Great Expectations

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Canadian reissue label Pacemaker engages in a valuable (if sometimes thankless) "niche" archival mission to rescue the work of Canada's lost, orphaned, second division of rock. Toronto-based Fludd was an Anglophile pop band entangled in a commercial identity crisis. The group's best material (and the core of its live act) rested on competent, Brit-influenced glam rock, while it also scored AM radio hits with the vaudevillian "Turned 21," the folksy, banjo-driven "Cousin Mary," and the annoyingly twee "Brother and Me." Overly succinct, Greatest Expectations samples nine album and singles tracks, plus two new recordings from former lead vocalist Ed Pilling.

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