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'A Long Overdue Collection But One That Equally Proves Why Success Was Short-Lived'
on 29 April 2010
Giving this cd only three stars I have to admit I feel like a bit of an old skin flint... The problem is, however, that strictly on the overall quality of the music contained on this cd that is all 'A String Of Pearl's' is worth. Sure, tracks like 'You Came, You Saw, You Conquered', 'Third Finger, Left Hand' and 'Guilty' are all bona-fide 70's pop classics but it has to be said that a lot of the other material on show here is pretty mediocre.
What is excellent about this release though is the fact that it finally gives The Pearls long overdue credit for their contribution to the 1970's music scene. Neither Bell nor Private Stock records ever chose to commission an album by the girls and considering the strength of some of their earliest material, they were undeserving of such a fate. It has to be said, however, that this was not unusual at the time as the singles market was a much preferred medium for so called 'pop music' acts by the record companies in the 70's.
For me though, the last classic Pearls single was 'Guilty' and to these ears it is no surprise that the thinly disguised re-make 'The Wizard Of Love' bombed. While the quality of the girls performances never drops here the quality of the songs does and a lot of the material toward the latter half of this album sounds either suspiciously like 'another 70's hit record you can't put your finger on' or yet another attempt to re-make 'Guilty' with different words.
This said, there are a number of plusses about this release. 'Pass It On' is catchy, the inclusion of two previously unreleased acetate recordings ('Bye Bye Love' and 'A Lovers Concerto') adds appeal for existing fans and collectors and the cd booklet tells the girls story in an interesting way. Packed with information, photos and nostalgia it will really add to your listening experience if, like me, you still like to buy your music in the physical format, play the cd and have a read...
So then, if you don't own any of the girls classic records buy this right away but if you want a cd to listen to throughout without having to press the skip button, you may need to think again.