Hill Street Views
This remains one of those great lost classic records - the debut from Shutterspeed caught everyone by surprise, with it's potent mixture of high-energy rock, soulful melodies, impassioned vocal delivery and youthful exuberance. By the time they came to make this album, the band lineup had coalesced into a hard-touring soul revue, led by mesmerising frontman Andrew Petersen. The Hammond organ and backing vocals of Frank Roveta added a classic Southern soul tinge, while the powerhouse drumming of Scott Lapthorne, locked in with the bassof Adam Vesly, drove the band to new levels. The first single, 'Good Little Monkey', was an arch riposte to the manufactured Idols, but the band proved to be so much more, with tracks like 'Different Breed Of Cat' and 'Polaroid' marking them as something special. Critics raved, the shows got bigger, and the band rapidly moved from bars to festivals and national tours. It's a great album, and well worth the price of admission...