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Last Great Dreamers - 2016 Transmissions From Oblivion



ARTIST: Last Great Dreamers
ALBUM: Transmissions From Oblivion
LABEL: Ray Records
SERIAL: RR 1007
YEAR: 2016

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LINEUP: Marc Valentine - vocals, guitar * Slyder - guitar, vocals * Steve Fielding - bass * Denley Slade - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Oblivion Kids * 02 Love To Hate Me * 03 Glitter ball Apocalypse * 04 The Way We Collide * 05 Elegy For Us * 06 Alone * 07 Dope School * 08 White Light, Black Heart * 09 Tommy's Tears * 10 Werewolves * 11 You Don't Work * 12 Chasing Heroes * 13 Misunderstood * 14 Turn It Up

WEBLINKS: www.lastgreatdreamers.com | LGD Facebook Page


Background
These fella's have been around the block and then some. Initially active in the mid 90's when grunge (groan) was pretty much dominating (polluting?) the airwaves, they released the album 'Retrosexual' but went their separate ways fairly soon after. It's only in recent years that the band decided to get back together again and release the quite brilliant 'Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven' a little while back. With this new album, the band has decided to go down the crowd funding route and have produced a stunning body of work.


The Songs
Put simply, 14 fantastic tracks of hook ridden, glam influenced Power Pop. For someone like myself who was weaned on the fantastic melodies, glitter stomp and football terrace like chanting from the early 70's this album is heaven sent. From the first glorious rush of 'Oblivion Kids' thru to the final strains of 'Turn It Up', this album runs through a myriad of styles. 'Elegy For Us' (the best track on the album) showcased what is great about the LGD's, beautiful waif like vocals, an infectious chorus and guitar licks that Mick Ronson would've been proud of. 'Tommy's Tears' with its Phil Spector/Ronettes influences is a lovely affectionate nod to these particular greats, and 'White Light, Black Heart' really is a tune that wouldn't have seemed out of place in the top ten of any month in 1973. In all honesty I could wax lyrical about every track here, but suffice to say every single one is joy. The playing throughout is tight and concise, production spot on... what more is there to say?


In Summary
This album ticks just about every single box as to what I love about music. I hear a band that really does passionately believe in what they do. I discovered these guys supporting Cherie Currie in 2015 (better late than never eh?) and they are my favourite new band. Sure you could argue what they are doing is nothing particularly new, OK, so what? It's the WAY in which they do it, with due reverence to the giants of the early 70's they have resurrected the golden age of rock n roll when the 3 minute single ruled... OK. If this album isn't in my top three by the end of the year then there will have been some seriously good albums coming out between now and then.


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#1 | DEMONAOR on October 10 2016 17:59:10
Great review Malcolm. I just played the album and enjoyed it tremendously.
#2 | Explorer on October 10 2016 18:20:25
They're also a great live band too...full of energy and have a tremendous stage presence.
#3 | DEMONAOR on October 11 2016 17:42:09
I have to pop over to England and maybe see em live somewhere, since the pound is dropping right now. Short flight and cheap from Norway.
 
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