63 Gorgeous George by Edwyn Collins 1994
I sometimes think I like the idea of Edwyn Collins more than the music itself. If I had to name my top 10 singers he would be there or there abouts, but in truth most of his out put is just too dam patchy.
Every Orange Juice and solo lp I have (and I've got them all) has glorious moments, each of them with at least one track that would up there in my favourite songs chart ... but also at least one or two which would leave me scratching my head.
Gorgeous George however is top drawer songwriting from start to finish.
Best known for this off course, which turned him for a short time into an international pop star!
He followed it up with this gorgeous bit of pop (check out the interviewers change from Japanese to English!)
The lp starts off with Edwyn's lyrics at their biting best in the campaign for real rock and its "truly detestable summer festival" refrain and the added bonus of having a pop at the "raggled taggled plastic gyspy Robert Zimmerframe" is a bonus. Goodness knows what people who bought this on the strength of Girl like You made of it all
He is at his best when the assassins knife is hidden in a bouquet of a pretty pop song. Stand out track sees the Gorgeous George Galloway get both barrels. (Strangely I used the think this was all about a Boy George wanting Edwyn to produce a new lp .... I needed to get out more)
Gorgeous George by Edwyn Collins
My other favourite shows that when he strips away the gimmicky production and shifts in style , simple is often best
Low Expectations - Edwyn Collins
Back recording after his illness is remarkable enough but the fact that in Losing Sleep, he produced his strongest work since this lp is a testament to his talent and determination. I do wonder though that in terms of lyrics if anything will hit the heights of the Trojan horse that was Gorgeous George
you can buy the lp here