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This review is from: Oasis (Audio CD)
Cast your mind back to the mid 80s and you might vaguely recall hearing a song called 'I wonder why' played on Radio 2 if you listened to that station at the time. It may have sounded like a Peter Skellern solo piece which on the face of it, it did sound like. Dig deeper, and you'll discover an album and band called Oasis (before the Oasis)full of top class musicianship and truly soothing, relaxing music.
Featuring Peter Skellern, Mary Hopkin, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Bill Lovelady and Mitch Dalton, this album did spend 15 weeks in the charts peaking at no.23 so not a total flop. But it could have been much bigger and were it not for a planned tour being cancelled due to Mary's illness, it surely would. Now it's one of those albums 'unavailable' and more's the pity.
The album kicks off with an instrumental 'Prelude' with Lloyd-Webber's cello much to the fore before launching into the wonderful 'If this be the last time' with Hopkin and Skellern dueting and singing harmony. 'I wonder why' is just Skellern and it's one of only two songs penned by Lovelady on the album. The bouncy 'Hold me' follows with Hopkin and Skellern again alternating on verses. The soothing title track follows next and it's a dreamy sound. 'Sirocco' (the other Lovelady track) is a two part affair with an instrumental first half followed by repeated vocal in spanish (I think). The best track on the album is the wonderful 'Who knows' with alternate verses from Hopkin and Skellern and then the two singing in counterpoint. The band performed this song live on BBCs 'Pebble Mill' at the time. Hopkin sings the next track 'Weavers of Moonbeams' to great effect, a lovely melody. The penultimate track 'Loved and Lost' is a moving instrumental with much rich cello playing from Lloyd-Webber. The final track is the classic song from High Society 'True Love' and it's probably the best rendition I have ever heard.
Buy this (if you can) if you like relaxing music and let's hope that it's made more widely available soon.