Tuesday, 11 September 2012
REVIEW: ON THE GREEN SEVENTY SEEN [Cult of Wedge]
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! You may recall that ELOBF reviewed an album entitled "Tape Recorders Changed Everything" by local ELO fan and multi-talented songwriter and musician Peter Hackett - alias 'Cult of Wedge' - last November.
I'm pleased to announce that Cult of Wedge [CoW] have just released their latest album entitled "On The Green Seventy Seen" and what an impressive new collection of innovative and enjoyable songs it is! Whilst my world view seemingly differs from that of CoW, this album oozes class with clever lyrical guile and infectious tunes intermingled with an expansive demonstration of musical prowess. Indeed, the quirky nature and sense of Peter Hackett is evidenced also by the fact that at the last count there are at least six  different album covers to choose from [see above!].
Tracks:  "Mother Natures Kids" (4:18);  "1977" (4:06);  "Misunderstood Master Of The Universe" (4:53);  "On The Green Seventy Seen" (5:05);  "The Girl From N.A.S.A." (4:04);  "Back To The Caveman" (3:02);  "Heads Are Rolling" (3:30);  "Glory For Me" (5:04);  "Super Duper Sunshine Man" (3:53);  "The Trouble With Armageddon" (3:24)
Whilst "1977" affectionately wants to return to the dizzy days of the Silver Jubilee - with a mention for ELO's "Out Of The Blue" in there naturally! - and "The Girl From N.A.S.A." lyrically being the twin sister of ELO's "Yours Truly 2095" plus a big nod to Pink Floyd with the mellow "Glory For Me", the whole album instantly becomes cult listening material literally after a couple of plays. I have to say that the title track really is worthy of the adjective "awesome" too.
"On The Green Seventy Seen" for me is not so an improvement upon "Tape Recorders Changed Everything" as a graduation into a musical and lyrical position worthy of a much wider audience and critical acclaim or - in other words - the backing of a strong, supportive record label.
The beauty of this release is that you can download the whole album [in absolutely any format!] for the princely sum of just £3.50 and its predecessor for just £3.00 thus:
I am still very much hoping to interview Peter Hackett and Cult of Wedge soon. ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "On The Green Seventy Seen" by Cult of Wedge to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO & Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] universe ... KJS ... 11-Sep-2012