9/10 Clinton Staff review, 06 December 2011
I'm a tough old cynic, normally left cold by the mountains of 1970s nostalgia that is foisted the way of those 30- and 40-somethings who have long since realised that life has never quite lived up to the earlier carefree days. Yet even me with my teak exterior melted into some kind of giddy puddle on hearing the first few seconds of this charming LP, tears only a whisker from spouting from my eyes. For the youngsters out there, 'Fingerbobs' was the kind of creaky, homespun children's television show of which the BBC excelled in the 1970s with characters made out of cardboard tubes, wood shavings and old gloves. The music and narration was done by Rick Jones erstwhile Playschool presenter and folk musician. The music is full of delightful little folk ditties on woody sounding acoustic guitar, vocals sometimes straightforward and at other times in an array of characters. It's charm personified, excellently done and interspersed with enough narration and incidental music to give you a feel of what the original show was all about. In a chilling twist Jones later drowned the main character Fingermouse in a cup of coffee on the last day of filming, yet Fingermouse later re-emerged heading his own show in the mid '80s with 'Lost' like production values, yet it's this early lo-fi work that fascinates and this excellent re-issue does it justice perfectly.
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- Fingerbobs – Original Television Music by Rick Jones/ Michael Cole/ Michael Jessett
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