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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully mature debut (and sadly, their final) album, 20 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Cado Belle (Audio CD)
A mere 37 years after its release, I've finally got around to reviewing this album - apologies for the delay!

I must stress that I've based this review upon my own vinyl copy of the musical content of the album and not the exact reproduction of the original tape of any CD copy!

I bought this album on vinyl in 1976 after hearing a couple of the tracks on the radio - and I have to say, I was and have never been, disappointed. This is simply a wonderfully mature debut album from a perfect gem of a musical ensemble, topped off by the vocal talents of Maggie Reilly who is, surely, one of Scotland's most under-rated singers?

Sadly, it was to be not only the band's debut album but also their final album - the reasons for which I am unable to explain. In my opinion, Cado Belle were so much better than this, their one and only album.

Released on the relatively short-lived Anchor Records label and produced by the one-time Fleetwood Mac producer Keith Olsen this album is as smooth as silk in musical attributes. Members of Kokomo, Paddie McHugh and Frank Collins, along with Reilly contribute to backing vocals. Indeed, there are definite similarities between Cado Belle, and their contemporaries, Kokomo.

All the songs were composed either by the band's keyboard player Stuart Mackillop (6 of 10 tracks) or their saxophonist (and flautist) Colin Tully (4 of 10 tracks) with lyrics by Alisdair Robertson - though "Got To Love", one of the album's up beat dance tracks is solely the work of Mackillop.

Highlights are the dance tracks, "That Kind Of Fool", "Airport Shutdown", the aforementioned "Got To Love" but, the soulful ballads "Stones Throw From Nowhere","Paper In The Rain", along with "Rocked To Stony Silence", cannot be dismissed from the musical content either.

The rhythm section of drummer, Davy Roy, bass player Gavin Hodgson, Mackillop and guitarist Alan Darby is spot on, tight but never flash. Solos from Darby and Tully are kept to a minimum and allow the songs and Reilly to shine.

All in all, one cannot argue with the musical quality captured on tape here and I understand there may be issues with the quality of the CD reproduction in other reviews but, I hope readers will comprehend that I am reviewing the original vinyl album. If you can get that, I'm fairly confident that the buyer wouldn't be disappointed. Recommended.
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2013 00:05:23 GMT
spankytown says:
not that anyone will know what I'm talking about or care, but jim mullen takes a solo on one track on this record, which was recorded around the time he played in the great original kokomo lineup. glad i could add to the drama surrounding the thriving cado belle debate.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2013 18:42:03 GMT
SMc says:
Hello Spankytown

That's probably "Got To Love", the penultimate track ?
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