Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Tich
If Music Be the Food of Love - Fontana 1967
Tracks: 1. Bang / 2. I'm on the Up / 3. Hideaway / 4. Shame / 5. Hands Off! / 6. Loos of England / 7. Help Me / 8. Master Lewellyn / 9. You Make It Move / 10. All I Want / 11. Hair on My Chinny-Chin-Chin / 12. Bend It / 13. She's So Good [*] / 14. Save Me [*] / 15. Touch Me, Touch Me [*] / 16. Marina [*] / 17. Okay! [*] / 18. He's a Raver [*] / 19. Save Me [Mono Single] [*] / 20. Shame [Mono Single] [*] / 21. Touch Me, Touch Me [Mono Single] [*] / 22. Marina [Mono Single] [*] / 23. Okay! [Mono Single] [*] / 24. He's a Raver [Mono Single] [*] / 25. Zabadak [Mono Single] [*] / 26. Sun Goes Down [Mono Single] [*]
"If Music Be the Food of Love" was Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich and Tich's second album, and it's by far the most succesfull of their 4 orginal albums. Originally released in 1966 the album included their recent hits "Hideaway" and "Bend it" as well as their break-through "You Make it Move". Moreover the extensive list of bonus-tracks (14) contains some of their later hits like "Save Me", "Touch Me, Touch Me" and "Okay".
The album tracks are fine; especially "Loos of England", "Master Lewellyn", "All I Want" and "Hair on My Chinny-Chin" are favourites of mine.
There is an overall good-time and optimistic feel to this album, and most songs will set the scene for singing-along.
The song-writing team Howard/Blaikley wrote all the singles and a good deal of the of the album tracks. And it's unquestionable that these guys possesed an unique skill for writing catchy pop-tunes. The band themselves also wrote some of the material for the album and some of the B-sides. Among them fine tracks like "Master Lewellyn", "Shame" and "Marina".
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