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I like both these a lot. The "three feet thick" remark is very apt.

Yeah, I'm not familiar with any other early 80's recordings that are so sparse in their instrumentation yet so "fat" sounding.

For some reason "Be Brave" reminded me of Neil Young's "Oh Susanna."

If Young's "Oh Susanna" sounds like Shocking Blue's "Venus," you are not mistaken. The tune came from a 1963 song by the Big Three (featuring Cass Elliot) called "The Banjo Song," which is Stephen Foster's lyrics set to a new tune. Shocking Blue borrowed the tune and changed the words. Young used Big Three's "The Banjo Song," but called it "Oh Susanna."

I love this kind of obscure trivia.

Never heard the Neil Young song. Might have a chance to listen later.

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