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Catalogue number 5101-11881-2 on the Warner Platinum label with the following tracks: 1> Bang Bang [3:19], 2> Knocked It Off [3:24], 3> To Be Or Not To Be [3:19], 4> Kool In The Kaftan [3:31], 5> Hold Me (with Maggie Bell) [2:54], 6> Gonzo For My Girlfriend [2:40], 7> Eat Your Heart Out Sandy Nelson [2:01], 8> Fallin' In Love [3:01], 9> She's A Beezer [2:45], 10> Man Or A Mouse [2:22], 11> Goosebumps [2:31], 12> Bully For You [2:46], 13> Flight 19 [3:36], 14> Dart Vader [3:36], 15> Maggie [2:36], 16> Growing Old's Unhealthy [3:18], 17> Hey Presto [3:14], 18> In The Bar At the Munich Hilton [3:44], 19> Turn The Volume Down [2:53], 20> Home Sweet Home [2:56].
Top Customer Reviews
Like any compilation there will always be room for argument as to what should have been included (where's Saint Saens? Sci-Fi? Hot Shot?) but this is a decent starting point worth it for "To Be or Not To Be", "Fallin' In Luv", "Flight 19" and "Maggie" alone.
Warner Brothers should now do the decent thing, get the finger out and release all the original albums.
And even if this compilation were easily available I'd still be muttering where on earth his best number had disappeared to. SAINT SAENS and FLIGHT 19 are classic pop songs with great hooks and melodies - but the former ain't anywhere to be seen on the tracklisting, so thank God for the latter.
Okay, BANG BANG (where north of the border becomes south of the Thames, accentwise), TO BE OR NOT TO BE and KOOL IN THE KAFTAN demonstrate the guy was a quirky individual with a good sense of humour and a neat turn of note, but it's a shame he didn't enjoy a more significant and memorable time at the top; he definitely had more to offer, even as a semi-regular on saturday morning kids tv.
Some of the contents on this cd are pretty disposable, but the above - which account for the star rating - are well worth adding to your back-catalogue. Reaching a peak with the excellent album BULLY FOR YOU (currently unavailable, sadly), B.A. Robertson deserves better than being just an historical footnote in pop culture. I like to think a more considered compilation will be released one day, with lots of sleevenotes and stuff - though probably best not to hold our collective breaths too soon. Either way, check him out on YouTube, see what you think.
Luckily, it was also accompanied by another favourite of mine "The Munich Hilton Bar", complete with slinky spy music and wonderful background sound effects. The lyrics on every track on this album are extremely witty and well thought out. It really pays to sit back and listen to them in depth, rather than to have them as background music.
A great album, well written, well played and (thanfully) now available on CD.
Then there's the holes (which on a CD that runs 61 minutes is a bit bizarre...unless, of course, the label was planning to release the complete albums at a later date [hah! don't hold your breath...]): where's Saint Saens? And surely there has to be another track or two worth reviving/preserving from "R&BA", his third album?
So okay, I know I sound like an obsessive nutcase - guilty as charged, not only for moaning about a six-year-old deleted product, but for criticising one that digitizes the bulk of two fantastic intelli-pop albums otherwise as unobtainable as a local rate equivalent for an 0844 number (UK reference there, for the RoW). But I care about my BA (not that he needs caring about, he's doing just fine without us). I even treasure the special connection I imagined we had because I bought my first flat from the guy who took the photographs for his album covers (send me down, I said I'm guilty).
I just wanted to share the pricey comedown I've experienced, to forewarn anyone else shelling out. But until you're offered Asylum CDs of "Initial Success", "Bully For You" or "R&BA" in full (and not vile-sounding vinyl rips), this compilation'll have to do, imperfect as it turns out to be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Benn waiting many years to get this CD and definitely not disappointedPublished 12 months ago by Patrick J. M. O'sullivan
Sadly the CD was only released for day, but not due to the RECORD COMPANY thinking there was no market!!! B. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carl
there has to mistake with this cd 129 thats bloddy dear nobody is going to buy if for that pricePublished 17 months ago by jack delaney
Great idea to put items you are looking for in the wish list, but I thought i'd wait to see the price before ordering.Published on 21 July 2014 by Amazon Customer
This was a hard album to find at a realistic price This guy only had acouple of hits but was big back stagePublished on 23 Mar. 2014 by Peter Brookman
I brought this last month very rare kool in the kaftan is my favourite song of his i also likePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by paul david hurst
I grew up listening to B A Robertson and have looked long and hard for this cd and have never managed to find it so I was really glad when I found Amazon had finally managed to get... Read morePublished on 30 Aug. 2009 by Andrew Scott