"Mixed Up Shook Up
Girl The Solo Sessions 1977-1980 "
He's brilliant throughout,
but Willie de Ville-penned title cut and evergreen "Young Blood" from the
former category aren't as effervescent as "Say Hello (To Your Pretty
Friend)" from the latter. It's all different anyway, so "Clown To The World"
and smoothly orchestrated "Just One Smile", sung in warped crooning, Gene
Pitney mode, sit snugly side by side with bubbly middle-of-the-road of "It
Hurts To Be In Love" that bears Mike Hurst trademark.
Before him, Paul was lucky to work with another hit-making producer, Mike
Batt, yet here's a genuine continuity in music, a rare example of
sound-shapers working for the singer, not vice versa which speaks volumes
about the artist.
...a short solo career retrospective and a long-overdue rediscovery of the
great artiste - no pun intended! ****1/2
...cleaner and poppier than the Kursaals' sound, more Gene Pitney than
pre-punk pub rock...
Maverick (September 2006)
Musically it's very
typical of the period and bears comparison with other melodic pop
rockers of the time such as B.A. Robertson although the Phil Spector
style production employed on much of the material does give it a retro
Classic Rock Society
Of the 16 tracks it's a
travesty that 10 tracks never originally saw the light of day. If Gene
Pitney had come from Scotland, this is the music he would have made.
Record Collector (October
Working with excellent
musicians and two top notch producers, it still amazes that the singer
never found success...Too lush and light for British tastes,
Shuttleworth should have scuttled over to the States where he could have
been not just a contender but a superstar
throughout...a reare example of sound-shapers working for the singer,
not vice versa which speaks volumes about the artist...a long overdue
..little has been known
of him since his halcyon days of the mid-70s...This splendid anthology
seeks to redress the balance...
Hartlepool Mail (April 2007)