|1. Overture (to a shoemaker)
2. Children Of Imagination
3. Tell You A Story
4. Magic Shoes
5. A Reason For Everything
6. Treacle Toffee World
7. Only A Dream
8. Flies Like A Bird
9. It Wouldn’t Have Happened In My Day
11. Like To Help You If I Can
12. I Can See The Sky
13. Fathers Name Is Dad
14. It’s Just Love
16. Happy Man Am I
17. Mama (When Will I Understand?)
On 30th November and 1st December 2007 at The Windlesham Theatre, Surrey, England FIRE one of the UK’s most influential underground and progressive rock bands of late 60’s/early 70/s reformed to perform their concept album “The Magic Shoemaker”. This album is a live recording of the band playing that album in its entirety.
The three original members DAVE LAMBERT, DICK DUFALL and BOB VOICE were joined on stage by RAY HAMMOND to narrate the story which Dave Lambert wrote as one of the first British “concept albums” ever to be recorded.
Fire disbanded in 1971 and Dave Lambert joined the STRAWBS and today he still tours with the band as singer, songwriter and guitarist for the band.
DAVE LAMBERT, DICK DUFALL, BOB VOICE
...it's an hour+ just as magical as are the shoes in question themselves. The band is mostly sticking to the original arrangements, so it works for newcomers just as well. In case any of you are reading this, you'll be guided through a wide range of late'60s subgenres, such as some more freakbeat ('Flies Like A Bird'), jazzy blues ('Like To Help If I Can'), The Who-like popsike ('I Can See The Sky', 'Reason For Everything'), lysergic ballads by way of Traffic ('Only A Dream', 'Shoemaker'), and even toytown psych, reminiscent of Mark Wirtz's Teenage Opera ('Magic Shoes').
Goran Obradovic, November 2008
Very much of its time but with a glossy sleeve booklet containing old and new pics makes it a collectable item
Classic Rock Society (December 2008)
...it's an hour or so just as magical as the titular shoes
Shindig (December 2008)
Should draw in fans and followers of The Action, The Eyes, Q65, les Fleur De Lys and possibly The Who's early material...
Mike Reed, www.aural-innovations.com (April 2010)