Review of Landscape A Go-Go, by Daryl Easlea.
A comprehensive collection of misfit muso music.
There were many examples of existing groups 'going glam' in 71/72 or 'turning punk' five years later; but fewer examples of groups 'transitioning to new romantic'. Maybe Midge Ure was the scene's Shane Fenton, but one of the most peculiar trajectories was that of Landscape.
Packed with musos, they created an underground jazz scene with their first two EPs, UX2ME1X2MUCH and Workers Playtime. Although they had already released a fascinating funk and library music-tinged album in 1979, due to drummer Richard James Burgess producing Spandau Ballet and getting into the Fairlight, they found themselves in the Top 10 with Einstein A Go Go and wearing make-up. Landscape A Go-Go is an intriguing. uneven collection that brings all of their work together, as much for a snapshot of the impact of changing technology and tastes on experienced musicians.