BETHNAL (Buy CDs by this artist)
Crash Landing (UK Vertigo) 1978
Dangerous Times (UK Vertigo) 1978
On the strength of live performances during 1976, this multi-ethnic London band was considered one of the most promising new groups in Britain. Admittedly different from the pack, lead singer George Csapo played keyboards and violin instruments not then in vogue among new wavers. Unfortunately, Bethnal was never able to properly translate its hard-driving mid-period-Who-influenced sound to vinyl. They came closest on Dangerous Times, but were thwarted by Kenny Laguna's thin, pop-oriented production which highlights the band's material and vocals (both spotty) over its superior musicianship and energy; covers of "Baba O'Reilly" [sic] and "We've Gotta Get Out of This Place," while interesting choices, add nothing to the originals.
Crash Landing, produced by Phil Chapman and Pete Townshend's brother-in-law, Jon Astley, moves Bethnal into glossy, emptyheaded arena-style terrain that effectively alienated the band's supporters and failed to interest a new audience.[Dave Schulps]
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