The Scrap Iron Rhythm Revue

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Stavely Makepeace's modus operandi was similar to that of their more famous alter ego act, Lieutenant Pigeon: quirky, slightly lo-fi homemade production married to simple pop songs with heavy echoes of both '50s rock & roll and British novelty music. If you're looking for a way to tell this act apart from Lieutenant Pigeon, Stavely Makepeace is a far more vocal-oriented project, and less eccentric (though not enormously so). This compilation gathers 22 of their recordings from 1969-1983, none of them hits, though they seemed pretty obviously geared toward the pop charts. Problem was, main Stavely Makepeace brains Rob Woodward and Nigel Fletcher were just a little...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Stavely Makepeace's modus operandi was similar to that of their more famous alter ego act, Lieutenant Pigeon: quirky, slightly lo-fi homemade production married to simple pop songs with heavy echoes of both '50s rock & roll and British novelty music. If you're looking for a way to tell this act apart from Lieutenant Pigeon, Stavely Makepeace is a far more vocal-oriented project, and less eccentric (though not enormously so). This compilation gathers 22 of their recordings from 1969-1983, none of them hits, though they seemed pretty obviously geared toward the pop charts. Problem was, main Stavely Makepeace brains Rob Woodward and Nigel Fletcher were just a little too strange for their own good, filling their tunes with anachronistic echo and quaint piano, horn, and fiddle lines. This, in turn, acted as a cover for the relative mediocrity of the fairy basic, formulaic pop
ock songs that were the heart of the material. The idiosyncratic production is certainly more interesting than the tunes, and while you might have said that of many of the records by their 1960s counterpart-of-sorts Joe Meek as well, the tracks here don't compare to the off-the-wall brilliance of Meek's best work. If it's something you want to investigate or relive, however, this CD anthology does their legacy justice, the wide-ranging survey of their output complemented by lengthy liner notes with numerous memories from Woodward and Fletcher themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929528024
  • Catalog Number: 280
  • Sales rank: 132,713

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stavely Makepeace Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Hal David Composer
Mark Stratford Producer
Charles Dumont Composer
Michel Vaucaire Composer
Rob Woodward Producer, Mastering
Nigel Fletcher Producer
Bob Stanley Producer, Liner Notes
Lora Findlay Artwork
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