Timeless Flight

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Steve Harley followed up the ambitious fusion of pop and artsy glam rock he perfected on The Best Years of Our Lives with this even more ambitious and artsy outing. Unfortunately, Timeless Flight neglects the strong pop hooks that made The Best Years of Our Lives so appealing. Much of Timeless Flight finds Harley getting bogged down in deliberately impenetrable wordplay "Black or White And Step on It" and songs that, despite slick arrangements, are rather hookless vehicles for the verbose lyrics "Don't Go, Don't Cry". As a result, the album has a self-consciously obscure feel that is rather off-putting. However, a few highlights shine through for the patient ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Steve Harley followed up the ambitious fusion of pop and artsy glam rock he perfected on The Best Years of Our Lives with this even more ambitious and artsy outing. Unfortunately, Timeless Flight neglects the strong pop hooks that made The Best Years of Our Lives so appealing. Much of Timeless Flight finds Harley getting bogged down in deliberately impenetrable wordplay "Black or White And Step on It" and songs that, despite slick arrangements, are rather hookless vehicles for the verbose lyrics "Don't Go, Don't Cry". As a result, the album has a self-consciously obscure feel that is rather off-putting. However, a few highlights shine through for the patient listener: "Red Is a Mean, Mean Colour" benefits from a hypnotic melody that combines fluid electric piano lines and woozy vocal harmonies to create a compelling ebb-and-flow effect, and "Understand" is a lovely ballad that weaves a lush soundscape from a judicious combination of delicate piano lines, Spanish guitar, and lilting background vocals. That said, the appeal of these occasional gems isn't enough to make the album consistently engaging, and Timeless Flight can only be recommended to Steve Harley completists as a result.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2002
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261205742
  • Catalog Number: 574
  • Sales rank: 54,975

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel Primary Artist
Steve Harley Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Madeline Bell Vocals
Duncan Mackay Keyboards
Pete Clarke Vocals
Jim Cregan Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lindsey Elliott Percussion
Stuart Elliott Percussion, Drums
George Ford Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Yvonne Keely Vocals
Patricia Paay Vocals
Barry St. John Vocals
Larry Steele Vocals
Liza Strike Vocals
Leroy Wiggins Vocals
Joy Yates Vocals
Technical Credits
Seamus Egan Liner Notes
Chris Blair Master Cut
Tony Clark Remixing
Steve Harley Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Mick Rock Art Direction, Cover Design
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