2009 two-fer that originally appeared in 1977 and 1978. The albums embraced the new wave sounds of the time, a bit of mid 70s British art rock theatrics and blended a rootsy, rock `n roll feel from the late 50s that sounded almost pub-rock-like,at times. Add to all this, some violin to many of the songs and you had a band out of step with what was happening, yet some records that perfectly fit. Much of this material sounds like Nick Lowe coming out of his Brinsley Schwartz days, for example. There was a single CD compilation of the band that was released back in 1995 but went out of print quickly and became an $100 ebay item by the early 00s. With their quirky tongue in cheek humor, the Fab Poods failed to get the recognition they deserved in the late 70`s and poor managment/record company probs led to their demise in late 1980. The song "Mirror Star" should have been a huge smash and "Work Shy" would have made a terrific follow-up single.
"Twinges of the Kinks shine through at various junctures, especially when the dapper quartet puts on its rock and roll shoes for such not-quite-manic workouts as "Bike Blood." Meanwhile, Bobby Valentino`s violin and mandolin imparts a rural, Ronnie Lane-like feel to most of the tracks. Entwistle plays bass on three tracks and modestly all but buries himself in the mix. Mirror Stars is an American condensation of the band`s first two British albums (using the cover of the second), omitting some of the better songs in favor of such farcical indiscretions as "Tit Photographer Blues," "Roll Your Own" and "Cherchez la Femme." The mustachioed Valentino`s resemblance to Clark Gable adds a bit to in the cinematic nostalgia of "B Movie." - Trouser Press. Listen in here and enjoy!
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