on 3 July 2013
Although overshadowed by his work as Jack Bruce's lyricist in Cream and the remarkable series of twelve Bruce solo albums from 1969 - 2003, Pete Brown has had a very well respected parallel career producing solo albums since 1969.
Party in the Rain was Browns 4th solo album, and his last one until 1991. Somewhat forgotten after having a very limited initial release on vinyl.
Although credited to Brown and then songwriting partner Ian Lynn, it is actually a record by Back to Front, the band they formed in 1974. And very good it is too.
This CD issue features 5 superb bonus tracks, and reveals Brown searching for a more sophisticated & mature audience than perhaps his early albums suggested. For whatever reason he gave up (punk perhaps?), and took singing lessons, but make no mistake this album has worn very well and gives dinosaur rock a good name. It does very much point the way to his 90s comeback with the excellent albums Ardours of the Lost Rake/Coals to Jerusalem.
This remains my favourite Pete Brown album, and he has not produced a bad one, and is much more than the missing chapter it appears. He also was a better singer than he gave himself credit for