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John Otway Wild Willy Barrett + Deep & Meaningless
 
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John Otway Wild Willy Barrett + Deep & Meaningless

12 Jun. 2007 | Format: MP3

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John Otway is a witty and insightful songwriter, and is only now beginning to achieve the recognition he has always deserved for the quality of his songs. Recent awards such as "Nation's Seventh Favourite Lyricist" and Virgin's recognition of "Deep and Meaningless" as one of the top 50 albums of the last century are long overdue accolades.
The overall feel of the two albums comprising this CD is fresh and joyous, and the tracks are ordered in such a way that you are whisked up by the perky "Misty Mountain" and taken off on an emotional roller coaster for almost 70 minutes of pure pleasure. Some of the songs, like "Josephine" and "To Anne" are achingly beautiful whilst others, like "Really Free" and "Oh My Body Is Making Me" are hilariously funny. This is John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett making music that is all their own - no formula, no identifiable musical genre, just superb songs plucked from the head of the astonishing Otway and given wings by Barrett's musical arrangements.
Absolutely superb, the best CD in my collection and I've got over 300. Oh, hang on a minute though, Otway's "Premature Adulation" is possibly even better.......
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This CD would be worth five stars if all it had on it was the wonderful "Bluey Green" - one of the most moving ballads I have ever heard. I fell in love with this song 20 years ago an it still makes me stop and wonder at the beauty of the lyrics and the subtleness of the music. The rest of the tracks are bloody fantastic as well, but Bluey Green is to die for. Get this album - make your collection complete.
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Otway and Barrett are perhaps best known for their somewhat bizarre two-man rock numbers, with Otway's vocals fronting (very) heavy Barrett guitar. Included is their "hit" - "Really Free", and it's B-side, the innovative "Beware of the Flowers". However, Otway's songwriting skills are best demonstrated on the quieter tracks such as "Gypsy", "Geneve" and "Josephine"; songs that are so powerful that it is a wonder that the duo have not received wider acclaim or better known artists have not produced cover versions. This CD contains 21 tracks that were originally released as two full length vinyl LPs so it represents excellent value for money. Highly recommended!
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Like most I remember these two boys for their 1977 hit "Really Free" and the even better B side "Beware of the Flowers". Then John resurfaces with "Bunsen Burner" and I buy it so what about his old stuff ? so I buy this CD as well ... I play it once "Hey Baby that's really Free..." I play it twice and it now gets played only weekly ... ! Absolutely great music and lyrics .. most tracks are more folk rock than punk ... but a real treat for us Seventies Children ... !
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It's hard to believe that 'Deep & Meaningless' first appeared over 20 years ago. It is still an amazing album as shown by its listing in Virgin.nets' 'Top 50 Albums of the Century' . Otway is in excellent company with Van Morrison, Dylan and The Beatles amongst other icons of the age.
In October l999 one of the tracks from this album - 'Beware of the Flowers'was voted No 7 in 'The Nations Favourite Lyrics' commissioned by the BBC for National Poetry Week. - Listen to the beauty of 'Josephine', the melancholy of 'Schnot', the energy of 'Racing Cars' and the tongue in cheek sadness of 'Cheryl' and you'll understand why 'Deep & Meaningless' has remained in the hearts of so many people. Take a chance - buy it and love it !
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If you were ever lucky enough to see these guys play live in the 70's, you already know how good they are. If you didn't, buy the album anyway, and give yourself the kind of treat that doesn't happen very much any more.
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