Theme Switcher
Switch to:

mewe


Join us over at the Facebook replacement MeWe.com. Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.
Login
Username

Password



Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6679
Comments: 16714
Ratings: 4967
Forum Posts: 22735
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1980 Articles » Beggars Opera - 1980 Lifeline
 
Beggars Opera - 1980 Lifeline



ARTIST: Beggars Opera
ALBUM: Lifeline
LABEL: Vertigo
SERIAL: 6435 060
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2009, Repertoire, REPUK 1112

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gordon Sellar - guitars * Linnie Paterson - lead vocals * Alan Park - keyboards * Colin Pattenden - bass * John Hollywood - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Lifeline * 02 I Gave You Love * 03 You Never Believe I'm Human * 04 Showman In A Showdown * 05 Yes I Need Someone * 06 Lost In Space * 07 Now You're Gone * 08 Bad Dreams * 09 Four Moons (Lifeline Reprise)

WEBLINKS: www.beggarsopera.co.uk


Background
Glasgow, Scotland based Beggars Opera released their first album 'Act One' in 1970 followed by 'Waters Of Change' a year later and the excellent 'Pathfinder' in 1972. All three albums were magnificent and wisely considered stone-cold classics among progressive rock connoisseurs, helped by the fact they appeared on the collectable Vertigo label. Yet despite early accolades, the band never took off in a big way commercially compounded by the fact they changed styles to fit the times, or 'fit in' depending on your point of view, even dabbling in an aborted glam project after supporting the New York Dolls in London. Of course none of this was helpful in the stability department with a revolving door of players coming and going for each release and following 1979's hard rocking 'Beggars Can't Be Choosers' album, the band appeared to be finished if not for guitarist Gordon Sellar who wanted to update the Beggars Opera sound once again, this time with a more modern 'hi-tech' approach.


The Songs
Vocalist Linnie Paterson whose pipes graced the Opera's 1973 album 'Get Your Dog Off Me' and original keyboardist Alan Park were called back for the 'Lifeline' project which included former Manfred Mann's Earth Band bassist Colin Pattenden and a mysterious cat named John Hollywood on drums. The resulting album is a mixture of Manfred Mann, Lake and late period Lucifer's Friend all of which is everything I could want in a record although not all of it works. We're off to the races with the title track featuring a melodic line and pulsating synths reminiscent of Canadian pomp stars Saga. Not so great is the bluesy 'I Gave You Love' although Linnie Paterson sounds so much like Lake's James Hopkins-Harrison, I'll give it a pass. You won't find me treating the weirdly titled 'You Never Believe I'm Human' and 'Showman In A Showdown' as kindly since both are painfully mediocre rockers and a mercifully brief low-point on an otherwise appealing album. Back to the good stuff with 'Yes I Need Someone' and the very Lake influenced 'Lost In Space' which along with the lightweight 'Bad Dreams' are the catchiest tunes here but the best is truly saved for last with the proggy 'Four Moons (Lifeline Reprise)' sounding very much like Manfred Mann's Earth Band in overdrive.


In Summary
This was the last Beggars Opera album until a revitalized line-up released 'The Final Curtain' in 1996. Since then there have been several studio discs but I've never bothered as modern prog has never held much interest. Better to stick with the classics including Beggars Opera's first seven albums. Start here.


All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.


 
Comments
No Comments have been Posted.
 
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
 
Ratings
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
 
Articles Cloud
Judas Priest - 2001 Demolition, Winter Parade - 2001 Interview with Per Bjornar Riise, Iron Mask - 2005 Interview with Dushan Petrossi, Grace, Graham - 1986 Shining Knight, Helloween - 1985 Walls Of Jericho, Styx - 1977 The Grand Illusion, Autograph - 2017 Get Off Your Ass!, Best Of Decade 2000-2009 - 2010 jeffrey343, Native Window - 2009 Native Window, 10cc - 1995 Mirror Mirror, Billy Satellite - 2016 Billy Satellite II, Zuider Zee - 1975 Zuider Zee, Flies On Fire - 1991 Outside Looking Inside, Damn Yankees - 1992 Don't Tread, Maxx Explosion - 2015 Dirty Angels
Tags©
Sturm Und Drang Peter Frampton Pretty Boy Floyd Vega Rock Candy Records Angel TNT Brazen Abbot Nikolo Kotsev John Townley Black Sabbath Gene The Werewolf Eric Johnson Baltimoore Daydreamer Bus Boys Find Me Kelly Brock UFO Allies Phil Vincent Tragik Stallion (Sweden) Sam Alex Danger Danger Rock Candy Records Ratt Cockney Rejects Whitford St Holmes Virginia Wolf Nick Bold Axenstar Cobra Rock Candy Records Waysted Yes
All Tags