The Temperance Seven ‎– The Temperance 7 Inch Record

Argo (2) ‎– EAF 14
Vinyl, 7", EP

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 The Eton Boating Song
Written-By – Kaps*
A2 Laughing Blues
Written-By – Unknown Artist
B1 Alexander's Record-Breaking Band
Written-By – Irving Berlin
B2 Bill Bailey Won't You Please Come Home
Written-By – Cannon*

Companies, etc.


Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label, side 1): FRG 2027
  • Matrix / Runout (Matrix on label, side 2): FRG 2028
  • Rights Society (On side 2 label only, boxed): BIEM NCB
  • Other (Tax code on labels): E/T


Add Review



August 16, 2009

This was the Temperance 7's first release. As the musicians were generally professional orchestra players in their own right, the performers' names are pseudonyms. The regular concert music and other releases of the Temperance 7 are intended to re-create the dance band music of the 1920's and 30's, in which they are extremely successful; this first release, however, is much more along the lines of joke music, in the absolute best sense of the phrase.

It is extremely well-arranged and executed, but such things as the gloomy excursion into the minor mode for a chorus of the Eton Boating Song, and an eight-bar repetitive section of Alexander's Record-breaking (Ragtime) Band which makes you think the "needle has got stuck", make you realise just how competent they are. Their accomplished clarinettist mimics and exaggerates the best of the traditional jazz players of the 1920's, from a gentle measured trot to a frenetic smear-based yowl in "Bill Bailey", leaving the listener breathless!

In some ways their first major hits "You're Driving me Crazy" and "Pasadena", with the separate codas separated by pauses, is reminiscent of the humour in the Temperance 7 Inch, which is definitely for specialists in musical humour rather than avid Temperance 7 collectors, who might find it somewhat disappointing as it is quite a distance from their excellent 1930's arrangements.