Title - 'Spitting On A Fish'
Artist - David Lawrence Atkins
Back in that brilliant and often fondly recalled early 1970’s era, singer-songwriter David Atkins used the stage name Dave Curtiss in the U.K. rock group known as Curtiss-Maldoon.
The one and only Curtiss-Maldoon Lp, released on the Deep Purple related Purple Records in early 1971, was considered pretty far-out for its time and it was also critically acclaimed in that the album also featured YES guitarist Steve Howe as guest artist.
It’s been light ages, yet David Atkins is back with his original name gracing the cover of his long awaited comeback album — albeit the oddly titled Spitting On A Fish.
1. 'Spitting On A Fish'
3. 'Too Many Bullets'
4. 'Afraid of Love'
5. 'And She Danced'
6. 'Blue Like You'
7. 'Oh Tonight'
8. 'Lazy Days'
9. 'Lighten Up Your Life'
10. 'Good Night'
11. 'Little Soldier'
12. 'Shine On Me'
With Atkins composing and recording some fabulous new songs, while also paying tribute to the timeless ’70s classic 'Sepheryn', the late, great Clive Maldoon (his real name was Clive Skinner) is no doubt smiling down from the heavens.
The album starts off with the big and broad lyrical brush strokes of the title song, before his '70s tribute, 'Sepheryn' is loving brought out for us all to enjoy. That cool, gently free flowing pop bounce is then backed by the jaunty 'Too Many Bullets', the smokey jazz and cigar bar haunting 'Afraid of Love,' and then the Jimmy Buffettesque 'And She Danced.'
The slow blues of 'Blue Like You' has a dynamite, old school, lazy trumpet vibe, and is backed by the foot-tappin' beauty 'Oh Tonight.' The laid back ballad 'Lazy Days' showcases the true vastness of Atkins' vocal workings, and that's followed by the '60s flashback of unabashed tambourine rock 'n' roll, 'Lighten Up Your Life.'
'Good Night' once again brings balladeer Atkins to the fore with just a guitar for company, before the album is rounded out with both the downbeat war storytelling of 'Little Soldier,' and then the joyous, upbeat 'Shine On Me.'
"The album started as a jazzy-cool kind of feel," Atkins reveals, "and then I found a ukulele in a flea market, and the whole thing went off on a tangent."
"In a way, it reflects the Curtiss-Maldoon album in as much as I ended up just putting what I thought were my best songs on the album, and to hell with any concept of style…as a consequence it seems to have worked!"
Commenting on the album title, Atkins states, "Spitting On A Fish was an idea that came from a Bulgarian friend mixing her words up, and it was a year before I wrote the song to the idea."
"As it explains behind the disc inside the sleeve, Spitting On A Fish is ‘An exercise in futility…a pointless action. Even if the album bombs, maybe the phrase can enter common usage…wouldn’t that be something?’"
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