Hereward Kaye

Golden Mile

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Golden Mile was recorded in 1981 under the auspices of a major record label but never released due to contractual problems. It came out on Secret Records (through Voiceprint) in late 2001. In the early '80s Hereward Kaye was almost completely unknown except for an LP with bassist Tom Robinson, Café Society. Out of the blue he had a record contract, a big budget, and an impressive cast who included drummer Preston Heyman, Dire Straits guitarist Phil Palmer, and Genesis producer David Hentschel, plus guests like Beatles saxophonist Howie Casey and Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. As good as the production and musicians are, Kaye's songs cut it only half of the time. His approach to the pop song stems from the Beatles' repertoire and passes through Chris de Burgh and Supertramp. They are most successful when they ally the simple melodies of the first, the sense of drama and storytelling of the second (circa Spanish Train & Other Stories), and some of the flair of the third. The album opens with the highly effective "Scared." Sadly, Kaye was unable to keep the excitement to that level and things often fall into generic late-'70s/early-'80s pop. "Too Little," the title track, and "Greatest Show" (with its chorus line: "If you don't think I'm funny you'll laugh when you see me go down") are all worthy tracks, and if it had been released in 1982 or so it might have had an impact or at least become a minor critical success, but in the end Golden Mile will appeal only to Kaye's fans.

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