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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercurial Genius
There weren't many artists shunning electronic instruments in 1986. This brilliant debut married infectious songwriting to timeless analogue production and originality worthy of Kevin Coyne, early Bowie or Syd Barrett. Sadly the world at the time cared only for Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Simply Red and Sting, with MS&D relegated to student fare. Mind you, the group didn't...
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3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: Wonderful album spoilt by tinkering...
This album was and still is one of my favourites from 1986.
I originally bought it on vinyl having seen the Daintees live on many occasions around that time.

The songs are pure quality and were captured perfectly by Gil Norton's (Bunnymen, Pixies) production.

Its all here from mellow Jazz, to country to rock and roll and the lyrics are just pure...
Published on 18 Aug 2006 by moldyolddough


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mercurial Genius, 18 Dec 2008
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This review is from: Boat To Bolivia (Audio CD)
There weren't many artists shunning electronic instruments in 1986. This brilliant debut married infectious songwriting to timeless analogue production and originality worthy of Kevin Coyne, early Bowie or Syd Barrett. Sadly the world at the time cared only for Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Simply Red and Sting, with MS&D relegated to student fare. Mind you, the group didn't exactly help the cause with the obscure title, stylised & out of focus front cover and wilfully eclectic song choice. In my view, the follow-up, Gladsome Humour and Blue flows far better as an album. But with superb tracks like Crocodile Cryer, Little Red Bottle, Rain and Running Water, this is a joyous and timeless collection of great songs.

For no particularly obvious reason, this reissue also contains a 'best of the Kitchenware albums' second disc - maybe for those returning 1986 fans who never bothered to make a follow-on purchase all those years ago? It's more of a sampler than a best of really, and Kitchenware are still clearly convinced that their desperate, cod-sophisticated remaster of Wholly Humble Heart improves on the perfection of the original.

Anyway, lie back, absorb and imagine a world where genius like this gets recognised and Bryan Adams, Sting, Phil Collins et al are reduced to playing private parties for cash on the side. And this is the perfect soundtrack album for any wishful daydreams.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 7 Jan 2007
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Been a fan for 20 years and never get sick of listening to this album. Now its on CD don't need to worry about damaging the vinyl. Some differences from the big black disc I bought back in 87 but what the hell - its a fantastic album.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE: Wonderful album spoilt by tinkering..., 18 Aug 2006
This review is from: Boat to Bolivia (Audio CD)
This album was and still is one of my favourites from 1986.
I originally bought it on vinyl having seen the Daintees live on many occasions around that time.

The songs are pure quality and were captured perfectly by Gil Norton's (Bunnymen, Pixies) production.

Its all here from mellow Jazz, to country to rock and roll and the lyrics are just pure genius, from a man with a big heart and plenty of stories to tell.

I thought it was time to buy this classic album on cd, especially with the enticement of extra tracks like Troubletowm and Roll on Summertime.

However these are demo versions which pale next to the original singles recordings. It is a shame that these were not included
instead as to my knowledge they have not yet been made available on cd. I can only think that these recordings could not be used for copyright reasons.

This you can live with I guess as the actual songs shine through and even in their demo forms it is better to have them there than not at all.

However the real problem comes in the middle of the actual album itself. I could not beleive my ears when it got to one of my favourite tracks 'Piece of the Cake' and instead of the beautiful
version that appears on the original album you now get a substandard demo recording of the song (apparently recorded around the same time as the bonus tracks). This ruins the whole mood and flow of an otherwise perfect album. I would really like to know the reasoning for this apparent tinkering. There is room on the cd to have included this version at the end and left the original tracklist intact. Leaving out the actual album version altogether seems absurd.

In short by all means buy this cd, but if you have an original version keep hold of it. Maybe one day this wonderful album will
get the reissue it deserves and be restored to it former glory and perhaps the superior versions of the bonus tracks could be included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a classic, 6 Oct 2010
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So good to hear this again! It's a timeless album and worth buying for an old fan or a new one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finish the collection., 11 Feb 2009
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Whilst not as commercially great as Gladsome, Humour and Blue, this album is a must to complete your understanding of where Mr. Stephenson came from. Slightly more 'real' and soulful. Take it like a tin of Golden Syrup. Long and slow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pure gold, 14 Aug 2009
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Mr. Darren Pickhaver "dazpick" (cornwall ,England) - See all my reviews
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Put simply the best album ever made.If you are serious about true honest music buy this album you will not be dissapointed. Martin Stephenson and the Daintees were a real breath of fresh air at the end of the eighties with a cross over between country ,pop ,folk and rockabilly with a little reggea thrown in at the end with the tile track boat to boliva. This album changed my view of music forever and for that Martin I thankyou!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I remember, I remember..., 26 Sep 2013
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T. Miller (Sunderland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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Odd to start with a quote from a Coventry-born poet but there is a connection and it has to be the sheer poetry in this fabulous album that perhaps one's younger self didn't fully appreciate at the time in watching and listening to the boys back in the dirty eighties - Edinburgh 'Coaster's Club' springs to mind, great show and as one other reviewer pointed out, great stand-up, too, after which Martin generously offered me a lift back to Sunderland afterwards and I watched that seriously musical face playing chess in the back of the van with one of the Dunn brothers...priceless! Cheers, mate - unforgotten, as indeed is this fine collection of songs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't catch a boat to Bolivia!!!, 29 July 2013
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Heard this again recently and just couldn't get it out of my head.
Old saddo taken back to my youth lost my old vinyl copies and just had to buy this. would love a Martin Stephenson revival........................
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5.0 out of 5 stars 27 years later, 4 Mar 2013
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An almost forgotten gem hidden in my vinyl collection, my memory was stirred when I was trawling the site, so after almost 30 years I bought it again - superb! (As was the case with most Kitchenware releases at that time.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovely album, 1 Feb 2013
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had this on vinyl many moons ago

now ive got it on CD, and it's still a very good album :)
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