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This review is from: Gaucho (Audio CD)
I was introduced to Gaucho by a friend in 1980/81, about the time it came out. I'd heard bits and pieces of the 'Dan' before then....reelin in the years and do it again which I thought was ok but I was probably more into zeppelin, sabbath, lizzy etc at the time. What impressed me about Gaucho was its relaxed feel. It was something that I played before going to sleep and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Anyway, I lost the tape but there was something about it that got inder my skin and Gaucho sat on my mental list of 'music to purchase for ages.
Since early 1980's I have heard other Dan stuff (can't claim to be a Dan 'head' but loved Can't buy a thrill, esp. Elliott Randall'ssuperb guitar work on reelin.... and 'kings,' and also loved other bits and pieces like 'Black Friday' Show Biz Kids' Rikki... etc, and by the same token there was a fair bit that I Wasn't too crazy about (most of 'aja' for example.....and I hope some crazed Dan fan doesn't accuse me of blasphemy!!)..........that's my 'Dan' experience in a larger than intended nutshell
.....When 'Gaucho' dropped through the letter box, I played it almost immediatley in anticipation of the sublime bass groove of 'babylon sisters' - I thought that was becker playing but its not, and it was every bit as cool as in 1981, but I couldn't stop and probably haven't had the cd off in the last 3 weeks. My favourites are babylon,,,hey nineteen and the deliciously melodic but bittersweet lyric of Gaucho, but all the way through there isn't a 'dud' tune. The lyrics, the musicianship and the feel of the music are second to none. New first choice Dan album for me....that's the one to take to a desert island if limited to one (if 2, then closely followed by Can't buy a thrill.....hey, I might even re-approach 'aja' with a fresh set of ears. As for 'Gaucho' - do yerself a favour, go on and buy it....swap 'Physical Graafitti' for it if you have to!! (Now THAT is Blasphemy!!!)