Women & Captains First

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Captain Sensible aka Ray Burns was always the biggest joker in the Damned, the brashest boys of the first wave of British punk, and when he launched his solo career in 1982, it seemed to many like a grand prank, with a punch line even the Good Captain never expected -- his first album on his own, Women and Captains First, was a genuine hit, with his synth pop cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Happy Talk" going all the way to number one on the U.K. singles charts. Sensible certainly isn't afraid to aim for a good laugh on Women and Captains First, but part of the idea behind the album was to show he could do more than just straightforward punk rock, and there's no ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Captain Sensible aka Ray Burns was always the biggest joker in the Damned, the brashest boys of the first wave of British punk, and when he launched his solo career in 1982, it seemed to many like a grand prank, with a punch line even the Good Captain never expected -- his first album on his own, Women and Captains First, was a genuine hit, with his synth pop cover of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Happy Talk" going all the way to number one on the U.K. singles charts. Sensible certainly isn't afraid to aim for a good laugh on Women and Captains First, but part of the idea behind the album was to show he could do more than just straightforward punk rock, and there's no arguing he succeeded. If the proto-rap of "Wot" and the domestic squalor of "A Nice Cup of Tea" are comic, they're also well-crafted pop tunes that deliver the goods, and two numbers written with Robyn Hitchcock, "Croydon" and "Brenda, Pts. 1 & 2," are smart and atmospheric with a faint psychedelic edge and "Croydon" reveals a subtle but clear John Lennon influence. And if "Happy Talk" sounds a bit like the afterthought it was, the trad jazz arrangement of "Nobody's Sweetheart" is an effective bit of retro fun and Sensible carries off the vocal with élan. However, most of Women and Captains First is dominated by synthesizers, drum machines, and breathy female backing vocals, giving the album a slick and instantly recognizable '80s sound that has dated far worse than anything on Damned Damned Damned, and Sensible's often underappreciated guitar work sometimes gets lost in the mix. Women and Captains First confirms Captain Sensible was a talented entertainer, a better-than-average songwriter, and a capable singer with some unexpected tricks, but in retrospect, it's a shame he didn't get to produce the set as well and buff off a little excess polish.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Cherry Red Uk
  • EAN: 5013929140820
  • Catalog Number: 408
  • Sales rank: 69,498

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wot (4:36)
  2. 2 A Nice Cup of Tea (3:20)
  3. 3 Brenda, Pts. 1 & 2 (7:37)
  4. 4 Yanks With Guns (4:34)
  5. 5 Happy Talk (3:35)
  6. 6 Martha the Mouth (3:52)
  7. 7 Nobody's Sweetheart - Beale Street Jazz Band (3:21)
  8. 8 (What d'Ya Give) The Man Who's Gotten Everything (4:24)
  9. 9 Who Is Melody Lee, Sid? (1:57)
  10. 10 Gimme a Uniform (3:58)
  11. 11 Croydon (4:57)
  12. 12 It (1:21)
  13. 13 I Can't Stand It (4:01)
  14. 14 Strawberry Dross (9:27)
  15. 15 Jimi Hendrix's Strat (5:21)
  16. 16 Damned on 45 (7:20)
  17. 17 Joe Meek (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Captain Sensible Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Vox Continental
Robyn Hitchcock 12-string Guitar
Dolly Mixture Vocals
Rod Bowkett Noise
Tony Mansfield Synthesizer, Percussion
Beale Street Jazz Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robyn Hitchcock Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Captain Sensible Composer, Author
Matthew Fisher Engineer
Jaap Eggermont Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Chris Ludwinsky Engineer
Tony Mansfield Producer
Chris Millar Composer
Mark Proctor Engineer
Elmer Schoebel Composer
Simon Smart Engineer
Dave Vanian Composer
Billy Meyers Composer
Robin Rimbaud Composer
Ernie Erdman Composer
Michael Ross Art Direction
Pat Gilbert Sleeve Notes
Randy MacDonald Composer
Alan Wilson Mastering
Ray Burns Composer
Gerry Judah Set Construction
Andy Geirus Engineer
Ian Wallace Project Compiler
Chris Ludwinski Engineer
Martin Duiser Composer
Andy Geirus Engineer
Alistair Ward Composer
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