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Patrick & Eugene - Altogether Now: Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees

Altogether Now:
Birds, Bees, Flowers, Trees

Patrick & Eugene

Tummy Touch Records - TUCH 2018

Available soon from Tummy Touch Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Now this is an outrageously cool CD, but in a prefectly restrained British manner, a nutter disc with impeccable manners and a permanent Doctor Who tardis back to an era (the 20s - 40s) much loved by many of us but rarely practiced musically anymore. In it, you'll hear the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Ian Whitcomb, Flanders & Swann, the Pythons (ca Meaning of Life), Stackridge, Barnes & Barnes, Spike Jones, 10 CC, PDQ Bach, and a bit of Tiny Tim. So unique is this duo / trio—Samantha Eames co-writes and plays with Patrick (Dawes) & Eugene (Bezodis)—that their music was used by the killer auteur Coen Bros. (in Burn after Reading) and Rowan Atkinson (for the Mr. Bean trailer).

'Vaudeville' might best describe this fabulous assemblage of 13 songs, thus please recall The New Vaudeville Band's Winchester Cathedral for another taste, with a bit of Rudy Vallee tossed in here and there. Bouncy and infectious, irreverent while focused in the bygone mode, TV-commercial happy, light, breezy, and irresistible, Mojo critic Paul Heaton called it 'wild and comic…inner child music' and that's precisely what it is, as one can't help but wax giddy and exuberant while listening.

Several other musicians sit in, so the sound is full and reet-pleat swingin', subordinated to that goofy kinderland of sophisticated youth, more than once with La-la-la's chiming in behind. If you don't find yourself starting to seat dance or tempted to jump up and up out to recess, make sure your reflection shows in a mirror, 'cause ya may not still be of this world. More than once, the Oz Munchkins will Lindy by as you listen and grin, followed by a klezmer street band (Take a Step Back), but, no matter how you slice it, this is just way too hip for words.

Track List:

  • The Birds and the Bees (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Nevertheless (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Circus Train ((Dawes / Bezodis)
  • Altogether Now (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Llama (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Old Times ((Dawes / Bezodis)
  • Don't Stop (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • The Leprechaun (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • A Dog's Tale (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Can't Get You out of my Head Dennis / Ravis)
  • Take a Step Back ((Dawes / Bezodis)
  • The Birds and the Bees (reprise) (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)
  • Saturday Night ((Dawes / Bezodis)
  • Peony (Dawes / Bezodis / Eames)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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