called a lost masterpiece of 1960s pop. Garrie's songs are both poetic and melodic. Beautiful bittersweet songs like David's Prayer, Stephanie City and Can I Stay With You will touch your heart and their melodies will keep going round your head after listening. In contrast Bungles Tours is a sharp and fun parody of Brits on package tours abroad that Ray Davies would have been proud to have created. The album's most poptastic moment Ink Pot Eyes is one of those songs, like September Gurls by Big Star, that you just can't believe wasn't a major hit.
The songs on here are certainly related to the baroque pop of Nick Drake and The Left Banke but have their own unique personality. Although the songs fit into a late '60s folk pop/baroque pop bag the Euro flavoured arangements give the album something different from what you might expect, having a boldness and the heightened emotional content you find in classic French pop recordings of that era from the likes of Francoise Hardy and Serge Gainsbourg.
If you love Odessey and Oracle, Pink Moon and The Village Green Preservation Society I think there's a good chance you'll love this too.
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8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not great but worthy of a serious collection.., 15 Aug. 2006
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This review is from: The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas (Audio CD)
hi guys.. this aint all that bad, i think its ok, but typical period lp/cd of what could have been brilliant. the greatest track on this and mabye even that year is the first track.. its wonderful, but then the rest let it down, it just doesnt know what it wants to be, and that comes through.

like i say, if you are serious collector and you may have missed it like i did, its a great surprise, if you just like 60's/early 70's then avoid.. it aint what you are after..

its ok. no more no less... not drugged out, not straight, not freaky, not polished.. just there..

mmmm..
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Jan. 2007
This review is from: The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas (Audio CD)
This album is excellent, it's so incredibly diverse and interesting. The track entitled 'Nightmare of JB Stanislas' is my favourite on the album, closely followed by the 'Queen of Spades' which I don't think featured on the original album. 'Bungles Tours' is a complete hoot and the people all talking at the very end of the track always makes me giggle. Altogether it's a really excellent album. Who is this Nick Garrie anyway? I think he's big in Europe, but why haven't we heard more from him here in good ol' Blighty?
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