solarflares Can Satisfy You (clear vinyl LP, £12.50)label: damaged goods
This is the ‘official bootleg’, as Allan calls it, which the band put out on their Own Up label in 2003. Is this collection of live and studio cuts less than essential? Is it bollocks… no drop in quality, when it comes to corkers like the ‘electric’ version of “Miles Away” with Parsley’s killer organ that turns it into a mid-60s club soul classic, or on the slew of dynamite covers, which tell you more about where their heads were/are at better than anything I can write ya, including Wimple Winch’s “Save My Soul”, Ramones’ “Glad to See You Go”, Fire’s “Father’s Name is Dad” and the Sharon Tandy/Fleur de Lys/Rupert’s People classic, “Hold On”, the latter with Parsley on vocals, sounding like Don Fardon’s big bruvva!
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