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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pigeon in the Blue Danube, 23 Dec 2013
This review is from: Mouldy Old Dough (Audio CD)
For years, it felt as if I was banging a lone drum for the works of Lieutenant Pigeon and their alter-ego, Stavely Makepeace. Their 1972 no. 1 hit, 'Mouldy Old Dough' seemed to be fading fast from the public memory until it started getting regular exposure at banger race meetings, and lone celebrity voices such as Jarvis Cocker and Chris Evans began raving about it. I have long been a fan of their unusual, experimental recordings, often made at home, and this CD brings together 10 tracks from their first album, 'Mouldy Old Music', plus 5 others from 45s. For me the standout track is 'The Blue Danube', given the Pigeon double-piano, whistle, bass and drums treatment in a groovy production that sneaks in a bit of phasing - very effective. Elsewhere, there's a clarinet track ('I'll Sail My Ship Alone') that reminds me of Acker Bilk, 'Auntie May' that sounds like Syd Barrett, the earthy humour of 'Dirty Old Man' and the two big hits, 'Mouldy Old Dough' and 'Desperate Dan'.

I would love the group to be given the deluxe reissue treatment sometime, meaning decent artwork with plenty of photos, memorabilia and sleeve notes, something rather lacking on their CD releases. But at least long-term fans of the group can now get a good deal of their work on CD, something I never thought would happen.
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