Ducks Deluxe

Coast To Coast: The An­thol­ogy

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Mal­colm Dome

For a brief flicker in the early 70s, Ducks Deluxe ruled the pub­rock cir­cuit. Their sweat-soaked en­ergy and straight­for­ward rock’n’roll had no gim­micks at­tached, nor a dis­cernible im­age. All these guys wanted to do was get on stage, plug in and take the mu­sic and the fans to the limit.

Peo­ple now of­ten cite the Ducks be­cause var­i­ous mem­bers went on to achieve a higher pro­file in more suc­cess­ful bands like The

Mo­tors and Gra­ham Parker & The Ru­mour. But this lot should be hon­oured in their own right. And this three CD box set does ex­actly that.

Both early Ducks Deluxe al­bums are here – their self-ti­tled de­but from 1974 and Taxi To The Ter­mi­nal Zone the next year

– plus EP tracks and the A and B-sides of all their sin­gles. There are also demos, plus 2009 re­union mini al­bum Box Of Shorts and live ma­te­rial from a 2012 gig at the Half Moon in Put­ney.

Here’s clear af­fir­ma­tion that Ducks Deluxe were one of the UK’s best bands over four decades back, and can still back many oth­ers into a corner.

Pub-rock roy­alty.

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