|Studio album by Kevin Coyne|
|Label||Virgin Records VD 2501|
|Kevin Coyne chronology|
Marjory Razorblade is a double-LP by artist Kevin Coyne and was one of the earliest releases on Virgin Records, which had launched four months earlier in 1973. The double album includes the track Marlene, which was issued as a single, and Eastbourne Ladies, which was featured among the selection of tracks played by John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten at the height of the Sex Pistols notoriety on the Capital Radio show A Punk & His Music, broadcast in London in summer 1977.
Reviewing the album for the BBC in 2010, Mike Diver, wrote:
- There are not that many artists with 40 albums to their name who haven’t at least once enjoyed significant mainstream recognition ... Ultimately, sadly, Coyne’s legacy is one that’s remained relatively under the radar.
- But while the pop market was resistant, Coyne found fans amongst the music world’s cognoscenti: John Lydon expressed his admiration of Marjory Razorblade in 1977, particularly praising the swaggering Eastbourne Ladies, and John Peel was an early supporter, signing Coyne’s pre-solo-career band Siren to his Dandelion label.
- ... indulgent it’s not, restraint expressed both lyrically – words cut deep, but with precise strokes rather than repeat swings – and exercised in the skeletal frames of several of these songs... by and large this is a stripped-bare affair, a musical unit unburdened by technological temptation and just letting the music flow through them. At the heart might be Coyne, but each player is a vital component, more than a constituent part that could be swapped at a moment’s notice. There’s a comfortable compatibility evident, a synthesis of individual ability into one effective, enchanting end product.
The gatefold album sleeve was designed by prominent graphic artist Barney Bubbles utilising photographs of Coyne by Phil Franks; Bubbles also designed the distinctive logo carrying the album title and credit, though was content not to receive a credit.
In 1998 Virgin's financial director Ken Berry recalled that on his first day at the company's west London offices he was presented with artist royalty statements scrawled on the back of Bubbles' invoice for the Marjory Razorblade design.
All tracks composed by Kevin Coyne except where indicated.
- "Marjory Razorblade"
- "Talking to No One"
- "Eastbourne Ladies"
- "Old Soldier"
- "I Want My Crown" (Traditional)
- "Lonesome Valley" (Alvin Pleasant Carter)
- "House on the Hill"
- "Cheat Me"
- "Jackie and Edna"
- "Everybody Says"
- "Heaven in My View" (Alvin Pleasant Carter)
- "Karate King"
- "Dog Latin"
- "This Is Spain"
- "Chairman's Ball"
- "Good Boy"
- "Chicken Wing"
- Kevin Coyne - vocals, guitar
- Gordon Smith - guitar, mandolin
- Jean Roussel - piano
- Tony Cousins - bass, bass tuba
- Chili Charles - drums, congas
- Steve Verroca - acoustic case and piano
- Malcom Healey - synthesizer
- Dave Clague - guitar
- Producer: Steve Verroca at The Manor and at Saturn Studios
- Engineers: Tom Newman, Simon Heyworth, Phil Newell
- Sleeve design (uncredited) - Barney Bubbles
- Photography - Phil Franks
The record was also released, as a single LP, in the US (Virgin VR 13-106) with a truncated track listing of: Eastbourne Ladies, Old Soldier, Marlene, Everybody Says, Lovesick Fool, House On The Hill, Nasty, Talking To No One, Dog Latin, I Want My Crown and Marjory Razorblade.
- "Kevin Coyne, Marjory Razorblade, Review: A trove of largely forgotten delights ready for rediscovery", by Mike Diver, 2010-01-15, at bbc.co.uk
- Reasons To Be Cheerful: The Life & Work Of Barney Bubbles, Paul Gorman (Adelita 2008) ISBN 978-0-9552017-3-8
- Kevin Coyne - House On The Hill (live at BBC TV Studios) reproduced at YouTube
- Kevin Coyne - I Want My Crown (live at BBC TV Studios) reproduced at YouTube
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