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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2006
Poet, musician and 1960s underground counter-culture face, Brown came to prominence as co-writer with Jack Bruce of seminal Cream material including 'Politician', 'I Feel Free' and 'White Room'. Their success brought him to the attention of the nascent Harvest label, which EMI had just marched into the emergent progressive boom in a frenzy of signing.
Drawn from Brown's work during 1969-1970 with his bands Battered Ornaments and Piblokto! and their albums ('A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark', 'Thousands On A Raft' and the marvellously-monickered 'Things May Come And Things May Go, But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever') plus rare singles, this compilation showcases some great wordplay and a keen ear for hooks evidenced across singer-songwriter balladeering ('Station Song Platform Two'), jazz infused prog ('Dark Lady'), heavy rock ('Aeroplane Head Woman') and 'eccentricurios' ('Flying Hero Sandwich').
With supporting talent including Rob Tait, Roger Bunn, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Chris Spedding, this generous 79-minute cutaway of early 70s rock reveals dashes of contemporary influences from Jack Bruce, Stray, Keef Hartley and Colosseum and is the aural equivalent of finding and putting on a much-loved greatcoat.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Since I have received this album I have not stopped playing it. I can only say don't mess about get it. If you were a fan of Cream and the solo work of Jack Bruce then you will have come across Pete Browns collaboration work already. However, he has a rich back catalogue of musical gems in his own right. In my teens I possessed a Pete Brown and his Battered Ornaments album which to be honest I didn't really 'get' at the time and it dissappeared from my collection. However, seeing this album being made available showcasing his best work with both his bands i.e Battered Oranments and Piblokto it is a good place to start to review his work. I promise if you like bluesy, jazzy,good rock with excellent melody and mature lyrics and musicianship, then this will NOT DISSAPOINT. From the opening track 'The week looked good on paper' right through to the end this album will just grow on you more and more. Go on give it a try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2006
Poet, musician and 1960s underground counter-culture face, Brown came to prominence as co-writer with Jack Bruce of seminal Cream material including 'Politician', 'I Feel Free' and 'White Room'. Their success brought him to the attention of the nascent Harvest label, which EMI had just marched into the emergent progressive boom in a frenzy of signing.
Drawn from Brown's work during 1969-1970 with his bands Battered Ornaments and Piblokto! and their albums ('A Meal You Can Shake Hands With In The Dark', 'Thousands On A Raft' and the marvellously-monickered 'Things May Come And Things May Go, But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever') plus rare singles, this compilation showcases some great wordplay and a keen ear for hooks evidenced across singer-songwriter balladeering ('Station Song Platform Two'), jazz infused prog ('Dark Lady'), heavy rock ('Aeroplane Head Woman') and 'eccentricurios' ('Flying Hero Sandwich').
With talent including Rob Tait, Roger Bunn, Dick Heckstall-Smith and Chris Spedding, this generous 79-minute cutaway of early 70s rock reveals dashes of contemporary influences from Jack Bruce, Stray, Keef Hartley and Colosseum and is the aural equivalent of finding and putting on a much-loved greatcoat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2009
Pete Brown who is still around and playing is a major songwriter who has written for many discriminating names in music He has also always enjoyed performing and this an early band of his It grows on you the more you play it like classical music altho it sure don't sound like classical music!!!! Pete is also the best Scrabble player in the known universe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 June 2014
Music fans generally don't recommend best ofs, but Living Life Backwards includes some excellent non-album tracks and also none of the more 'of their time' Pete Brown tracks.
But hen you listen to this album you realise Pete Brown struck on a psych/prog formula that sounds incredibly fresh today, and more so than his far more commercially successful contemporaries.
How did he do it? He did it with funk.
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