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Patchy - but "Black Ice" more than makes up for it!!!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Living Legends (Audio CD)
The final Showaddywaddy album with the original (1973-1985) line-up: Dave Bartram, Romeo Challenger, Trevor Oakes, Rod Deas, Al James, Russ Field, Buddy Gask & Malcolm Allured - "Living Legends" was released in 1983 on RCA.
The first single "Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)" had reached the Top 40 in September 1982, and proved to be the band's last TOTP performance. The other two singles - "Goody Goody" and "(You're My) Soul & Inspiration" - missed the charts completely, but they are actually both excellent tracks.
The songs on the album are very patchy - great tracks like "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me", "Run For Your Life" and "Foolin' Around With My Heart" sit next to complete rubbish like "Don't Bring Me Down" and "It's So Easy" which sound tired, and are lacking the trademark Showaddywaddy energy and fun.
One of the b-sides included on this CD as a bonus track ("I Want You To Be My Girl") is a perfectly-formed acoustic pop song that should have been on the original album - at least it's included now for all to hear.
The highlight of this CD re-issue is the inclusion of lead singer Dave Bartram's 1983 solo single "Black Ice" / "Excitement" released on Utopia Records, and co-written / produced by Phil Wainman. This reached number 78 in February 1983 during a 4 week chart run, and should have been a massive hit. It has all of the energy lacking in the album, and both tracks are superb songs. If only Dave's solo album had actually been released at the time as well...sadly this will now probably never happen.
Following "Living Legends" fans had to wait until 1987 for a new release from the band - the greatest hits album "The Best Steps To Heaven" featuring a brand new track - the single "Why?"
The next all-new album release was "Jump Boogie & Jive" in March 1991.
Thanks a thousand times to Cherry Red / 7Ts for making these albums available again - it's fantastic to have them on CD after many years of waiting!
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2015 19:37:37 BDT
Graham Goodall says:
Dave's solo album DID happen ! Check it out - called "Lost and Found"
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