Very much a product of 1973. As I mentioned on my review of Not A Little Girl Anymore, I'm a fan of John Martyn's music of the time. This album has a similar feel in places, thanks to the Vibraphone and Danny Thompson's wonderful bass, but is more diverse than JM's output, and of course the two artists do not really deserve comparison.
Other reviews of Linda Lewis CDs talk about quirky lyrics. They are a little twee in places but that's part of the charm of this disc. An album is the sum of the parts however and I really like the songs, playing and production.
Interestingly the track order is not the same as the product listing and also not the same as the original LP. The booklet notes explain that the opening track on side two of the LP (Play Around) was not intended for the record originally so it is moved down the order of the cd - the ordering done by Linda herself as part of the re-visit to the material. For me the order works either way - and that's as someone who has only recently (early 2012) heard the record for the first time. If you are a vinyl junkie however I can't see that the original LP order can be beaten - side one opening with the title track which is actually quite prog-rockish. The first side finishes with Kingman Tinman which again could keep prog rockers happy and I reckon could have even inspired Kate Bush. Side one closes with the lovely intertwined guitar and piano play of 'Lullabye'.
Then after a natural break as you flip the disc, kicking off again with the energy of 'Play Around'.
The bonus tracks are the last three listed. My favourite of these is 'Safe and Sound' which fits so well and lifts the cd to near perfect. It was originally the b-side to 'Sideway Shuffle', another of the bonus tracks, which was a (hit) single released after the album. The third bonus is a demo of 'Red Light Ladies'.
The CD booklet is very good with input from Linda and musician/producer/partner Jim Cregan but if you want the lyrics you'll have to invest in a nice original die-cut sleeve vinyl album!
Linda wrote all the tracks (sharing credits with Jim Cregan on 'Fathoms Deep' and 'Safe and Sound'. It is a shame that the record execs did not have faith in her to contribute as much to later albums.
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