Beaky and His Band (1977)
so very cute and horribly, evilly catchy. It's basically a collection
of songs (at first glance, aimed at kids, but the messages are
there for the adults too) on the exploits of a series of animals.
The stories range from a new-born owl trying to fly, to the origin
of the expression 'nattily dressed'. Some of 'em are just cute
(Blanche, Dilys), some probably a bit dark for younger kids (Jaques,
Desmond) and some interesting, if odd, comments on society (Harold,
Herbert). This is still one of my favourite albums (Secret Shame
#1), and if only some nice company would re-release the blasted
thing on CD, the rest of the world could be reintroduced to it.
Insert maniacal cackling here.
who wants to review this album, send me your thoughts and I'll
share them with the world.
Captain Beaky Volume 2 (1980)
so there was a second volume of Beaky songs recorded. What chance
do I have of tracking that down? Most people I know would be praying
that I have none. We'll see... Returning from the first outing
are Jeremy Lloyd, Keith Michell and Harry Secombe, joined this
time by Noel Edmonds, Petula Clark, Penelope Keith, The King Sisters
and Peter Skellern. I've heard from a couple of people who have
this album, and the reviews were mixed. I don't think anything
could make as big an impression on me as the first (I've been
listening to it for over 20 years after all), but it will be worth
a listen if you can find it.
Send them in and I'll stick them up.
(c) 1998 - 2002 K Rayner. Lyrics, cover art and music (c) them
what made 'em.