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MD ROBSON "michaelclunkie" (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK)

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The Buffets Vs the Buffy Medway's [7" VINYL]
The Buffets Vs the Buffy Medway's [7" VINYL]

3.0 out of 5 stars business as usual, 30 Mar. 2006
The latest Billy Childish comes in the shape of another split 45 - fondly recalling the heady days of Headcoats/Headcoatees double siders a decade ago - and vinyl debut from The Buffets - "a meal consisting of several spicy little dishes from which guests serve themselves featuring Sister Tiffany Lee Linnes - vocals and guitar (Ex Stuck-up's singer), Nurse Julie - bass and vocals (Chatham Singers) and Matron Bongo - drums and vocals (Ex Headcoatee/Dutronc/Speed Of Sound)" - with a nice little appetiser for forthcoming debut LP, "Saucy Jack", due at the end of the month. The Buffets cover the Buff Medways' 2003 Transcopic 45, "Just 15" (with guest headgirl and honorary Buffette, Ludella Black, ever present on vocals) and The Who's "Quick One" medley track, "Ivor The Engine", at feverish pace. Over on the flip, the Buff Medways provide more mid-60s highs with an antidote to The Kinks' mod crush, "David Watts", in "I'm Glad I'm Not Like David Wise" and another Childish/Hampshire original from Thee Milkshakes/Thee Mighty Caesars days, "What You Got". In other words, business as usual ...enough said.

Rosetta Hightower
Rosetta Hightower

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars seperating the soul in the voice from the soul on the shoe, 30 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Rosetta Hightower (Audio CD)
This wonderful recording - what basically amounts to a collection of Motown flavoured covers - slipped out, largely ignored, on the budget Rediffusion label sharing rack space with 'TOTP' and 'Hot Hits' compilations of the day. It always did deserve more attention, and its good to see RPM finally getting round to a welcome reissue. Ex-Orlons ("Don't Hang Up", "Spinning Top") vocalist, Rosetta Hightower came to the UK in the late 60s, recording two 45s for Vicki Wickham's short lived Toast label under the supervision of ace producer/arranger (and husband to be) Ian Green. Both 45s are included here as extra tracks, most notable being a fuzzy cover of Eddie Floyd's "Big Bird" which blows the original off the dancefloor even to this day. An LP for CBS followed, before a bevy of session work (alongside soul stalwarts such as Madeline Bell and Doris Troy) and this resulting LP followed in the early 70s. All interpretations wrap the originals in warm, soulful kisses but in a couple of instances - "I Don't Blame You At All" (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and "Every Little Bit Hurts" (Brenda Holloway) - go in for the big snog and actually surpass them. Maybe a Joss Stone or Corinne Bailey Rae should attempt something along these lines before they get too big for their boots - in a vain attempt to separate the soul in their voice from the soul on their shoe.

Swinging Mademoiselles
Swinging Mademoiselles
Price: £8.08

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paris in the the spring, 30 Mar. 2006
This review is from: Swinging Mademoiselles (Audio CD)
Soundtrack label Silva Screen goes all 'Paris in the the spring' with a compilation bearing only a passing resemblance to the two Sasha Monett vinyl collections from donkey's years ago. Elizabeth ("Je Suis Sublime"), Cosette ("Idealisation"), Clothilde ("Saperlipopette") and Cleo (Dutronc penned "Et Moi, Et Toi, Et Soie") are all present and sort of correct (the later track is miscredited to Clothilde), but there would be no surprise partie tous les jeunes without Jacqueline Taeib, and the original French versions of UK Fontana 45, "7:00AM" ("7 Heures Du Matin") and "Tonight I'm Going Home" ("Ce Soir Je M'En Vais"). Fans of kitschy wrong-side-of-Eurovision covers will lap up Delphine Desyeux's take on "I'm A Tiger" (the sleevenotes think this version "surpasses the original", but I think it lacks the playful pussy grrrrr that cat lover Lulu gave it) and Katy David's stompy ride through Tony Hatch's "Call Me" ("Plus Tard"- recalling Lulu's (we meet again) beaty uptempo Decca version rather than the swing of mademoiselle Petula Clark's original). All that's really missing are more informative (and accurate!) sleevenotes. Two paragraphs are wasted on telling us the history of rock 'n' roll; the rest get bogged down in a blurb about 'Ye-Ye' - which really isn't present in abundance here - and mentioning girls who aren't on the compilation anyway. Never mind. Take the sublime Elizabeth's advice and have this CD as the perfect soundtrack next time you're caught eating croissants in the bath.

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