relationship with Funky Junction
of the record (And Side 2!)
of our review!
(This was originally written in
1996. No significant changes have been made.)
Fairly short running time. Five Purple
numbers and four others - the others are credited to
"Leo Muller", the German producer of the album.
Side 1 (remember, this
A cheap nasty effect stands in for the air
conditioner at the start. The drumming is very
good, and that's important for this tune. The
production sounds cheap - obviously a low-budget
job. The vocalist is very clear - you can pick up
every word - but he doesn't sound a bit like Big
Ian. The guitarist attempts to imitate Ritchie's
solo, but comes out with something which makes me
think of a kid making funny noises with a
stretched elastic band! The organ solo flashes
across the speakers in the exaggerated stereo
that a lot of very cheap records have. Knowing
now that it's Lynott, I've just listened to the
bass for the first time, and it's damn good. (Even
after listening to the original for 25 years, in
1996 I didn't know that the solo in the middle of
Fireball is a bass
All soundbites are in 32.5Kbps RealAudio.
seconds, 104 Kbytes)
- a lively start to the album
112K) - bass solo &
part of organ solo
Better known as the traditional Irish song "Danny
Boy". A solo guitar instrumental, with lots
of echo and feedback that seems to get out of
control! My long-suffering wife says it's "like
someone learning to play for the first time."
There's one hideous peak where it all seems to
fall apart, and I fall about laughing. Guaranteed
to bring tears to your eyes, but not for the
reasons that "Danny Boy" usually does.
104K) - the bit where
it all falls apart!
Not bad - verses are quite close to the original,
and the guitar lines are spot on. The solos are
not as good as the originals, but OK. About the
vocalist, my wife reckons "He started out as
a choirboy, and should have ended up in
traditional clubs singing to little old ladies."
Does anyone know what happened to him?
183K) - middle section
& guitar solo
If this is a cover, I don't recognise it. It is a
hideous synth-led instrumental with no
discernible tune. Hear Thin Lizzy's rhythm
section do a great impersonation of a primitive
drum machine! On second thoughts, don't hear it.
120K) - anyone know
Kind of Woman
Again, those vocals are oh-so-polite! Good bass,
guitar solos are fine. It's just a bit pedestrian
and lacking in excitement.
269K) - middle section
& guitar solo