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The Man in the Bowler Hat
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Album: The Man in the Bowler Hat
# Song Title   Time
1)    Fundamentally Yours
2)    Pinafore Days
3)    Last Plimsoll, The
4)    To the Sun and the Moon
5)    Road to Venezuela, The
6)    Galloping Gaucho, The
7)    Humiliation
8)    Dangerous Bacon
9)    Indifferent Hedgehog, The
10)    God Speed the Plough
 

Album: The Man in the Bowler Hat
# Song Title   Time
1)    Fundamentally Yours
2)    Pinafore Days
3)    Last Plimsoll, The
4)    To the Sun and the Moon
5)    Road to Venezuela, The
6)    Galloping Gaucho, The
7)    Humiliation
8)    Dangerous Bacon
9)    Indifferent Hedgehog, The
10)    God Speed the Plough
 
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  • Edsel's 1996 reissue of THE MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT adds three tracks to the original LP.
  • Produced by George Martin, The Man in the Bowler Hat continues Stackridge's brand of satiric rock marbled with elements of folk and to some extent, even country. The lyrics are just as witty as in their first two releases, and the poetry glistens with a jovial Englishness that became the band's most identifiable trademark. With Martin's help, though, the album became one of their better releases, as the music rises to the top before the words do, sounding fresher, livelier, and noticeably sharper than both their debut and 1972's Friendliness. Stackridge's best song, "Dangerous Bacon," was released as a single, and it's in this song as well as "The Galloping Gaucho" and "The Indifferent Hedgehog" in which their sound comes alive. The eccentric combination of Mutter Slater's flute and the playful airiness of Mike Evans' violin give the melodies a lightheartedness that is catchy and original. Andy Davis' keyboard work doesn't hide the warmth of the strings or the woodwinds, and the album as a whole sports a cheeriness which disappointingly began to subside on Stackridge's later album's, mainly because the novelty of their music was wearing off. The reissued version of The Man in the Bowler Hat contains three impressive bonus tracks, including "Do the Stanley" and "Let There Be Lids," which involves some rather exceptional fiddle playing. ~ Mike DeGagne
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Q (11/96, p.158) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...With George Martin polishing their natural tunefulness and some sophisticated arrangements of his own, there are more than a few Beatle-ish touches about their third and best album....delightfully appealing folksy rock....an attractive package that transcends its period."
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