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London-based DJ Gilles Peterson has been spinning and releasing jazz-inflected club music since the ‘80s. He’s headed up such high profile labels as Acid Jazz, Talkin’ Loud, and Brownswood Recordings, and Worldwide - A Celebration of His Syndicated Radio Show is an excellent compilation that draws on the sort of material he plays on his BBC radio program. The collection opens with the epic “All Things to All Men”, by Cinematic Orchestra, a track that features a chugging groove decked out with horns and harp that serves as a backdrop for Roots Manuva’s fierce MC work. The 21st-century slow jam, “He Loves Me (Lyzel In e Flat)”, finds Jill Scott playing off of an itchy beat and lush strings. With its marriage of electronica and jazzy ‘tude, “The Audience” is classic Herbert — here’s an artist who picks up where the great ‘70s outfit Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band left off. The beats tumble forward and the vocals stay smooth on Victor Duplaix’s excellent “Manhood,” while Jose James takes his sweet time on the lovely ballad, “The Dreamer”.

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No. Nice. Really.

Very interesting read, the review above this album. Kind of misses one or two points, don't you think? Not being picky here, but suggest its actually for a totally different album.

Getting Somewhere at Last

Quite simply one of the Best Bands of the early 1980s. Here is their only LP plus all the singles and the Richard Skinner session. The John Peel session, which was released on Strange Fruit is their only other release but had to be left out due to the space limitations of the CD. If you are reading this and you already know GAOB you are going to buy this. If you don't know them, buy it anyway - You will not be disapointed.

Post-punk pop.. At Its Best!

This is actually the original "Pleasure" album plus a whole lot extra (Tracks 6 to 16 are the original album, for those who are interested.) The remaining tracks are singles, B sides and a demo or two. The enduring mystery is how this failed at the time, given the band's total mastery of melody, punk energy, and pop dynamics. It did garner success on the indie chart, but this was not reflected in the national chart or in sales. Whether its failure caused the band to become disillusioned and give up, is moot (other pressures and causes have been suggested), but the legacy is this total jewel of an album.

Listen to the purity of Judy Evans' vocals, the band's sharp ear for melodic hooks, the topical yet original lyrics, but above all, the ENERGY, and then - to re-quote a certain contemporary Prime Minister - "rejoice!"

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Formed in Leeds, England in 1979, the pop-punk unit Girls at Our Best! comprised vocalist Judy Evans, guitarist James Alan and bassist Gerald Swift. Originally dubbed the Butterflies, they kicked around the British punk scene, and were on the verge of disabanding when they responded to an advertisement posted by a Cambridge area recording studio offering half-off session rates. With the aid of drummer Chris Oldroyd, the group recorded two tracks, "Warm Girls" and "Getting Nowhere Fast." In the spring...
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