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This review is from: A Darker Bloom: The Blue Orchids Collection (Audio CD)
I wasn't familiar with the Blue Orchids music prior to this compilation- they'd been quoted on the sleeve to Julian Cope's Autogeddon and I knew the name being a Fall fan- but I never heard a record. I'll blame chain shops who don't stock a wide enough variety of music. Now with this compilation on Cherry Red, those chain shops can stock this 19-track overview of the Blue Orchids career.
I was familiar with Martin Bramah, who lest not forget played on three of the best Fall albums (coincidence that!): Live at the Witch Trials, Extricate & Shiftwork. The sleevenotes by Marc 'Lard' Riley (also ex-Fall, though isn't everyone?) sold me this midprice reissue.
This cd is packed with 70-odd minutes of greatness, a blend of tight psychedelia and on-the-spot repetition. The Blue Orchids ought to be viewed on the same cool cult level as Julian Cope's 1st two solo albums or anything by Felt.
The more I listen to this, the more it reveals itself- loads of great songs Bad Education, Sun Connection, Work, The House that Faded Out, Tighten My Belt. My fave has to be A Year with No Head- "spent a year with no head/I Felt fine"- how great is that? This album warrants a place in anyone's record collection- if your world can include the Velvets, The Fall, Orange Juice & The Go Betweens, it has room for this.