Pukka Orchestra

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All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
The Pukka Orchestra's first album shows them to be a band with plenty of new wave pop smarts in the style of, say, Graham Parker or Tom Robinson; in fact, the hit off Pukka Orchestra was a cover of Robinson's "Listen to the Radio," here given a somewhat cheerier reading than the more doom-laden original version when it was known as "Atmospherics". The Pukka Orchestra stay true to the spirit of Robinson's song, however, and as a result come up with a uniquely winning pop record about the drudgery of life in a communist country. Elsewhere, the band offers up a few original songs that are just as good as "Radio," including the literate, lovelorn lament "Might As Well Be on...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rudyard Kennedy
The Pukka Orchestra's first album shows them to be a band with plenty of new wave pop smarts in the style of, say, Graham Parker or Tom Robinson; in fact, the hit off Pukka Orchestra was a cover of Robinson's "Listen to the Radio," here given a somewhat cheerier reading than the more doom-laden original version when it was known as "Atmospherics". The Pukka Orchestra stay true to the spirit of Robinson's song, however, and as a result come up with a uniquely winning pop record about the drudgery of life in a communist country. Elsewhere, the band offers up a few original songs that are just as good as "Radio," including the literate, lovelorn lament "Might As Well Be on Mars"; the memorable "Cherry Beach Express," a scathing attack on the Toronto police force; and "Rubber Girl," an accordion-laced ballad directed to a blow-up love doll. Beyond these songs all of which were released as singles, things get a little spotty, however, as the selections range from good, straightforward new wave rockers "Power Cut" to filler "The Deserter," a recitation to at least one outright misfire the abrasive "Flies," which seems to have wandered in from another record. Still, there are enough worthwhile moments on this release to recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the hit single or to anyone with an interest in '80s alternative pop in general. It's just a shame The Pukka Orchestra weren't able to consolidate their strengths and come up with a top-to-bottom winner. [Pukka Orchestra was re-released on CD by Koch in 2000.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Solid Gold Records
  • UPC: 696774102226
  • Catalog Number: 797882
  • Sales rank: 115,104

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Pukka Orchestra Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Howard Ayee Bass
David Norris Elye Saxophone
Bohdan Hluszko Percussion, Drums
Gordon Phillips Percussion
Steve Webster Bass
Todd Booth Keyboards
David McMorrow Keyboards
Neil Chapman Keyboards, Vocals
Graeme Williamson Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Trudy Artman Background Vocals
Norman W. Corbett Background Vocals
Larry Brown Bass
Linda Manzer Background Vocals
Ann Lederman Mandolin, Violin
David Norris Drums
John Andersen Drums
Denis Akiyama Trumpet
Arlo Kempf Background Vocals
Andrea Woods Background Vocals
Jeremy Schneider Background Vocals
Sharon McQueen Background Vocals
Rockin' Randy Kempf Bass
Peter Jakobsen Background Vocals
Theresa Schneider Background Vocals
Stee Braunstein Contrabassoon
Technical Credits
Alice Cooper Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Danny Greenspoon Producer, Engineer
Peter Mann Engineer
Tom Rogers Engineer
Dick Wagner Composer
The Pukka Orchestra Producer
Neil Chapman Arranger, Composer
Tony Duggan-Smith Arranger, Composer
Graeme Williamson Arranger, Composer
Rodney Bowes CD Package Design
Euguene Martynec Producer
Peter Willis Producer, Engineer
Trudy Artman Producer
Peter J. Moore Remastering
Norman W. Corbett Executive Producer
Hugh Ferguson Engineer
Barbara Klunder Illustrations
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