We Are Ever So Clean [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Imagine the late-'60s Kinks crossed with a touch of the absurdist British wit of the Bonzo Dog Band, and you have an idea of the droll charm of Blossom Toes' debut album. Songwriters Brian Godding and Jim Cregan were the chief architects of the Toes' whimsical and melodic vision, which conjured images of a sun-drenched Summer of Love, London style. With its references to royal parks, tea time, watchmakers, intrepid balloon makers, "Mrs. Murphy's Budgerigar," and the like, it's a distinctly British brand of whimsy. It has since been revealed that sessionmen performed a lot of these orchestral arrangements, which embellished the band's sparkling harmonies and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Imagine the late-'60s Kinks crossed with a touch of the absurdist British wit of the Bonzo Dog Band, and you have an idea of the droll charm of Blossom Toes' debut album. Songwriters Brian Godding and Jim Cregan were the chief architects of the Toes' whimsical and melodic vision, which conjured images of a sun-drenched Summer of Love, London style. With its references to royal parks, tea time, watchmakers, intrepid balloon makers, "Mrs. Murphy's Budgerigar," and the like, it's a distinctly British brand of whimsy. It has since been revealed that sessionmen performed a lot of these orchestral arrangements, which embellished the band's sparkling harmonies and (semi-buried) guitars. But the cello, brass, flute, and tinkling piano have a delicate beauty that serves as an effective counterpoint. The group sings and plays as though they have wide grins on their faces, and the result is one of the happiest, most underappreciated relics of British psychedelia. [The 2007 CD reissue on Sunbeam adds ten bonus tracks that are of great value in rounding out a more accurate picture of the band around the time the album was recorded. They include a worthwhile outtake from the LP, "Everybody's Talking"; alternative versions, minus the orchestral overdubs, of "Look at Me I'm You" (instrumental only) and "I'll Be Late for Tea" that give a better idea of how the band actually sounded live at the time, isolated from the album's elaborate production; live and quite different versions of "Mister Watchmaker" and "Love Is" that are far sparer than the original LP arrangements, including vibraphone, flute, and Mellotron; the scarce (and not very good) non-LP single version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"; and three decent demos of Brian Godding compositions, of unspecified origin. Also included are thorough historical liner notes drawing on extensive interviews with the bandmembers.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Sunbeam Records
  • EAN: 5051125503513
  • Catalog Number: 5035
  • Sales rank: 60,291

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blossom Toes Primary Artist
Kevin Westlake Drums, Vocals
Brian Belshaw Bass Guitar, Vocals
Jim Cregan Guitar, Vocals
Brian Godding Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
John "Poli" Palmer Percussion, Vibes
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Brian Belshaw Liner Notes
Jim Cregan Liner Notes
Brian Godding Liner Notes, Author
Giorgio Gomelsky Composer, Producer
John "Poli" Palmer Liner Notes
John Luard Timperley Engineer
David Whittaker Orchestration
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