P326 ORACLE 326 Fri25 Dec ITV 2001:11 ORACLE 2/3    THE MONKEES Arista Davy Jones played Ena Sharples'grand- son in Coronation St.This & many other fascinating facts about the four lads who were brought together to make a tv series & ended up being rock superstars is in the most interesting sleeve notes I've read for a long time. The album itself is great for wallowing in nostalgia too.Every track you ever wanted to re-hear is here including the classic 'I'm A Believer''Theme from the Monkees','Daydream Believer' & 'A Little Bit Me-A Little Bit You' to name but a few. It would make an ideal Christmas present for someone.But I suggest you keep it for yourself!
P326 ORACLE 326 Fri25 Dec ITV 2000:00 ORACLE 3/3    TENPOLE TUDOR:LET THE FOUR WINDS BLOW Remember'Swords of a Thousand Men' & 'Wunderbar'? Their next single is 'Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water'the chorus of which bears no relation to the rest of the song but it's great to sing along to.The rest of the album varies from the uninspired, 'It's Easy To See' to the unusual, 'Trumpeters'which has a distinct Spanish feel to it. The band is inclined to sway from something resembling heavy metal to rock 'n roll.The lead singer sounds uncannily like Wreckless Eric on'Her Fruit is Forbidden' but despite this they still seem to be searching for a direction for their music to take
P326 ORACLE 326 Fri25 Dec ITV 2040:11 ORACLE 1/3    ASWAD "NEW CHAPTER" (CBS) Pure reggae is not usually chart mat- erial.Bands like Aswad are in almost hopeless competition with strong comm- ercial black/white reggae from bands like UB40 & The Beat & the more light- weight reggae of Sugar Minott & Black Slate etc. Aswad have always shone through all this.The integrity of their lyrics & the understated musical excel- lence-more than ever apparent in New Chapter-will always keep them on the front line of black British reggae.They sing about the worst aspects of being black & British with no hate in their words or voices. Their peaceful Rastat- farian philosophy completes the formula New Chapter is a beautiful album.