If you know Ritchie and Eddie, then the concept of this album wont
surprise one bit. Theres plenty of profane language and cartoon-like
sound effects. If you really know the duo, then Towns anarchic jazz
score wont be a huge surprise either. As The Dangerous Brothers, this
was the sort of thing that suited their chaos perfectly.
The dialogue might become annoying after a couple of listens, but this is
music that should continue to amuse and amaze. A great show piece is Gold
Teeth Tango in which the tempo winds down as if disconnected from a power
source. Then theres the half-cut saxophone of "Happy Hour" which shambles
its way through the saloon doors.
Surprisingly, theres a little romance. Surprising both in the sense
that the pair should finally manage to find a woman (!), and also in something
like Miss Carbonara offering tenderness amidst such sheer insanity. Its
perhaps an acquired taste. But ever since The Young Ones, thats always
been the case.
Ian Lace adds:-
Rik Mayall continues to draw the most uncomplimentary comments from the critics
and Guest House Paradiso is no exception. The under-graduate toilet
humour on this disc is a total embarrassment and I am surprised that Colin
Towns has chosen this vehicle to launch his new label. I would prefer to
forget its inanities and anticipate the promised Catherine Cookson material.
[P.O.V. Records: P.O.V. Records is the new label established by Colin Towns,
one of the UKs most prolific TV composers. The label is dedicated
exclusively to producing soundtrack albums. Following the release of Guest
House Paradiso, P.O.V. Records will be producing The Catherine Cookson CD
Collection Part ! from the last three television adaptations of Catherine
Cooksons dramas, including the new score from the forthcoming The Secret.
This album precedes potential future releases of music taken from all Catherine
Cookson television dramas.]
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