Can’t Be Bad (Myrrh MYR 1041) 1975 UK *

 

 

 

Fish Co. is the duo of fellow Englishmen Steve Rowles and Steve Fairnie. Fairnie (and sometimes Rowles) would go on to create progressively more bizarre and strange music under various names, including Writz, Famous Names, The Techno Twins, The Techno Orchestra and The Technos. As Fish Co. they produced some excellent insightful and intelligent British rock, folk, pop and ballads. Several songs on Can’t Be Bad are based on slice-of-life characters – titles like ‘Jimmy Bootlace Seller’, ‘Matthew’, ‘Soup And Whisky’ and ‘Broken Dream’. Nice folky acoustic feel to a lot of the tracks, offset with a few decidedly rock-edged cuts like ‘60s Children’ and ‘Beautiful Secret’, the latter with a biting electric guitar lead. The Steves supply the acoustic guitars, vocals and song-writing, assisted by others on piano, lead guitar, saxophone, bass and drums.   (The Archivist, 4th edition  by Ken Scott).

 

Tracks:

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1Jimmy Bootlace Seller3:38
1-2A Line Must Divide3:48
1-3Beautiful Secret4:06
1-4Matthew3:47
1-5Good Night Brothers2:59
2-1Soup & Whiskey3:35
2-260′s Children3:59
2-3Share The Same3:59
2-4Broken Dreams3:03
2-5Precious Lord4:11

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