Played with passion, flair, finesse and - simultaneously - a beguiling informality, the sweep of the music is enormous. There's the melancholy depth of Chris Batchelor's solo on John Harborne's "A", or the tripping clowns and musical high wire ensemble of Django Bates' "Nights at the Circus". In between there's Dai Pritchard's Balkan-flavoured clarinet and the collective dash of "Eden Express".
Despite passing references to many a genre, many another innovator, many a musical tradition around the world, it was the entire cocktail that made the band such an irresistible force, as in the infectious vamp of the record's title track.
Personnel: Eddie Parker (flute, keyboards), Dai Pritchard (Clarinets), Steve Buckley, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Julian Nicholas, Ken Stubbs, Julian Argüelles (saxophone), Lance Kelly, Chris Batchelor, Ted Emmett, Paul Edmonds, Noel Langley, John Eacott (trumpet), John Harborne, Steve Day, Paul Taylor, Richard Pywell, Richard Henry (trombone), Ashley Slater (Bass Trombone / MC), Dave Powell (tuba), Django Bates (keyboards, Eb horn), John Parricelli (guitar), Steve Watts (bass), Martin France (drums), Thebi Lipere, Louise Petersen Matjeka (percussion)
- Armchair March
- Children's Game
- The Wolf's Dream and the Wild Eye
- Nights at the Circus
- Eden Express
- Fast Forward
- As I Was Saying...
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
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