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Title - 'Listen to the Band' (7T's Records)
Artist - The Glitter Band

The Glitter Band, as we all know by now, are a glam rock band from England, who initially worked as Gary Glitter's backing band under that name from 1973, when they then began releasing records of their own.

Actually, they were unofficially known as the Glittermen on the first four hit singles by Gary Glitter from 1972 to 1973. The Glitter Band had seven UK Top 20 hit singles in the mid-1970s, and three hit albums.

They have existed on and off since with various line-ups, and there are actually currently two bands featuring original members who use the name!

Now digitally remastered and expanded, this wonderful CD deluxe edition of their third album LISTEN TO THE BAND in 1975 has now been lovingly put out by Cherry Red Records (under 7T's) for all their fans to enjoy, once again. Only this time, and for the first time ever, on CD!

The album kicks off with the slow trip of 'Where Have You Been,' a six-minute song that takes a while to take off, before heading into the fun 'People Like You And People Like Me' (UK #5) the piano-intro'd 'My First Mistake,' the drum-intro'd (and first song to sound Gary Glitterish) 'Painted Lady,' and then the Reggae-flavored 'Let Me Love You' and the sax-intro'd pop song 'Dream Baby.'

Next up is 'Oh Well Never Mind,' which is followed by the more upbeat 'Watch The Show,' the tambourine-fused 'Alone Again' (UK #5) the disco funk, and predominantly instrumental 'Makes You Blind,' with the original album rounding off with 'The Tears I Cried' (UK #8).

The bonus tracks begin immediately with the Gary Glitteresque 'Until Tomorrow,' before we roll into the Beach Boys-flow of 'Love In The Sun' (UK #15) the guitar-led 'I Can Hear Music,' the slow disco of 'Don't Make Promises (You Can't Keep),' the instrumental slow trumpet burn of 'Tuna Biscuit,' and then both 'Shot In The Back' and 'It's Only Love.'

As we head into the final third of this wonderful new 23 track release, we get 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,' the storytelling of 'Got To Get A Message Back To You,' the power guitars of 'Wheels Keep Turning,' and then an Alternative Version of 'Tuna Biscuit' and finally and Alternative Version of 'People Like You And People Like Me.'

In the booklet, Phil Hendriks talks extensively ie: 9 pages, which is 90% of said booklet, about the band and how after Gary Glitter left them as a front man that they were still popular enough to be able to forge an identity for themselves independent of their 'leader.' There are some Related Singles and Chart Positions detailed, some nice glossy photos, numerous European issue LP covers, and knowledge on three of their other albums released on CD via 7T's Records.

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