пятница, 17 июня 2011 г.



Band: Alex Harvey - The New Band
Album:
The Mafia Stole My Guitar
 Information:
Issued under licence from BMG Records Lid.
Ⓟ 1979 BMG Records (UK) Ltd.
© 1991 Demon Records Ltd. Brentford. Middx.
TW8 9HF. MAU MAUis a division of Demon Records Ltd

Manufactured in England.
Genre:
Glam-rock, Progresive
Format:
FLAC
All Time:
00:42:23




 The Mafia Stole My Guitar is the second album produced by Alex Harvey. Alex recorded this album with an entirely different band, the first album he recorded with the different band was the album Alex Harvey Presents: The Loch Ness Monster which was made at the time, the remaining four members of The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were recording Fourplay.
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All Music Guide Review
This 1979 outing saw Alex Harvey returning to the rock music world for what would be his final album. It's no big surprise that The Mafia Stole My Guitar sounds a lot like the Sensational Alex Harvey Band: the music remains the same unusual but intriguing blend of prog ambition and punk energy and it also contains a few of Harvey's trademark oddball cover versions (example: his surprisingly straight-faced cabaret version of &"Just A Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody"). What is a surprise is how consistent The Mafia Stole My Guitar is, especially in light of the uneven final albums of his last band. While the album never coheres the way classic Alex Harvey outings like Next did, each of the songs feels inspired and benefits from a carefully-crafted sound:&"Wait For Me Mama" contrasts a wailing, impassioned vocal from Harvey with a tightly-controlled, gypsy-flavored groove from the band while &"Oh, Spartacus" is a Roman adventure tale that takes the story of its title character and gives it a glam rock beat. The Mafia Stole My Guitar also adds finds Harvey shifting his sound in a new direction, with the saxophone taking an upfront role in the arrangements and adding a jazzy flair to the proceedings. A good example of this new jazziness is the cover of &"Shakin' All Over," which alters this classic Johnny Kidd and the Pirates hard-rock nugget by raising the tempo to an amphetamine level and adding all sorts of jazz-fusion inspired riffing over the top. This album also contains one of the loveliest songs in the Harvey canon in &"The Whalers (Thar She Blows)," a surprisingly gentle and lyrical song layered with plenty of gentle synthesizer and saxophone shadings. The end result is a rocking yet stately-sounding slab of music that is unmistakably the work of Alex Harvey. While it's tragic that Harvey would never record again after this album (he died of health problems in 1981), the Mafia Stole My Guitar remains a fine addition to his legacy.
                                                                                                                      ~ Donald A. Guarisco, Rovi
         Personnel:
 
     ♪ Alex Harvey - Lead vocals, lead guitar
     ♪ Matthew Cang - Lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
     ♪ Simon Charterton - Drums, percussion, vocals
     ♪ Tommy Eyre - Keyboards (main), vocals
     ♪ Gordon Sellar - Bass guitar, vocals
     ♪ Don Weller - Saxophone, horns on "Oh Spartacus!"

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          Trackslist:
 
      1. Don's Delight - 1:30
       (Don Weller)
      2. Back in The Depot - 6:30
       (Harvey, Matthew Cang)
      3. Wait For Me Mama - 7:01
       (Harvey, Don Weller, Matthew Cang, Hugh McKenna)
      4. The Mafia Stole My Guitar  - 5:12   
       (Harvey) 
      5. Shakin' All Over  - 4:48   
       (Johnny Kidd)
      6. The Whalers (Thar She Blows) - 7:04
       (Harvey, Matthew Cang, Hugh McKenna)
      7. Oh Spartacus! - 3:54
       (Harvey, Matthew Cang)
      8. Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody - 5:19
       (Irving Caesar, Julius Brammer)

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