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« Reply #120: 28.04.09 at 13:49 »
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I must say I'm glad people seem to like these reissues, although it would be nice if there were more reviews posted on Amazon!  
 
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« Reply #121: 28.04.09 at 23:02 »
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Another thought on the Shindig review.
 
Surely this must be be the first time our hero has ever been compared to The Bee Gees?
Unless there are some other musical Gibb brothers around somewhere...
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« Reply #122: 11.05.09 at 11:45 »
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Record Collector review.
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« Reply #123: 12.05.09 at 16:28 »
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Hello all,
 
This is my first mail since I joined.
Firstly may I say what a pleasure it is to be among the MVs.
 
Regards the recent reviews of the re-releases, in the June issue of MOJO, it states Pete Atkin (pronounced Ate-kin).
Is it just me?
I always thought  Pete's surname was pronounced phonetically as it is spelt.
I'm sure I've heard CJ say thus and in announcements following Pete's radio productions, although I gather it is sometimes mistakenly spelt as Atkins.
Perhaps some kind soul would reassure me that I have not been mispronouncing the great man's name for the past quarter of a century.
That aside, it is a favourable review, apart from dismissing Live Libel - forshame!
I believe there has been one in Uncut magazine. If so I missed it. Has anyone posted a scan?
 
The re-releases are terrific imho and fantastic value considering the quality, bonus tracks, liner notes and archive photographs.
I have also purchased other albums from Hillside Music. The Lakeside Sessions and Live in Australia are a snip at £9 each for a double cd and the service is impeccable. I received one order within 24 hours and I live on an island on the west of Scotland.
 
Cheers,
 
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« Reply #124: 12.05.09 at 17:31 »
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Hello Douglas
 
As well as 'Atkins', Pete does often suffer (but not permit) 'Aitken' or 'Aitkin', both in speech and in print. My suspicion is that the innocent Mojo reviewer noted too well the mistaken opinion of an office colleague whose only exposure to our man's name might have been one of the numerous occasions on stage, screen and radio when it's been mispronounced! Thus are errors propagated and perpetuated.
 
Yes, Pete did mention a review in Uncut, not a publication I was thitherto aware of. Does anyone here have a link, scan or transcript?
 
BTW, the MV Forum believes you've posted twice before Smiley. One more and you'll be on the leader board!
 
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« Reply #125: 12.05.09 at 18:31 »
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Here's the Uncut review:  
 
Uncut, May 09  
3 stars
 
Following last yearís Midnight Voices, where Atkin re-recorded some of the early songs he wrote with lyricist Clive James when both were Cambridge Footlights pals, Edsel are now re-releasing all six of their out-of-print collaborative efforts, recorded between 1970 and 1975. Atkin went on to produce stalwart BBC shows like Just A Minute and Week Ending while Clive James went on to become Clive James. Today, itís Jamesí witty, thoughtful, literate lyrics that generate most interest but Atkinís singing isnít without considerable charm.

Mick Houghton
 
My colleague Alicia puts all the reviews on the product pages on the Demon website, if you want to have a look sometime...
 
http://www.demonmusicgroup.co.uk/SearchResults?SearchType=Artist&SearchText= Pete+Atkin&Submit=Go  
 
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« Reply #126: 13.05.09 at 15:05 »
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Hi,
 
Thanks Steve for the reassurance on the correct pronunciation of Pete's surname.
I was pretty sure I had it right.
How anyone would say it otherwise beats me.
I do recall Terry Wogan once joke that there was a West Indian player in the Scotland rugby squad (Jim Aitken - geddit!)  
 
Thanks also for the Uncut review.
 
Meant to mention what a great song Canoe is. Heard it first on Live in Australia and consider it as good as anything Pete & Clive have come up with. The studio version is, if anything, even better imo. †Colin Tully and I used to be pals at primary school (many, many moons ago).
 
Sorry to be Mr Inquisitive again, but I missed the beginning of Clive's appearance on BBC 1's The One Show the other day. Wondered if he mentioned the re-releases. I think he was on mainly to promote his live shows.
Iirc, last time he appeared on the same show he gave the Midnight Voices album a plug.
 
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Douglas
 
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« Reply #127: 13.05.09 at 17:13 »
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Hi, Douglas.   It mystifies me too, the pronunciation thing.  As far as I'm concerned A+T="at" and K+I+N="kin".  Put 'em together and what do you get?   There are all those variant spellings, it's true, but why the Mojo bloke should go to the particular lengths of instructing his readers wrongly beats me.  But he's strangely not alone in jumping to that perverse conclusion.
 
And no, Clive wasn't able to get in a plug on The One Show, sadly.  It is surprisingly difficult to turn these things to anything other than the programme's planned agenda.
 
I hope some of you will be able to go and see Clive on one of his upcoming dates, and maybe even ask him a question...  Or ask him to give you a song ....  
 
I'm hoping - expecting, even - that the review in the June Record Collector magazine will not preclude the later appearance of the longer feature in that excellent publication for which Clive and I gave interviews a few weeks ago.
 
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« Reply #128: 13.05.09 at 17:33 »
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Whenever I see Clive James on programmes like The One Show, I realise again why he gave up the telly.
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« Reply #129: 16.05.09 at 10:14 »
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on 13.05.09 at 17:13, Pete Atkin wrote:
† It mystifies me too, the pronunciation thing. †As far as I'm concerned A+T="at" and K+I+N="kin". †Put 'em together and what do you get?

 
My goodness, Pete, you're comparatively lucky. You should hear the mess people make of my name, especially those telephone sales idiots. Sometimes they seem to think, in defiance of the evidence on front of their eyes, that I'm Polish.
 
Think Bexley in Kent with an extra L, and you're there. Quite simple, really. Can't anybody read these days?
 
I should mention that, the first time we met face to face, you got it absolutely correct. 5 stars to Mr. Atkin.
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« Reply #130: 16.05.09 at 11:02 »
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on 28.04.09 at 13:49, Val_Jennings wrote:
I must say I'm glad people seem to like these reissues, although it would be nice if there were more reviews posted on Amazon!  
 
Val

 
Fair point that Val - and I think you are not the first to make it - so I put a little review up on amazon.co.uk of AKAN/TROS.  Many thanks for all your work on these re-releases Val - it is genuinely appreciated to have them out in such a fine form!
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« Reply #131: 18.05.09 at 13:03 »
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Excellent stuff - thank you. There's now one review apiece for all but SD+LL. Whilst I appreciate that most MVs (and Clive) seem to regard 50% of this pairing like an embarrassing uncle at Christmas, perhaps somebody could have a go at trumpeting the wonders of the first half...
 
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« Reply #132: 19.05.09 at 09:24 »
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Here's Mike Davies' review for NetRhythms.
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« Reply #133: 22.05.09 at 15:44 »
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Steve,
 
After following your link to the NetRhythms review, I noticed it referred to a sample from The Pearl Driller on Lemon Jelly's  "Nice Weather for Ducks".
I have that  cd single!  Never noted the connection before, so after digging it out, I found it is indeed there - a guitar motif.
No credit given to Pete on the sleeve, however  Angry
 
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« Reply #134: 31.05.09 at 12:33 »
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Now, it's just possible that the executives in the Despatch Department of Hillside Records may have been wondering why this loyal MV has been dragging his feet for so long over acquiring the Demon re-releases. The reason is that my dear wife kindly undertook to give them to me for my birthday; and today being, not only the aniversary of the Battle of Jutland (1916), but also my birthday, said re-releases came into my hot little hands this morning.  And gave me a little birthday surprise.
 
I always expected to find the new song-by-song notes interesting, but I certainly didn't expect to find my own name mentioned in them. My God! Fame at last!
 
By the way, with reference to the notes on Ballad of an Upstairs Window, yes, I do actually remember Goldie the fugitive eagle, and always presumed the name of the budgie was a jokey reference. Just showing my age, I suppose.
 
Right, let's go and play the things...
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Re: Atkin/James re-releases on Demon Records
« Reply #135: 02.06.09 at 15:55 »
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This photograph and an item entitled Clive James On Rock Music - And Why It Must Be Turned Down by Joel McIver appeared on the site of newish online music magazine The Quietus on the 26th of May 2009.
 
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Re: Atkin/James re-releases on Demon Records
« Reply #136: 20.06.09 at 01:05 »
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Here's a cool review, on the AmericanaUK Website.
 
And here's another, from Maverick magazine (one of them, anyway) for July -- uses the f**k word twice too often, though.
 
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