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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Two Kevins?
Blue Ox Babes' tale is as tragic as it is tantalising - a story wraught by broken friendships and betrayal, lost opportunities and a central figure blighted by mental illness. Formed by guitarist Kevin 'Al' Archer after he left Dexys Midnight Runners in 1980, the group demo'd a celtic/soul blend only for the other Kevin, Dexys frontman Rowland, to borrow the idea for the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dexy's Midnight Also-rans
As one of the few people who bought the Blue Ox Babes' great white hope 'There's No Deceiving You' back in 1988, I was astonished to find this CD. I was equally astonished to learn from the sleevenotes that ex-Dexys guitarist and Babes founder Kevin Archer claims to have invented their celtic soul sound, only for his erstwhile band to steal his thunder and laugh all the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Two Kevins?, 5 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Apples And Oranges (Audio CD)
Blue Ox Babes' tale is as tragic as it is tantalising - a story wraught by broken friendships and betrayal, lost opportunities and a central figure blighted by mental illness. Formed by guitarist Kevin 'Al' Archer after he left Dexys Midnight Runners in 1980, the group demo'd a celtic/soul blend only for the other Kevin, Dexys frontman Rowland, to borrow the idea for the Too-Rye-Ay album. It took Archer another half a decade but Blue Ox Babes finally signed with Go! Discs. Unfortunately, after three promising singles on Go! Discs, the band splintered and a scheduled album was cancelled.

Over twenty years later, Cherry Red have rescued it, with a raft of bonus tracks and a booklet choc-a-bloc with pictures and a lengthy narrative explaining the long and tortuous tale.

But is it any good? Yes - if you like Dexys Midnight Runners or maybe early Van Morrison. Archer didn't share Rowland's sheer, unbridled charisma as a performer but this is way more satisfying than, say, Rowland's risible solo album of the period. Blue Ox Babes' album offers a welcome postscript to the Dexys' story, a highly enjoyable epitaph or post-script, and reveals once and for all that there was more to Dexys Mark I than one man...
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4.0 out of 5 stars About time!, 2 July 2009
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Dexy's Midnight Runners were a wonderful hybrid slice of folk/pop/stax, but without doubt, old Kevin Rowland took plagiarising a tad too far!
Here's the proof at long last: his former bandmate - Kevin too/2 - came up with the Too-Rye-ay sound first, but got pipped and ripped by Kevin 1.
I had long given up on the hope that BOB's missives would ever see the light of day in an official capacity, but suddenly, here they are in all their fine glory.
Buy now - you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Package, 23 Mar 2011
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I had heard maybe 2 tracks by the Blue Ox Babes and given my fanaticism for Dexys Midnight Runners, I wasnt too sure what to expect from Kevin Archer & Co. There was no way I expected to hear the fantastic tunes that rolled out one after another as I listened to the album and generous bonus tracks. This Kevin can definitely write one 'mean song' and the album is literally full of them. Great melodies coupled with fantastic instrumentation produces one of the best albums I have heard in a long time. The influence for Dexys' 'Too Rye Aye' shows up throughout this album and it is clear that Mr Archer was not short on inspiration and talent. Definitely a 5 star album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BLUE OX BABES apples & oranges, 10 Feb 2012
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Have had this CD one week.
Sneaky Pete - 100% bang on.
Me aged 52, bought Too- Rye- Ay on vinyl at the time.
Don't know the full history story with Dexys (yet.)
Can confirm this is one of the best, unexpected, fresh, beautiful CDs I have heard for a very long time.
(And I am not related or know any of the artists.)
I only stumbled across Aslan very late - most of the UK also missed them.
Feb 2012, I have stumbled across The Blue Ox Babes.
More than 43 people should be liking on Faceboook - (I was number 43.)
Fantastic.
Play it loud.
All the way to Russia in Winter.
And then play it again.
Best wishes Kevin.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dexy's Midnight Also-rans, 6 Aug 2009
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As one of the few people who bought the Blue Ox Babes' great white hope 'There's No Deceiving You' back in 1988, I was astonished to find this CD. I was equally astonished to learn from the sleevenotes that ex-Dexys guitarist and Babes founder Kevin Archer claims to have invented their celtic soul sound, only for his erstwhile band to steal his thunder and laugh all the way to the bank. Whatever the truth of it, it goes a long way to explaining why this bombed: 1988 was no longer 1982. The whole thing labours unders the shadow of Dexys, right down to the brass & fiddle flourishes and Archer's Rowland/Bolan-esque warble, and whilst there are some good tunes, not enough stands out - their version of Al Green's 'Take Me to the River' pales in comparison to Dexys' barnstorming soul covers, for example. 'There's No Deceiving You' was a great single but sadly I'm not surprised the album was pulled.
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