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  • Audio CD (2 Feb. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B001NOMONI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Master Of The Revels
  2. Touch Has A Memory
  3. Have You Got A Biro I Can Borrow?
  4. Sunrise
  5. Frangipanni Was Her Flower
  6. The Rider To The World's End
  7. The Luck Of The Draw
  8. The Original Original Honky Tonk Night Train Blues
  9. Girl On The Train
  10. Tonight Your Love Is Over
  11. You Can't Expect To Be Remembered
  12. Laughing Boy
  13. Beware Of The Beautiful Stranger
  14. All I Ever DidBonus tracks:
  15. Be Careful When They Offer You The Moon
  16. A Man Who's Been AroundBonus demos:
  17. Have You Got A Biro I Can Borrow?
  18. Touch Has A Memory
  19. Sunrise
  20. The Luck Of The Draw
  21. Girl On The Train
  22. You Can't Expect To Be Remembered
  23. Laughing Boy
  24. All I Ever Did

Product Description

Product Description

*In 1973, legendary rock journalist Charles Shaar Murray included Clive James and Pete Atkin in a list of the best songwriters in Britain alongside David Bowie, Paul McCartney, the Bee Gees, Pete Townshend, Elton John, Jagger & Richards, and Roy Wood. At this time, Clive James was just embarking on his celebrated career as Observer TV critic, author and TV personality.
*Pete Atkin's `70s albums have for a long time been notoriously hard to find, but now at last Edsel is proud to present them all in definitive editions with brand new detailed notes by Clive and Pete themselves, all of Clive's remarkable lyrics, full discographical and session information, and many photos and documents not previously available (including Clive's own handwritten lyrics), together with rare demos and additional tracks wherever possible.
*Pete's first album was a breakthrough in 1970, and contains many of the songs that remain his fans' greatest favourites. The bonus tracks are from the second edition of the album, whilst the eight bonus demos only previously appeared on Pete's own privately-pressed album from 1969, of which there are only 99 copies!

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Format: Audio CD
Pete Atkin was required listening for those of us at University in the early Seventies. Lyrics by Clive James (yes, that Clive James) and Pete's music settings offered a winning combination.
Kenny Everett loved it, and played a good few tracks on air, as did John Peel, but the record shops never seemed to know how to describe the category. Folk? Rock? Pop? Well, yes, all of those, but somehow not precisely any of them. The enthusiasts bought all six albums they produced but it was not enough to keep them in business, so Clive went off to become a successful writer and television presenter. Pete forged a career as an award-winning BBC producer.

The musical faithful remained faithful and twenty years later a Derbyshire-based enthusiast developed a much-visited web-site celebrating the partnership's musical ouput.

The web-site provoked a major revival of interest and Demon/Edsel records have now re-issued the original material in all it's glory. The new CD's feature previously un-released demo versions plus the welcome addition of annotations of each track by Atkin and James. For those familiar with the songs it is a must-have. If you did not experience the literacy of the lyrics and the accompanying musical delights the first time round - do so now! You will not be disappointed.
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I have a vinyl copy of this album, but wanted to listen to it in the car, so looked for a CD as an alternative to transferring it myself. Finding that all of Pete Atkins's albums had been transferred to CD, with the addition of extensive notes from Pete and lyricist Clive James, and that they were going for a song (excuse the pun) made it a no-brainer to purchase. Classic singer-songwriter territory, and the notes provide some really great insights into how they were put together. I can't recommend this whole series of CDs highly enough.
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This CD brings together the first two Pete Atkin/Clive James albums from the early 70s, and these newly remastered versions feature comprehensive notes by the composers which add to the listening pleasure. 'Beautiful Stranger' shows it's relative weakness as a first album with them both still developing their craft, not helped by being produced on a shoe-string.'Mythical America' is far more confident and accomplished, the songs enhanced by a backing band of first-rate musicians. Pete Atkin is a strangely ignored genius of British music who perhaps paid the price for being too original. Not all the songs are perfect, but every one on these albums is an object lesson in song-writing that many current writers could listen to with benefit.
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By Alan C on 3 April 2013
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Heard this album back in the '70s. It's every bit as good as I remember. Beautiful Girl on the Train and Beautiful Stranger are my favourites. Words are great. Very clever and poignant. Pete's music and delivery is brilliant.
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