More female vocals from purveyors of fine, folk rock, All About Eve. Tapping into the current zeitgeist surrounding “Game Of Thrones” and all things pagan, this would have been massive if released now. “What Kind Of Fool” is almost soundtrack in terms of production quality and when it kicks in!(Note to self – find the CD version coz this is vinyl bit knackered!) Produced by ex- Yardbirds, Paul Samwell-Smith and engineer Tony Phillips this version has more strings and seems a bit of a timeless classic to these old ears.
“Gold And Silver” out strums Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive” and takes off into gentle rock territory. “The Garden Of Jane Delawney” , originally recorded by the band Trees in 1970, is mournfully delivered by Julianne Regan, powerful stuff!
Mercury – EVENX 9
||What Kind Of Fool (Autumn Rhapsody)
||Gold And Silver
||The Garden Of Jane Delawney
Featuring the superb voice of Eddi Reader and the brilliant arrangements of Mark E Nevin, Fairground Attraction had a massive hit with “Perfect” and this was the follow up single. Using traditional instruments and a bossa nova rhythm, producer Kevin Moloney (Comsat Angels, Sinéad O’Connor) helped them build this gentle, but catchy. Off the album “First of a Million Kisses” At the time I thought it was pretentious fluff and that it was to be avoided but my ears have matured. With accordian by Kim Burton and mandolin by Anthony Thistlethwaite it screams Summer sun. The jazzy “Watching The Party” has a Soweto style swing to it. B-sides contain a cover and an adaption. Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” (Crackles apart) Reader nailing the vocal and a Robbie Burns poem set to music, “Ay Fond Kiss,” beautiful!
RCA – PT 42080
||Find My Love
||Watching The Party
||You Send Me
||Ay Fond Kiss