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Last Great Dreamers - 2014 Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven

ARTIST: Last Great Dreamers
ALBUM: Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven
LABEL: Ray Records
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Marc Valentine - vocals, guitar * Slyder - guitar, vocals * Paul Harrison - bass * Steve Grainger - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 No 1 Wonderboy * 02 Ashtray Eyes * 03 Hello * 04 Sci- Fi Louise * 05 Supernature Natural * 06 Lunacy Lady * 07 Mary Wants * 08 Gold Painted Butterfly * 09 Last Great Dreamer * 10 Superboy Disaster * 11 Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven


Initially active during the 1990's and releasing the excellent 'Retrosexual' album, The Last Great Dreamers brand of punchy, retro glammy power pop was at odds with the scene back then. Although laying down tracks for a second album, the band went on a lengthy hiatus before resurfacing again in the last few years. The band have now dusted off said tracks from the projected follow up album and finally got them released in 2014 as the album 'Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven'. With new members Ian Scruffykid (bass) and Denley Slade (drums) now onboard and a successful support slot on the just finished Cherie Currie UK tour (which is where I first encountered them), there is a real future for this great band.

The Songs
From the very off the band make a statement with 'No 1 Wonderboy' a terrific song, with its gang like chorus and infectious hook. The quality remains high throughout with highlights aplenty. To mention any song in isolation would be doing other songs a disservice. All the songs display a canny knack for an anthem like, sing-along chorus mixed up with suitably 70's influenced guitar playing and effective and occasions slightly effected Marc Bolan like vocals. Which is in no way a criticism by the way, as they lend a real authentic 70's feel to proceedings. I only discovered these guys on the aforementioned Cherie Currie tour and this and their 'Retrosexual' albums have not been far from my CD player ever since. Their sound is reminiscent of the glories of Mott The Hoople, and other such early 70's luminaries with (dare I say it) a dash of early Clash thrown in for good measure.

In Summary
If I had discovered this little beauty back on its release back in 2014 I would have had no hesitation in putting this in my top 5 albums of the year.. it's that good. Looking for a band that evoke the glories of those trashy, glam days of the early 70's then look no further than the Last Great Dreamers, in the live setting they are just as effective with a strong visual presence and some great playing to boot. The band also released a single at the back end of last year, the just as brilliant 'Dope School/White Light, Black Heart'. They are off on tour again very soon, and I'm off like a shot to see these lads again. I'm hoping for more new music from the band this coming year. If it's as good as what I've heard so far, I'm in for a treat. [word count 426]

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