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Reviewed by Pedro Santos

Delaney Davidson: Devil In The Parlour

Reviewed by Pedro Santos

Delaney Davidson: Devil In The Parlour

Were it not for his rampant prolificacy, both solo and in collaboration, every Delaney Davidson release would warrant the ‘must have’ tag. This one is made special by its rarity, 300 vinyl-only copies in NZ, with three different coloured sleeves designed and screen printed by the quirky troubadour himself. In the grooves are six ‘live’ takes, recorded by our own Neil Baldock (presumably) in the Black Eyed Peas’ LA studio. Some doubt is inevitable as the densely annotated cover notes by The Dead C’s Bruce Russell are designed to obfuscate every bit as much as they are to elucidate. Actually more, but there is much fun to had in decoding his rhetoric. No overdubbed additions, just as DD performs them, in his own inimitable loop- and distortion-assisted one-man band manner. In The Pines and So Long are the two tracks I most readily recognise from previous recordings and/or live performances, but the others included are I’m Comin’ Home, Way Down South, Lost Highway and Windy City. A first chance to listen to DD perform live in the comfort of your own home. Priceless?

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