- Label: MERCURY
- ASIN: B0045Z94ZI
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
dinner at the ritz LP
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Top Customer Reviews
Listening to the album today, however, proves conclusively that those who did discover this record back in 1976 were the lucky ones because they then had the chance to go to see the band playing live and experience the magic first hand for themselves.
To get an idea what this record sounds like, think progressive rock ('State Secrets' is actually a medley of songs), meets quirky lyrics, great guitar and keyboard work and some fabulous and varied vocals. Add a dash of sense of humour (the title track), three teaspoons of musical unpredictability and copious hard rockin' riffs and you get the picture, don't you?
No, you don't!
Well then, just BUY THIS and begin discovering and understanding one of the 1970's (and early 80's) most underrated bands for yourself. You won't regret it!
City Boy emerged on the scene at a time when the more artful wing of the art-rock brigade was crumbling. I, however, was still clinging on and these boys reminded me of many of my favorites like Bowie, Ronson, ELO, 10cc, Sparks, Queen and Be Bop Deluxe. But by 1977 Bowie was held captive by the German art machination, Bill Nelson was formulating the angular origins of New Wave, Queen was wallowing like pigs in their own filth, 10cc had lost their creative spark(s) in Godley and Creme, Sparks were becoming increasingly intrigued by disco and Jeff Lynne de"orchestra"ted his band. That left City Boy as king of the hill, at least in my mind. Their harmony vocals, lead guitar and unconventional lyrics borrowed from many of the above bands' more creative periods. They weren't a perfect band but continued in the art rock path that its predecessors had already forsaken. And that was fine by me.
City Boy should have been massive - shades of 10CC and Queen - but somehow (apart from one hit single), never made the big time. I saw them live at the time this album came out, and they were a great act - wonder what they're all doing now?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably the best second album for any band. They have maintained their identity from their first album, with cheeky rock balladsPublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Robin
Very exciting stuff on this album, it copletely blew me of my chair. I knew a few of the songs which I hadn't heard for many years. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2013 by Oli Hans Poulsen