KING OF THIEVES:
A new collection of fifteen of Peter`s best songs.
THE BEST OF PETER DALTREY / VOLUME 2
Angels on a Hill
Queen of Thieves
I want to live in America
Child of Weather
Magda Bruer in the Rain
A Linden tree in Chelsea
In the Room of Percussion
PETER DALTREY . KING OF THIEVES: THE BEST OF PETER DALTREY VOLUME 2
(GRA RECORDS USA)
The other day I happened upon an old tape of one of my radio shows and was pleasantly surprised to hear
me waxing poetic about "my favourite British psychedelic band," Kaleidoscope, after playing their epic masterpiece
'The Sky Children' and suggesting that it seemed to bear more than a passing resemblance to Donovan's 'Legend of The Girl Child Linda'
from the previous year's Sunshine Superman. Curiosity being both a DJ's curse and job requirement, I also wondered aloud whatever happened
to the band after they morphed into Fairfield Parlour and then seemingly fell off the planet. A quick internet search brought me to their website
(Chelsea Records) featuring a fascinating (and lengthy) bandography, along with the shocking discovery that the "other" Mr. Daltry
(no relation) had not only remained active in the music business, but that he had released an astonishing eighteen, count 'em, eighteen
solo albums over the past fifteen years, including several with Damien Youth and half a dozen as his
pseudonymous alter-ego, Link Bekka!
Methinks he needs a better publicity agent!
A dozen years on from his first greatest hits collection, King of Thieves offers selections from eight subsequent releases along with his
contribution to a Sky Saxon tribute album. If you close your eyes, you'd never know it's been four decades since Daltry & Co. were in the
spotlight and the music press, his voice is still as emotionally powerful and inviting
and the tunes as heart-tuggingly memorable as ever.
'Angels On A Hill', 'Child of Weather', and 'The Girl' (from the Nevergreen concept album collaboration with Youth) are tender acoustic
charmers that had me immediately floating on wings of butterflies across the dewy meadow, while the autobiographical title track from
Tambourine Days will transport us all back to those heady halcyon days of yore (while answering that question I pondered earlier in this review). 'Queen of Thieves'
recalls vintage Roy Harper during his most introspective moments and the bluesy picking of the instrumental 'Essa' (from Link Bekka's Saharaville)
somewhat akin to Keith Christmas' (another survivor of those '60s psychedelic daze) current efforts.
'Lowell' is an eerie spoken word piece complete with crackling lightning and steady rainfall effects from Bekka's tribute to Jack Kerouac,
Jack's Town and Daltry's Sky Saxon tribute ('Wild Roses') sounds remarkably like our dear friend Ade Shaw's solo material and features a
visceral sax solo from Derek G Head and lead guitar from his son, Oli.
So what we have is an amazingly varied collection from all phases and guises of Daltry's second coming, featuring some acoustic folk,
flowery pop, a few blues licks, a piano-driven tearjerker ('Magda Bruer in the Rain' from Candy, his previous "Best of"),
Teutonic textural electronics (Bekka's 'Rhinefeld' starts like it's heading for Rammstein territory before drifting off into a
gorgeous, navel-gazing flute solo) and even the hauntingly cinematic sweep of 'A Linden Tree in Chelsea' (also from Candy) all
boasting some of the most evocative lyrics this side of Nick Drake. There's even a thrilling,
wall-of-sound, 21st century romp
through Kaleidoscope's 'In The Room of Percussion' that's exclusive to this set!
The only complaint I have about album #18 is that it's forcing me to find the money to buy the previous 17 all very reasonably
priced and (mostly) available directly from Mr. Daltry himself at the Chelsea Records site. Proceed apace! (Jeff Penczak)
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