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The Fivepenny Piece Discography

King Cotton
Fivepenny Piece

EMI EMC 3129

Release Date: 1976

This was far and away the band's best-selling album, and arguably their finest. It reached the UK national top ten, perhaps partly because of the exposure the band had been getting on TV, notably on the Esther Rantzen show That's Life. The album has the usual variety of material, both nostalgic and humorous, but this time the songs are thoughtfully sequenced, interlinked by spoken and sung passages with "brass band" accompaniment. This coherent arrangement is very effective and no doubt helps to explain the album's great success.

Some of the band's best-loved songs appeared on this album, including the Northern humour of Where There's Muck There's Brass, Affluence and Hear All, See All, Say Nowt; the lovely Watercolour Morning and Sail Away, Tin Soldier Friend; and the thought-provoking Old England - and of course the title song. A point to note is that the band's name was shown on the front cover as Fivepenny Piece (not The Fivepenny Piece), for the first time.

Side 1

  1. King Cotton
  2. Mi Gronny
  3. Watercolour Morning
  4. Hear All, See All, Say Nowt
  5. People Said
  6. Affluence

Side 2

  1. Where There's Muck There's Brass
  2. Stamford Street Lament
  3. TV Addict
  4. Sail Away Tin Soldier Friend
  5. The Football Match
  6. Old England
The Fivepenny Piece CD cover


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