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Beagle Hat - 2006 Magical Hat

ARTIST: Beagle Hat
ALBUM: Magical Hat
LABEL: Avalon Japan
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Takeo Kurashina - guitars, vocals * Hisa Tanaka - vocals, guitars, keyboards * Hiro Fujii - bass, piano * Kaz Ikeyanen - vocals, acoustic guitar * Masao Hinago - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Casgabarl! * 02 My Secret Holiday * 03 After the Typhoon * 04 On My Way * 05 Half Invisible Man * 06 Goldmine * 07 Indoor Swimming Pool * 08 Wrecker Pulls Away * 09 Hide And Seek * 10 Under A Blue Moon * 11 Look For Another Submarine * 12 A Wandering Penguin * 13 Fairyland * 14 Casgabarl! (When I Was A Little Boy)



Hailing from Japan, Beagle Hat formed in 1991 but didn't get around to releasing an actual CD until 1997. The self-titled debut, heavily influenced by classic 70's UK bands Queen, 10cc and Pilot (more on them later) went pretty much un-noticed outside of Japan, but this was musical territory not normally covered by English bands (why is this?), let alone a group of lads from the land of the rising sun. Various session work and sporadic dabbling in Animation followed and a second CD 'Casgabarl!' saw release in 2004. Again, very much in line musically with the first CD, but a short time later contact with David Paton proved fruitful in more ways than one. Oh wait! David Paton? You remember Pilot don't you? If you were within earshot of a radio in the hazy lazy days of 1975, their major hit single 'Magic' was hard to miss. The Scottish group released four excellent albums enjoying varying degrees of success with pride of place going to the Roy Thomas Baker produced 'Morin Heights' and eventually morphing into a studio band as the Alan Parsons Project led by the famed producer. Paton went on to work with Elton John, Kate Bush, Camel, Fish and Keats. An impressive resume indeed and initially this collaboration was only to include just two songs with Paton's participation, but the sessions went so well a full disc worth of material was recorded.

The Songs
'Magical Hat' is comprised of reworked songs from the first two albums, new songs and a couple of David Paton originals: 'Goldmine' and 'On My Way'. Of the two 'Gold Mine' is the best and is classic Paton. Showing both a Beatles and Queen influence, it's the type of tune that makes me long for the days of early 70's AM radio. Beautiful stuff, and the Beagle Hat originals aren't too shabby either with 'After The Typhoon', 'Wrecker Pulls Away' and 'My Secret Holiday' taking top spot in the 'hooks r us' category.

In Summary
This is a superb disc played in a style that has seems to have been forgotten in recent years. If you are a fan of Pilot, 10cc, Jigsaw and classic 70's pop, this CD is a must have and here's hoping this was not just a one-off and there's more to come from the guys. The pop music world needs Beagle Hat and David Paton. Buy 'Magical Hat' and give 'em your support!

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#1 | gdazegod on January 25 2017 21:00:35
Beagle Hat's second CD from 2009 'Orange Groove' is pretty good too. I've picked both albums up recently, and as Eric says on this article, if you're into Queen, 10cc and Pilot, you can't go wrong with Beagle Hat.
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