Vocal duo Peters & Lee were winners of the 1973 series of UK televison talent quest show Opportunity Knocks
(that also gave the world Mary Hopkin, and comedian Les Dawson).
The duo subsequently became the first musical act to score simultaneous No.1 chart placings in both the UK singles and album charts since The Beatles, with the single "Welcome Home", and album We Can Make It
By the time of this album's release though, Peters & Lee's time in the sun was well and truly over - neither of them could really sing - their vocals on this album come across as feint and wispy, entirely lacking in virility or character, to the extent that I can honestly say I've heard far better singers at my local karaoke restaurant, the only difference being that because Peters & Lee's material has been rehearsed it sounds somewhat more polished.
The Farewell Album
would I suppose be categorised as light entertainment, but with material this insipid it takes easy listening to a level that makes even Roger Whittaker sound positively risqué.
So this album only succeeds in highlighting the tragic state UK pop music had found itself in by the mid-1970's - it's the sort of stuff that precipitated the 1976 emergence of punk as a voice for disaffected youth - so that by 1980, when this final chapter in the duo's career was released, the UK music scene had moved on, and become an entirely different and thankfully reinvigorated beast. Rated:
by Reviewer: bluemoon