Essex, David

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Essex, David - Rock On Rock On
Pop Used - LP KC 32560 Columbia
1973 Original Featuring His Big Hit. 1A/1K Stampers. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
Essex, David - David Essex David Essex
Pop New - LP PC 33289 Columbia
Sealed 1974 Original With Custom Hype Sticker On Shrink. “David Essex's Second Album Was Recorded Less Than A Year After His First, Yet His Forward Momentum Was So Powerful That Already He Had Left Much Of The Earlier Set's Sound And Energies Behind, A Point That Becomes Apparent From The Opening Song, The U.K. Smash "Gonna Make You A Star." An Examination Of The Entire Star-Making Machine Seen From The Point Of View Of An Artist Who Himself Was Widely Perceived As A Machine-Made Star, It Marries A Buoyantly Hook-Laden Melody With A Lyric That Swings Between Cynicism And Bitterness, And Hangs On The Savage Denouement, "Is He More Than A Pretty Face?/I Don't Think So." Of Course, Essex Was Far More Than That, As He Had Already Proved With His Roles In The Movies That'll Be The Day And Stardust. The Main Theme To The Latter Closes David Essex No Less Effectively Than "Star" Opens It, As A Superlative Essex Lyric, A Foreboding Heartbeat Rhythm, And A Scintillating Chris Spedding Guitar Solo Come Together To Forge What At Least One Critic Rightfully Described As The True National Anthem Of Rock & Roll — A Song That Acknowledges That Failure Is As Vital To The Legend As Success. Another U.K. Hit, The Brooding "America," Pops Up Amidships, Lining Up Alongside "Miss Sweetness" And "Window" As Further Examples Of Essex's Rapid Maturity — Indeed, Only The Playful "Ooh Baby" And The Gleeful "Good Old Rock'n'Roll" Offer Any Sonic Concession To The "Rock On"/"Lamplight" Crowd That Had Brought Him To Stardom Just A Year Earlier. And The End Result, While Not Exactly A Reinvention, Was At Least An Affirmation Of Essex's Intentions — He Was Going To Be Around For A Long Time To Come.” – Dave Thompson, All Music Guide... more details
 
Essex, David - All The Fun Of The Fair All The Fun Of The Fair
Pop New - LP 69160 CBS
Sealed 1975 Gatefold Original. “A Chiming Chris Spedding Guitar Lament Opens David Essex's Third Album, Paving The Way For What Remains The Most Adventurous Yet Of The Singer's '70s Output. Loosely Thematic, If Not All-Out Conceptual, All The Fun Of The Fair Opens And Closes With A Dive Into The Underworld Of Fairground Culture That So Fascinated The Youthful Essex, And Was So Exquisitely Recreated For That'll Be The Day. "All The Fun Of The Fair" Itself Is A Quirky Rocker Peopled With The Jack The Lad Roustabouts That Man The Machines, And Laden With Such Spot-On Sound Effects That The Smell Of Cotton Candy Permeates The Entire Album; "Funfair (Reprise)" Reiterates The Riff, The Chorus, And The Sound Effects, And Closes The Album With The Finality Of The Ghost Train Crashing Back Into Daylight. And, In Between, All The Fun Of The Fair Is As Excitable As An Evening Spent On All Your Favorite Rides. In Terms Of Sonics, Essex And Producer Jeff Wayne Were Now Adeptly Working Two Distinct Themes — The Jaunty (Even Cheeky) Ballads Epitomized By The Potently, If Almost Painfully, Sentimental "If I Could," And The Slow-Burning Sultriness That Looked Back To "Rock On," And Flavors "Circles," "Watch Out (Carolina)," And "Rolling Stone." The Most Eternal Song, However, Is "Hold Me Close," The Second Of The Three U.K. Hit Singles Spun Off The First Side Of The Album. Effortlessly Singalong, Eminently Personable, It Was Performed In Essex's Best Cockney Yowl — And It Was Almost 30 Years Before He Admitted That This Most Unaffectedly Heartwarming Of Performances Was Banged Out On The Very Last Day Of The Sessions, With The Record Label Bigwigs Waiting In Reception, Anxious To Hear The Finished LP. "Two Vocal Takes, A Quick Half An Hour Mix, And Bosh! It Turned Out To Be One Of My Biggest Records." – Dave Thompson, All Music Guide... more details
 
Essex, David - All The Fun Of The Fair All The Fun Of The Fair
Pop New - LP PC 33813 Columbia
Sealed 1975 Gatefold Original. Light Rubbing On Bottom Seam Where Shrink Has Torn.... more details
 

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