Sorry about the delay! This summer, I’m afraid, is likely to be typified by similar lacunae, for a whole host of different reasons. Roll on those long winter nights, I say.
Anyway, we have just got to Side 2 of this curious, but most welcome LP. This kicks off with a most entertaining “group number” romp called “Hungarian Rhapsody”, which contains the memorable lines:
“We ain’t your Rolling Stones, we ain’t your T.Rex; actually, we’re only here for the beer.”
Track 2 is another romantic Swarbrick piece called “My Girl”, but this one is actually quite pleasant, being not nearly so sickly as “Rosie”. This is just as well, as it goes on for 5.14 minutes, making it the second longest track on the album.
Track 3 is “Me With You”, an attractive ragtime jaunt with Ralph McTell doing the guitar. This one has a distinct tang of the New Vaudeville Band.
Track 4 is the “Hen’s March…” instrumental which appeared on “History…”.
The LP ends with Track 5 on Side 2, the moral tale “Furs and Feathers”, which is a group number, and pleasant enough, but certainly nothing special. This is a bit of a shame, as at 5.39 minutes it is the longest track on the album.
I do also have the extended CD of this, of course, more of which next time.