Carrl Myriad This CD could be subtitled 'Another Side of Pete McMahon.' Pete is well known as a long-time stalwart of the Sydney bush and folk music scene. What he has given us here is a mini-album of five songs that he wrote and recorded between 1977 and 1980. The whole thing is a nice little time capsule really. It has a gentle, long-ago feel about it. Listening to it takes me to a dry, crispy-leaved uncluttered summertime of memory. 'There are butterflies in the backstreets in the wilds of Balmain. I've seen them there whilst hunting something I couldn't gain....' (Butterflies in the Back Streets) Several songs are concerned with time passing, in Heartdust- 'Time Flows The Years How They Go',and in Post War and Comfy, 'Time Passes, Passes Triumphantly'. The music is of a jazzy, folksy, acoustic pop style evocative of the time it was written. Pete's guitar and nicely laid back vocals are augmented, by just the night amount of backing from percussion, mandolin, flute, sax and piano, flaming the songs but never taking over. There is some nice playing here. A totally satisfying package from the appropriate watercolour cover to the good clean recording sound. If you can't remember the 70's because you were there (ot weren't) get this CD to find out how it was - or ought to have been. And get along to one of Pete's gigs (with his new band The McMahon Bros) and make sure he slips some of these songs in his next set. Cornstalk Gazette March 2004.
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