Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Batteaux (1973)

Happy new year to anyone who reads this blog... to celebrate i'm sharing with you an album I acquired recently in great condition, the S/T LP by brother duo Batteaux (Robin and David Batteau, no 'x') from 1973. This is a FANTASTIC record and i'm baffled as to why it's neither available to buy on iTunes or on Spotify. Could it be out of copyright? Someone needs to reissue this asap.

It's really hard to track down online. A couple of songs are on YouTube, and I did eventually find a crappy rip of it on a Russian mp3 site, which is not the one- It's not even available to download on my usually trusty music-lover type blogs, so... 

I just ripped it myself, and here it is for your delectation... As per usual with my turntable (Technics 1210) the sound becomes slightly more distorted the further towards the end of a side you get, but it's setup as best as possible and with a brand new Shure White Label cartridge too. Bonus info for the audiophile nerdZ; it then goes into a Radial J33 preamp and hitting my Mytek 8 x 192 AD. IT'LL DO INNIT

Anyway, the MUSIC. It's quite hard to categorise really. But basically, very jazzy americana. There's electric piano and plenty of fiddle. But wait, the fiddle is ok. Lots of typical West-Coast dudes on here; Tom Scott, John Guerin and more. It all adds up to my current favourite genre; PROTO-YACHT-ROCK. They're swimming naked with dolphins on the front cover, I mean, these guys rule.


1. Tell Her She's Lovely
2. Living's Worth Loving
3. Wake Me In The Morning
4. Mirror
5. Joe Arnold
6. Dig Up The Love
7. Katy
8. Lady Of The Lake
9. Treat Me Right, Treat Me Wrong
10. High Tide
11. Wishing My Father
12. Maybe I'll Run Away

All songs by Robin and David Batteau

Produced by Stuart Love and Henry Lewy

DOWNLOAD (AAC, 320kbps)