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Tom & Jerry man gets sweary....,
This review is from: Songs From The Capeman (Audio CD)
Much maligned for it's commercial failure on the stage, Paul Simon's "The Capeman" stands up well in this context as a collection of mostly winsome songs.
The doo-wop style cuts here are mostly irresistable. Hearing Mr Simon trying to swear like he means it is slightly incongruous for a man who wrote "Feeling Groovy". Tracks like "Bernadette" and "Quality" sound like the 1950s themselves and are very good.
"The Vampires" is a bit embarrassing. "Killer Wants To Go To College" sounds like it's from a musical which is a bit of an unfair criticism - given that it - but it doesn't stand up all that well as a song.
The greatest track on this whole enterprise is the gloriously bewildered "Trailways Bus" which evokes Paul Simon at his very best.
Not a bad collection, uneven yet well-intentioned in some places.
As with all of Paul Simon's work, the quality of the songwriting and musicianship, as ever, shines through.
It would appear from this collection of songs that the show did not deserve to fail, when you think of the rubbish that goes on year in year out on London's West End stages.
Maybe the whole project will be re-visited at some point?