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PLAYING IN THE FLAME

Sally Oldfield

Crossover Prog


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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1 Playing in the Flame
2 Love of a Lifetime
3 River of My Childhood
4 Let It All Go
5 Song of the Lamp
6 Rare Lightning
7 Manchild
8 It's a Long Time
9 Song of the Being

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Line-up / Musicians

Robert Ahwry Guitar
Aswad
Eddie Blair Trumpet
Hugh Burns Guitar
Sarah Cawley Vocals
Mel Collins Saxophone
Betsy Cook Synthesizer
Dave Davani Organ
Wynford Evans Vocals
Herbie Flowers Bass
Sarah Franklyn Vocals
Colin Green Guitar
Melanie Howard Vocals
Bob Jenkins Drums
Steve Lipson Guitar, Vocals
Julian Littman Vocals
Andrew McCrorie Shand Synthesizer
Charlie Morgan Drums
Ray Oldfield Vocals
Sally Oldfield Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Peek Guitar
Frank Ricotti Percussion
Gary Twigg Bass
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Godfrey Wang Synthesizer
Derek Watkins Horn
Pete Willsher Guitar (Steel)
Gavyn Wright Viola

Releases information

Vinyl LP Bronze 1981 - Bro 536
CD Castle 1990 - CLACD 215

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Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars With "Playing in the Flame", Sally Oldfield moves further to the mainstream, perhaps influenced by Kate Bush's contemporary success, while trying to repeat some of the "Celebration" formula. Unfortunately, neither strategy works very well, with several tracks simply recycling hooks from the prior disk.

This is noticeable in the title cut which seems like a cross between "Mandala" and "Blue Water" but lacks any of their eeriness or urgency. "River of my Childhood" conjures "Woman of the Night" but without its sultry charm, although "Let it all Go" has at it again with better results. Here and there funky elements surface which cast an undistinguished pall over the proceedings, and the same electric pianos and saxes which soared before sound cheap now. "Rare Lightning" illustrates this tendency, while "It's a Long Time" proves that even her normally convincing sunniness is subject to scrutiny at this point

Luckily, "Love of a Lifetime" and "Song of Being" are vintage Oldfield, the latter a thoroughly successful sequel, at least musically, to "My Damsel Heart.", with some celestial string synths coating the fade out. "Song of the Lamp" may be her most reverent song to that point, thanks partially to its hymn like chorus.

"Playing in the Flame" is by far the weakest of Sally's first 4 disks, as she appears to be unwilling to completely abandon her former style even as she runs out of ideas. Broadly, the album lacks much of the energy and enthusiasm of its predecessors. Still, it's better than a lot of what went down in the very early 80s, suggesting that the creative flame was not yet extinguished

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