Angels & Ghosts

Ray Bennett

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Angels & Ghosts Review

by Fran├žois Couture

This collection culls lost tracks and demo tapes spanning Ray Bennett's entire career, from his days as bassist for the British art rock group Flash up to 1997, when he began work on his first solo album Whatever Falls. An uneven set, like most similar albums, it includes huge time gaps. Most fans will be more interested by the tracks from the 1970s. "Watch Your Step" is a good Flash song never released on an album. "Hold On," "Who," and "Everything Changes" date from the mid-'70s and follow a sound similar to the late group ("Who" features Flash guitarist Peter Banks -- Yes completists, take note). "It's Alright" also has that Brit rock & roll feel, even though it dates from 1989. After that we jump to the 1990s. From that point onward, Angels & Ghosts looses much of its interest. Only the die-hard fans will find something worth listening to in keyboard-ridden demos like "Mister F," "Baby," and "Indian Food." The CD ends with two more tracks for '70s sake: an excerpt of a (badly recorded) radio interview in 1977 and a snippet of Flash going bonkers in the studio ("Never Stand Behind an Old Piano"). As long as you clearly understand what you will find on this album (in terms of Flash material and such), you should not be disappointed. Of course, the non-fan has no reason to take a peak here.

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