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Ducks Deluxe - Ducks Deluxe '74 + Taxi To The Terminal Zone '75 (2001)

4-03-2015, 21:31
Blues | Folk | Pop | Rock | FLAC / APE

Ducks Deluxe - Ducks Deluxe '74 + Taxi To The Terminal Zone '75 (2001)

Artist: Ducks Deluxe
Title Of Album: Ducks Deluxe + Taxi To The Terminal Zone
Year Of Release: 2001 (1974, 75)
Label (Catalog#): BGO Records [BGOCD539]
Country: UK
Genre: Rock, Pub Rock, Rock & Roll
Quality: FLAC (image+.cue+.log, scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 01:22:34
Full Size: 566 MB

Review by Dave Sleger,
This two-CD reissue of Ducks Deluxe's first two albums differs from the previous Edsel two-on-one release, as no tracks were omitted due to space constraints. In retrospect, these recordings seem more relevant after the passage of time, as they provide a clearer linkage between British blues-based album rock and late-'70s punk and post-punk new wave. In fact, the influences of British pub rock span back to '50s rock & roll and R&B. Their take on Eddie Cochran's "Nervous Breakdown" bears an uncanny resemblance to perhaps his biggest hit, "Summertime Blues." But it's Ducks Deluxe's original pieces that evoke echoes of artists like the Rolling Stones, Them, and Mott the Hoople. "Fireball" sounds like a direct outtake from All the Young Dudes or Mott, while the R&B-rich "Falling for That Woman" suggests Van Morrison at his soulful best. "Rio Grande," from Taxi to the Terminal Zone, wouldn't sound out of place on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks. Conversely, the pub rock forwarded by this band also foretells of sounds yet to come by both their direct offspring the Motors and indirect kin Graham Parker, whose early recordings were on par with the historic debut albums of Elvis Costello and the Clash. "Please, Please, Please" is a direct precursor to the Motors' "Dreaming Your Life Away." Additionally, next-generation bands like the Saw Doctors owe a debt of gratitude to Ducks Deluxe, as they borrowed judiciously from their elders' bold musical stew. But regardless of the multitude of musical influences the listener may cite (and there are too many to mention), this blend of rockabilly, R&B, blues-rock, and country pre-punk known as pub rock continues to stand the test of time.


CD1 - Ducks Deluxe (1974):
01. Coast To Coast (03:16)
02. Nervous Breakdown (02:57)
03. Daddy Put The Bomp (04:43)
04. I Got You (03:43)
05. Please, Please, Please (03:51)
06. Fireball (03:47)
07. Don't Mind Rockin' Tonite (02:42)
08. Hearts On My Sleeve (02:54)
09. Falling For That Woman (05:42)
10. West Texas Trucking Board (03:42)
11. Too Hot To Handle (03:52)
12. It's All Over Now (03:09)

CD2 - Taxi To The Terminal Zone (1975):
01. Cherry Pie (03:47)
02. It Doesn't Matter Tonite (04:00)
03. I'm Crying (04:55)
04. Love's Melody (03:34)
05. Teenage Head (03:20)
06. Rio Grande (04:09)
07. My My Music (03:12)
08. Rainy Night in Kilburn (04:29)
09. Woman of the Man (03:32)
10. Paris 9 (03:07)

Ducks Deluxe - Ducks Deluxe '74 + Taxi To The Terminal Zone '75 (2001)
Ducks Deluxe - Ducks Deluxe '74 + Taxi To The Terminal Zone '75 (2001)

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