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Asylum [Import]

Cressida Audio CD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Above-average early 70s British progressive rock 2 Aug 2002
By Allen Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like hammond organ/piano/electric guitar-driven early 70s rock with some jazz leanings, then this is for you. The singer has a good sense of melody and an interesting, pleasant voice that doesn't annoy, unlike a few other bands working similar territory (Spring comes to mind). It's not complex music, but it's still enjoyable, especially the occasional shift into jazzier territory. Also, the quality of the recording is pretty good considering the era.
I'm just wondering why "Asylum" has been widely acclaimed to have mellotron on it, specifically the track "Munich," when in fact there is no mellotron on this CD...AT ALL. Several sources have made the mellotron claim, which I find odd to say the least. There ARE real strings in this song and on a couple of others, as well as a bit of real brass here and there. It's pretty obvious that they're not mellotron strings or brass. In fact, by reading the liner notes, you will see that there is an actual orchestra credited, whilst there are NO mellotron credits listed anywhere. End of story. I was disappointed because I was expecting to hear mellotron, which I love, though the orchestrations apparently mistaken for mellotron are done very tastefully, especially on "Munich."
Overall, this CD is good, but it's nothing spectacular. Though certainly a pleasant listen, there isn't anything on here that leaps out as being outstanding. Thus, I wouldn't call this essential unless you are really attracted to this type of sound.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of two 4 Jun 2000
By Sigmund Ruud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was Cressida's second and last album, and the best one. The starting line "Lunatic Larry beating his head on the wall" fits well in with the title of the album, "Asylum". It's got a couple of longer tracks than the debut and sounds a bit more mature. Still a pleasent group to listen to, without too many "turn-arounds" in rhythm like too many bands loved to do at this time. For Uriah Heep fanatics: Iain Clark, the drummer is the same as on "Look At Yourself" He plays on both Cressida albums.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting early 70 s progressive band 6 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the band signed by Phillips asylum . Early 70 s progressive mixing up everything with a particular taste of Jazz . piano player & singer very interesting
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Example of Early UK Proto-Prog 5 May 2002
By Thomas J Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I haven't heard Cressida's first album yet, but I REALLY enjoy Asylum. Very good mix of vocals and laid back jazzier moments, along with the straight ahead bluesy jam mingled here and there for good measure. Mellotron fans will drool over the 9 minute 'Munich', which is my favorite cut on the whole CD. Definitely the highlight of the album, although I can safely say the rest is very enjoyable too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Came From The Heavens And With Them They Brought Sound 6 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My Dad Got Me Into Cressida And To My Surprise Im Astonished To Find That This CD is Avalible To The Hole World To Listen To.If There Is Any Body Out There Who Has Any Bootlegs I Will Pay A Very High Price Or I Will Be Wiling To Record Them To CD For You For FREE. I Also Need A Bass Player,What A Great Place To Advertise This On. Theres 3 Of Us In THe Band At The Moment Drumer 16 Very Good Lead Guitarist Very Good + Vocals Keyboard/Rythem Guitarist Amazing I Live In Ringwood,Hampshire,UK And I Dont Have An Email Adress So Please TEL: (01425) 472040
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