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*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!
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Witty lyrics (from Clive James) brilliant music and arrangements from Pete Atkin. It's an aquired taste but then you're hooked.Published on 7 May 2014 by Baz
Bought this on vinyl when fisrt released in the 60's. Have always loved it so great to finally have it on CD and at such a reasonable price.Published on 2 Aug. 2011 by Soreneck
Having found the original Vinyl, in the loft one day, it was a pleasant surprise to find I could get the cd. Although Atkin is, by far, a better poet than singer/performer. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2011 by Tedious