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- Love / Fallin' In Love by Britta Phillips & Dean Wareham
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 May 2014
All week we’ve been talking about when these Damon and Naomi 7”s are coming in forgetting that they are actually by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.
On the A side Dean covers Robyn Hitchcock’s ‘Love’ and a rather lovely thing it is too. Wareham’s quivery voice is perfect for the song giving it a naive Jonathan Richman/Daniel Johnston type feel despite the lushness of the music with its lashings of steel guitar and keyboards. On the flip its Britta’s turn and she takes on Dennis Wilson’s gorgeous ‘Fallin’ In Love’. I don’t think the Beach Boys even bothered to record this probably as Dennis was generally persona non grata during that era despite his undoubted talent.
Its a beautiful song, here its swathed in strings giving a bit of a Nancy Sinatra feel. It can’t compete with the original though or with the marvellous Brian Wilson-assisted American Spring version. Nice though.
10/10 Jonas Customer review, 12th June 2014
I'm loving this record, everything about it, their voices are amazing, even the look of the cover and the record inside. I'll be looking out for any more releases from this talented duo.
10/10 Jenell Kesler Customer review, 12th May 2014
I've always considered Dean and Britta to be like the artistic and secretive aunt and uncle my family only whispered about in the most hushed of conversations. Some said they were counter intelligence spies, others said that they'd made their money through the development of the rheostat that allowed car's intermittent wipers to function. But for me it was all a moot point, I thought they were wonderful and enchanting, that their relentless travelings were magical, and since we connected on an elemental level, postcards and cassette tapes would arrive at my door from scattered corners of the globe ... filled with intriguing wonders, until one day in 1969, they were never heard from again. Dean and Britta now fill that void for me, and on this dreamy musical postcard, where Dean covers the Robyn Hitchock song "Love", and Britta delivers such a hauntingly intoxicated version of The Beach Boys' "Fallin' In Love," that will lay you out as it caresses your soul ... both causing a hypnotic smile to slide across my face. Sure you can download this bit of wanderlust, but finding the coloured vinyl delivered to your front door like some long lost postcard, will set your heart to racing, and swim through your head like half forgotten memories of bygone days. So, while I certainly miss my aunt and uncle, Dean and Britta are still traveling the globe, and just when I expect it least, as in days long gone, in rolls a musical postcard ... and when they're in town, I still get to have an enchanted conversation. *** There are only 20 copies of the blue marbled version, and some of those have variations appearing more green, grey, or turquoise, the rest are black, with a total edition of 350 copies. Review by Jenell Kesler
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