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John Otway - Greatest Hits (2002) Retail CD
Otway might not be the most talented musician in history, but having seen him live at the Marillion Weekend in Minehead, I can honestly say that there are not many that are more endearing and entertaining. Otway's music will probably never reach the levels of respect bestowed on the likes of Zeppelin or the Stones, but it's a kind of music that, despite it's flaws and pretentions, you'll love it anyway.One play of this CD confirms that. Kicking off with his first hit: a double-barrel blast of "Cor Baby That's Really Free" and it's B-Side, "Beware of the Flowers". Both are rather loud, riffymore… pub-rockers that deserved to go higher than #27 (I can't believe 'There's No-One Quite Like Grandma' outsold this classic!!).The middle of this collection is where things start getting diverse. You get some punk/new wave tracks in the shape of "DK 50/80" and "Too Much Air and Not Enough Oxygen", a few ballads like "Josephine" and "Middle of Winter" plus a first-class rendition of "Delilah". While Tom Jones' version sounds like a serenade on a balcony, Otway's off-kilter delivery sounds more like a conversation in a pub!! Timeless stuff!!Then there's the moment he waited 25 years for... Hit #2! Again, you're treated to the A-Side (The Hit Mix) and the side-splitting rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" complete with a 'choir' of 900 hecklers!Following this is, perhaps, one of the finest and best-written (musically) tracks on the album: "Poetry and Jazz". Otway's a skilled lyricist and perfectly tells the story of a child prodigy who channels her insecurity into art, told from the perspective of her surrogate 'brother'. Closing the collection is another A/B combination, this time in reverse. The B-Side, "Headbutts", consists of nothing more than a drum machine, synth and guitar while Otway acts like Vyvian off "The Young Ones"! The A-Side, "Geneve", returns to ballad county with its extensive orchestra performance (due to his confidence that this would be his second hit, but wasn't).Whether or not you've seen Otway in concert, "Greatest Hits" is a perfect introduction to this eccentric and self-depreciating loony. You'll either like it or you won't, but there's only a 10% chance of the latter!
|2||Beware Of The Flowers (Cos I'm Sure They're Gonna Get Y ou Yeh)|
|3||Louisa On A Horse|
|5||Cheryl's Going Home|
|10||Too Much Air Not Enough Oxygen|
|11||Middle Of Winter|
|14||House Of The Rising Sun|
|15||Poetry And Jazz|
|16||Green Green Grass Of Home|
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