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Cadbury-Hicks Pete Hicks and Dik Cadbury - Beach Hut Records BHCD5107 Reviewed by Alan HewittThe Waiting Room “ANOTHER SAD CASE OF THE BLUES AND OTHER STORIES” Well, who would have thought it?  Any self-respecting fan of Steve Hackett will recognise the names of the two protagonists of this album as key members of the classic Hackett band line up.  Amazing to think, as the sleeve notes to this release say, that this is their first album together - “about time!“ I hear you cry (a damn fine album by Mr Cadbury that is too!). Anyway, what do the two of them sound like together?  Bloody fantastic to my ears.  OK, I’m biased but in the words of the song I know what I like and here we have an album of solid rock and blues with some brilliantly observant lyrics thrown in especially on the deliciously acerbic Recession Blues. The album opens with Get Outta Here which to my ears sounds like the theme tune to the TV series New Tricks but that’s no bad thing as it’s a great series and this is an instant toe-tapper. Pete’s vocals have seldom sounded better than they do on this album while Mr Cadbury also turns in a nifty turn himself in between playing more instruments than an octopus!  The one thing that is evident throughout this album is that it was evidently a whole heap of fun to produce and it is an equally big heap of fun to listen to and I for one would love to see a gig by these two at some point, how about it, chaps? Especially if you can bring along that Hackett chap to do his stuff on the blues harp as he does on Just Another Honky Tonk on the album! In   the   meantime   while   we   are   waiting(!)   for   that   to   happen,   what   you   have   here   is   a   collection   of   solid originals   in   the   country   blues   style   which   will   make   you   smile   in   recognition   of   a   situation   or   character   from your   own   life   so   vividly   depicted   here   in   thoroughly   entertaining   music   and   lyrics.      A   million   miles   from   Prog, but   hey,   we   all   need   a   breather   from   that   sometimes   don’t   we   and   this   is   the   perfect   tonic   for   a   night   with   a beer or a glass of wine and the company of two exceptional musicians - superb stuff all round!
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