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Miles Hunt - The Custodian (Good Deeds Records)

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3

Revisited and well rehearsed in preparation for his forthcoming UK tour, the Wonder Stuff frontman selects thirty songs from his prolific back catalogue and presents them in stripped down acoustic form. The title of the two-disc set comes from a conversation with fellow singer songwriter Tom Robinson, who suggested that Hunt's repertoire of fine pop songs actually belongs to his audience rather than to himself or indeed his publisher and that he should see himself more as a custodian of this impressive body of work.

The songs chosen from four decades of song writing includes such notable Wonder Stuff hits as The Size of a Cow and Caught in My Shadow, together with new material, including the title song Custodian and Fits and Starts, a video for which has just been released. There are omissions, but none of them particularly glaring, unless of course we had any burning desire to revisit the band's biggest hit, a cover of Tommy Roe's Dizzy - though perhaps Vic Reeves wasn't available for the tour, or indeed the legendary back flip!

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky