Monday, January 29, 2007

Records That Make Me Feel Good: 15

Dudley Moore: Hello Sailor (Decca, 1969)

Now, for a start, the very idea of naming a track Hello Sailor is so inviting it's actually genius. Who wouldn't want to hear a piece called Hello Sailor played in the new lounge-jazz style by that nice man off the television with all the funny voices?

Rarely, if ever, have I heard a record which sounded so much like a Dick Emery sketch pasted onto thick black vinyl. You are immediately transported to the plushest lift in the department store of your dreams with this tinkling lightly in the background, clicky bass, random percussive bursts and a light sprinkling of Tijuana horns all present and correct.

Clearly whatever world shaped this record, it was a world where things like driving a car or flying away on holiday or simply eating a poorly grilled steak were still tremendously excting prospects.


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