It should be a top 30 album.
I listened to it recently and it still shines brightly.
But what of Lloyds's solo output? He's been a prolific boy, but that generosity has led to some questionable quality control.
I really thought that it was going to be 'Don't Get Weird On Me Babe'...
I played it a couple of days ago to confirm this.
It was all going so well; the first side is a sumptuous thing; faultless and quite beautiful; the Buckmaster orchestrations are... masterful. But then the 2nd 'band' side kicks in and it all became a bit 'Lloyd by Numbers' for me.
Romantic for sure, with just the right blend of vinegar to balance the saccharine strings. The string side was originally the 'B' side; unsure why they changed that for the CD. I resequenced things and it really works better that way; the rockers see the return of Quine, Maher and Sweet and their cocky twang sets the quieter stuff up really well; it's like a heavenly double act where Lloyd switches from jeans and t shirt at half time and dons a tuxedo to front the wondrous orchestrations of what was the original side two.
So there you are; it was never in doubt folks... DGWOM is Cole's finest by a mile.
I'll probably wake up with a slight twinge after 'The Full Fifteen', reach for the quieter more reflective 'Love Story' and have to rewrite this whole pigging piece...
Until then, here's my favourite solo song of Lloyd's followed by some fine live performances.