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Living Legends

Living Legends

1 Jul 2013
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  • Original Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Label: Edsel
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Demon Music Group Ltd.
  • Total Length: 37:08
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  • ASIN: B00DHH8GGI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,165 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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Admittedly a patchy album with some good moments and a few songs that have a definite 80s sound but showed some possible new directions I guess had they carried on with more regular album releases. Overall it's good to have on CD but it does seem to have been transferred from a vinyl copy. Some songs sound ok but from to time there's the occasional moment that has a definite "vinyl" sound, even on the album tracks themselves (as opposed to the B-sides). Soul and Inspiration, Goody Goody and Sorry I ran all the way in particular suffer from some distortion.

It's good to see all the albums resurface on CD, particularly with some new sleeve notes and photos/single sleeves, which is more than you get on some big selling classic albums on CD! Would be even better if the original tapes could be found and used for a remaster.
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I had this album on tape for years and eventually wore it out so I was delighted to find it on CD
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The final album recorded while the original 8 piece band were still intact, from 1983. Interesting sleeve artwork, the record was to be called 'AD83' but changed at the last minute, hence the vinyl labels had the old title printed on them. AD83 would have fitted better thinking back but hindsight & all that......
As far as the tracks go there are some really good ones such as 'Little Old Wine Drinker Me' & 'Soul & Inspiration' but some stinkers too such as 'Run For Your Life' & 'Don't Bring Me Down'. The band were trying to move with the times, a more electronic sound, but they should have stuck with what they do best. Nice to see it on CD at last, together with bonus tracks too.
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