Twinkle – Michael Hannah: The Lost Years

Previously unreleased 1974 tribute to a former beau

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A curio indeed. The sleevenotes alone could be fleshed out into a screenplay?there’s a great cast of ’70s oddballs and dilettantes (Lewis Furey! Brian “Pinball” Protheroe!) who flit through the script. Aided by Mike D’Abo’s empathetic production and the late Duncan Browne’s nimble guitar, Twinkle’s poor-little-posh-girl tones are suited to the more sensitive songs and carry particular resonance on the title track and the moving “Soldier”. On the downside, tracks like “Bowden House” and “Ladyfriend” fall somewhere between the twee musings of Lynsey De Paul and the breathy vamp-pop of Noosha Fox. Overall, though, this is well worth resurrecting.

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