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5.0 out of 5 stars
Real To Reel (Remastered)
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on 3 July 2012
Feel the Montserrat heat... Climax in 1979. Forget other trends in music that had come and gone, Climax were still doing what they did best on Real To Reel, great songs, all manner of styles but ultimately all with that Climax sound.
For me it's not as complete an album as Shine On, but it does contain two tracks that are better than anything on the previous years offering. Summer Rain is a track I could listen to all day long, as the album was recorded in the heat of Montserrat, maybe the band were craving a little light rain to cool them down, Summer Rain has a delightfully lazy, loose groove that would not be out of place on Little Feat albums from the same era but has that Climax sax and guitar stamp all over it, a great lyric superbly sung by Pete Haycock. Magnificent. Children Of The Nightime is possibly Colin Cooper at his finest...as with Summer Rain the groove and the feeling in the song creates a mood that takes you right there, in this case right into the heart of the city, cruising on a Saturday night. The level is low, Colin's vocals are right down on the floor and his sax is positively steaming. Magnificent again. Lovin' Wheel and Long Distance Love are fine uptempo work-outs, bucking the possible trend that this album could have been totally laid back. Fallen In Love does move into that territory but is a fine ballad well sung by Pete Haycock, and adds nicely to over all balance of the album. Fat City doesn't quite hit the 'raucous' button as well as Champagne And Rock & Roll did on Shine On and falls a bit short, Money In Your Pocket kicks along nicely at a pace and was even better live, more of the sax and guitar interplay and a fine shared vocal. Crazy World has a nice lilt to it to round off the album.
Just a little disappointing that the songs weren't as consistently good as on Shine On, but the mood and feel of Real To Reel is very uplifting and 'of the time' - in a good way, and superb musicianship throughout, very much up to the usual Climax standard.
As I mentioned in my review of Shine On, it would've been nice to raid the Warners archives for the Miami Radio Show 79 for some live tracks to add to the CD, or a full release of that set would be very welcome.
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on 20 April 2016
This is a fantastic album a really great example of the music of the CBB . A word of warning - the tunes don't leave you when you stop listening you'll be singing them for hours after. I love it , from the retro cardboard album sleeve to the excellent musicianship .
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on 27 April 2013
Sounds Great and was delivered very quickly. It's about time that Climax Cds were reissued digitally. A very under rated band, especially for their older work.
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