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A giant collection (24 tracks on the CD, 18 on the 2LP) of odds and sods from Cinerama, the filmic pop outlet of Leeds legend David "Wedding Present" Gedge, including B-sides, radio sessions, songs in French and German and their take on 'Diamonds Are Forever'. This is in fact their third collection mopping up non-album tracks in a more easily accessible format. Busy lad, that Gedge.

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Seven Wonders Of The World by Cinerama
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6/10 Clinton Staff review, 10 September 2014

What was the point in Cinerama other than an experiment to prove how one dimensional David Gedge’s songwriting was? This is a collection of EP’s and assorted tracks. Opener ‘Health and Efficiency’ is a slow-burning ballad with those classic 90’s string sections slathered all over whereas ‘Swim’ differs from the Wedding Present only by tiny barely audible margins. Gedge always liked a cover version but as the Arctic Monkey’s later found out, covering ‘Diamonds are Forever’ is usually a very bad move. He tries singing in French on ‘Lollobrigida’ but its very similar to the unconvincing Yorkshire/French hybrid spoken by Eric Oulthwaite's (Michael Palin) father in a particularly memorable episode of ‘Ripping Yarns’  and as if to emphasise the French feel of the track they employ an accordion.

Again ‘Quick Before It Melts’ would have been a Wedding Present song but for a string section tacked on the second verse. Catchy enough though and I suppose Gedge had earned the right to do what the feck he liked before he consolidated the Wedding Present as a tribute to itself. Still, this is a neat collection for fans of the man comes on swish on double vinyl with sleeve notes from the ‘bass player’ which tells a story of Steve Albini being "driven up the wall" while recording the band. I can only empathise. 



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