- Super Hot Stamper or better sound on both sides of this Arty Glam Rock album
- Produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange before he hit it big with Foreigner and Def Leppard
- As far as I know Mr Lange never produced an album that sounds this good
- Plenty of Tubey Magical richness, which only the UK Vertigo pressings seem to have
Like many of my personal favorites, this is a band that never caught on in the states. I saw them live back in the late ’70s and thought they were killer — they reminded me of a more accessible version of 10cc. They write amusingly witty, clever lyrics and mate them to catchy melodies with lots of pop hooks, all produced with meticulous care and engineered with top audiophile sound.
They might fit in the general category of Glam Rock, owing, as they do, so much to Supertramp, Badfinger, Queen, 10cc, Ziggy-period Bowie and the like, but even as I write that it seems unfair to the band, which had a unique style all its own, worthy of the respect and admiration due any of these artists (well, maybe not all the respect, but some of it anyway). Fortunately for us record lovers, this is their best album. (more…)