|Newcastle Herald (AUS), 27 December 2005|
|THIS IS THE MAGIC MILE [album info]|
|3 CD Box Set, Hot Records|
With 23 solo albums under his belt Ed Kuepper was never going to be
short of material for this three-disc career retrospective.
And so it is that great tracks like the majestic King
Of Vice, the drum
and cello version of Eternally Yours and
the 5am hungover Mariachi reworking of Johnny
Of Fire are
just three that fail to get a start on this selection.
This compilation is the final in a triptych that began late last year
with the All Times Through Paradise set capturing Ed's late '70s buzzsaw
work with Aussie punk pioneers The Saints. Earlier this year came Cruel
But Fair, a three-disc set showcasing his work with the early '80s indie
alternative outfit Laughing Clowns.
There are fully produced multi-layered outings like Honey
All Of These Things and Confessions
Of A Window Cleaner. These are given
breathing space by fragile voice and guitar tunes like Horse
Sea Air and By
And while most of the work here is original, there's also the odd reworking
of covers from Highway To Hell to When
I Was Young.
Ed Kuepper's show with drummer
Jeffrey Wegener at Hamilton's Northern Star Hotel in May was one of the
highlights of 2005.
***** 5 (out of five) stars
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