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Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead

Ted Leo & The PharmacistsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Anyone who was lucky enough to see Ted Leo and the Pharmacists live over the last year or so got an advance preview of some of the songs that make up THE BRUTALIST BRICKS. I was at a more than a few of those shows, and let me just say that as someone who has witnessed some of the most important rock shows in the last twenty-plus years* I could not believe what my eyes were seeing and my ears ... Read more in Amazon's Ted Leo & The Pharmacists Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 7, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lookout Records
  • ASIN: B0000CD5HD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead
2. The High Party (Solo)
3. The Sword In The Stone
4. Bleeding Powers
5. Dirty Old Town
6. Ghosts
7. (Decaying Artifact)
8. Six Months In A Leaky Boat
9. Loyal To My Sorrowful Country
10. Bonus Track 1

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great complement to Hearts of Oak November 12, 2003
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In the years between the breakup of Chisel and the beginnings of The Pharmacists, Ted Leo bounced around his record collection, drawing on over 20 years of absorbing rock & roll, punk, indie, soul, hip hop, etc. and translating it to create music that is unique while remaining familiar. We know that we heard that song before when listening to Ted Leo's solo stuff, but we can't pin just where we heard that riff, verse or melody. All we know is that we like it.
Ted's first solo release sounded like a man left alone with his home studio and tape loops. Almost 5 years later, now that Ted has climbed his way near the top of the indie rock sludge heap, he takes a side trip back to his solo roots. This time, he is armed with the experiences and skills gained while rocking out with the Pharmacists. We see a more focused Ted Leo this time around than on his initial solo release.
Ted has long worshipped at the altar of British singer-songwriters. He draws his social commentary and trebly, stop-start guitar style from Billy Bragg and his cool intensity and whiteboy soul from Paul Weller. While these two artists lurk in the background on Ted's past stuff with the Pharmacists, they really step to the foreground on the Balgeary EP. And no one these days interprets Messrs. Bragg and Weller better than Ted Leo. His version of The Jam's "Ghosts", coupled with "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" (Split Enz) and The Pogues' "Dirty Old Town" (the latter being a fan favorite) all give us an eye into Ted's English-speaking influences around the globe.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ted Leo is the man, simple as that October 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
To put it simply, I think this is the catchiest thing I have ever heard. Ted Leo is a true genious and an amazing song writer. This CD is complied of the title track (which is from the full lenght "Hearts of Oak" which is also trluy amazing), one weird interlude thing, and 8 of the catchiest tracks I've ever heard. Every song had me up and dancing around my room, clapping my hands and smiling like a crazy man. The songs are so warm and so upbeat, and are basicly just Ted and his guitar. "Tell Balgary..." is a truly spectacular and catchy release. This is another solid addition to an amazing back catalog, which is just as catchy and well written as this release, if not more so.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not even demo quality December 12, 2012
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One very good song and the rest is truly Ted solo, just his voice and guitar. The songs are very good, and there's nothing wrong with a man singing solo with only his guitar to accompany him, but geez, would a LITTLE production value hurt? The sonics are really awful on this CD, and the recordings are not even up to demo level. This ep could easily be a 4 star CD if Ted would have taken the time to record the solo songs in a professional setting instead of what sounds like a cheap cassette recorder in his bedroom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ted being ted June 8, 2008
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not since joe jackson has someone been so indepentantly cool and rocking, great ep by a real genius indie rocker, ted leo.
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