Album review

Malcolm Morley - Ian Gomm

Ian Gomm

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A member of '70s hippie favourites Help Yourself, Morley's solo debut (backed by forgotten pub-rockers Plummet Airlines) was recorded in 1976 but then got left on the shelf in the fall-out from the punk explosion. The tapes were recently rediscovered and reveal a superb collection of acoustic-driven ballads, blues and country rock that doesn't sound remotely dated. In fact, Starsailor are currently striving to sound as exquisite as this.

Lost And Found was produced by Brinsley Schwarz's Ian Gomm, whose own live album from 1979 also sees the light of day for the first time. It's a rollicking set of juke-box rock with touches of roadhouse country, Graham Parker-style white soul and even the odd Clash influence (on Tommy Roe's "Everybody") that proves Nick Lowe wasn't the only Brinsley with good tunes.

Rating: 4 / 10


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