Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
"ABBA-like", but not quite.........
S. Fennell | Somewhere out there.....beneath the pale moon ligh | 01/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Evidently, I am something of a rarity; an American fan of Bucks Fizz. (Anytime I have mentioned their records to friends, the initial reaction has been, "Who???") Oh well, it's their loss. Bucks Fizz was unfairly denied success in this country, even though they tried twice to release a recording over here. (1982's self-titled album on RCA, and 1986's "New Beginning" on Polydor, both of them compilation albums.) Whatever the reason, lack of promotion or lack of radio airplay, the albums went unnoticed. I, myself, would never have heard of them if it had not been for a couple of overseas vacations with my parents in the early 80's. Bucks Fizz was all over the charts in England at the time, and I came back to this country with every record of theirs I could find. This particular album, their 2nd, contains several chart toppers, including "My Camera Never Lies", "Land of Make Believe", and "Now Those Days are Gone", which has a beautiful acappella intro. (Even my friends who don't like Bucks Fizz, like this song.) Bucks Fizz has a sound very reminiscent of ABBA, although the sound is where the comparision stops, as Bucks Fizz wrote very few of their own songs. They were pretty much a manufactured group, put together as an entry in the Eurovision song contest, which they actually won in 1981 with the tune, "Making Your Mind Up". (It's on their first album.) Manufactured group or not, they have a great, although slightly-dated sound,(it just screams "80's"), and is great fun for the most part. An infuriating thing about their records is that most of the original singles have non-LP "B-sides", leaving a slew of tracks that are now unavailable, except for places like "ebay" where you can still find old 45's. Even though the group hasn't had a top 10 hit since 1986's "New Beginning", (at least not to my knowledge), I still recommend them to people unfamiliar with their music."