Clive Gregson & Christine Collister
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Originally issued in the U.K. on the Topic label and later licensed for U.S. release by Rhino, this is one of Gregson & Collister's more uneven projects, but is praiseworthy overall. The influence of Richard Thompson is felt throughout, especially in the often vinegary tone of Gregson's Stratocaster, but Gregson's writing is mature, self-assured, and original enough to keep that influence from becoming overwhelming. The bluesy "I Wouldn't Treat a Dog" bumps up nicely against the shimmery and hook-laden folk-pop of "Everybody Cheats on You," while Thompson is probably owed royalties for "That Same Mistake." That's the beginning of the album, and then things get a bit spottier. The slide guitar on "This Tender Trap" lends an air of Delta blues to a song whose chord progression is half Tin Pan Alley and half Brill Building, and the result is more puzzling than involving; "I Specialize" combines an awkward lyrical refrain with an awkward chord progression, to predictable effect. But brilliant moments outnumber disappointing ones by about two to one, making this album a solid investment for any fan of British folk-rock.
Born: January 4, 1955 in Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, En
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Clive Gregson
||Home Is Where the Heart Is||The Best of Mountain Stage Live, Volume One||4:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||For a Dancer||Love Is a Strange Hotel||5:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||This Tender Trap||Mischief||4:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Things We Do for Love||Love Is a Strange Hotel||3:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Heard It Through the Grapevine||Home and Away||5:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One Step Up||Love Is a Strange Hotel||3:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Blowin' Away||Home and Away||3:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's All Just Talk||Home and Away||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Home Is Where the Heart Is||The Best of Clive Gregson & Christine Collister||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All the Time In the World||Home and Away||5:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Mama Tried||Home and Away||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Today I Started Loving You Again||Love Is a Strange Hotel||3:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
- Genres: Singer/Songwriter, Music, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock, Rock, Adult Alternative, Psychedelic, Traditional Folk
- Released: 1987
- ℗ 1987 Topic Records Under Exclusive Licence to Clive Gregson & Christine Collister, 2009 Clive Gregson & Christine Collister under Licence to BGO Records.