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  • Vinyl (9 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tapestry
  • ASIN: B000Q66L56
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By whocares on 14 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
...led by the visionary genius known as Martin Cockerham,this group provides a rich source of melodic, eeire, hypnotic, euphoric, BEAUTIFUL and genuine music. perfect soundtrack to a vivid dream,or an adventure in some beautiful woods.
Barbara gaskin's feminine,seductive voice,the trumpeter's mastery of melody, the violinist's immense talent, the bassist's sound...what more can i say...they are a bands band...i like to compare their sound to psychedelic folk legends COMUS and hippie goddess LINDA PERHACS, but still no group sounds like SPIROGYRA!!!!!!!
every album is like a good book telling a story you wish wont come to an end.
Listen to all their albums from first release to last for an unforgettable musical adventure!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Watts on 23 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
This was the last Spirogyra album and it's the best. Musically it falls in the folk genre although this is only a broad statement at it has progressive and psychedelic elements to the music (especially in the opening 'The Furthest Point' and closing 'The Western World'). The latter song is actually is suite of four different songs with classical elements which builds to a marvellous crescendo. It's very moving. Also very moving is 'An Everyday Consumption Song', which is more in the wyrd/ acid folk vein. This song is very chilling (that flute hovering in the background is awesome!) with biting lyrics that are perhaps more relevant now than they were in 1973 when this album was originally released.

All the songs were written by Martin Cockerham, and I have to say that he is a very talented songwriter. His vocal is perhaps best described as an acquired taste (clearly influenced by Bob Dylan) but he strains far less on this album than he does on the previous two. However they have a secret weapon in female singer Barbara Gaskins whose voice is like woven honey, and is absolutely gorgeous.

With moods that range from fragile despair to eerie beauty to intoxicating euphoria, it's a crying shame this album is not more widely available as it is deserving of a much wider exposure. For those who still use vinyl you may still be able to track down the Tapestry reissue.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark C. on 25 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
it was a little late to go the one-song-melting-into-another style of psychedelia, but here it is carried out with expertise.
My only quible is that the 2nd and final super-strumming guitar sequence of the last piece seems more like filler to make it to the end of the record
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It is too bad we did not get album #4 which might have happened as they were together for another 2 years.
Repertoire has just remastered (well, 2006) St Radiguns and it sounds stunning.

I am told that Bells Boots & Shambles is next, maybe in the summer
Martin Cockerham was a genius
Barbara Gaskins voice is lovely silken, soothing intelligent-help me out here, Im running out of adjectives-any way a beauty to listen to
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Folk-Rocks 'Magical Mystery Tour' -a Masterwork 21 Aug. 2005
By Judas Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Damn...the more I listen to this album the more I realize the genius of Martin Cockerham and Barbara Gaskin.
The writing is first rate-the songs are a bit more upbeat and 'psychedelic' here, for want of a better term-yet done with grace and good judgment.
There are still subtle social, political and philosophical/spiritual tones to the songs, some done with wit, and a touch of madness.

It is too bad that much of Cockerhams acoustic guitar playing is buried in the mix-some of it is absolutely astounding-this is a mandatory headphone-listening recording.
And the arrangments, which are complex, can change at a moments notice, yet are very involving, memorable and delightful.

And then there is the lovely, sultry voice of hippy dream-girl Barbara Gaskin,
(a complement), weaving in and out of the proceedings, adding depth and harmonies with Martin on much of the record.

And from what ive heard-they were even better live-hard as that is to believe.
Martin Cockerham is now working to release an album of live material-with perhaps some of an unfinished 4th album.
(...)
Go there to find lyrics, news, photos, and some SPIROGYRA history, as well as what Martiin is up to.
He seems to have taken to the teachings of KRSNA(?)-and some of the site will reflect that.
It is too bad that this record is not on alternative playlists on College stations-
people dont know what they're missing-
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Canterbury Folk Classic 19 Nov. 2002
By Robert Carlberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This third album by Spirogyra is in many ways their most progressive -- flutes, trumpets, cellos, treated vocals, long instrumental sections -- and of course it features singer Barbara Gaskin, later of Hatfield and The North, National Health and the famed Dave Stewart/Barbara Gaskin juggernaut. All songs and male vocals are by Martin Cockerham, who writes very hummable tunes with biting lyrics. I hate to call it a "lost classic" since many people did discover it (just not me).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A remarkable album,especially if you're completely into such a particular prog-folk,but I prefer the prog-folk by Renaissance 28 Aug. 2010
By Lethe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well probably it's their unique work of prog folk to be a "master work" from the beginning to the end, as it can compare to the best albums (even in a different style) from Gryphon, Fairport Convention (these latter being anyway more folk rock oriented), Strawbs (with Wakeman in the vein of the Medieval music) and so on...well Mr Martin Cockerham and Mrs Barbara Gaskin were the true "master minds" of the band, where their creative genius is expressed by means of their alternating music composition, passing through the "spiritual" tunes and something more "psychedelic" (even though in an elegant manner), as well as quite complex arrangements...Cockerhams acoustic guitar is often intelligent (despite the uneven mix, which doesn't enhance it); while the music harmonies are enriched by means of such a good depth in the vocal intepretation, being perfectly "complementary" if compared to the guitar passages!! Then you find some orchestral instruments here, such as cellos, treated vocals, trumpets and flutes, making the atmosphere more "progressive"; the male vocal lines instead are quite simple, but at the end it's a minor defect in the economy of the ensemble!!
This albums represents the beginning and the end of the best period for the band: in fact Mrs Barbara Gaskin, by entering the world of Canterburian Music after this experience with Spyrogyra, will join Hatfield and the North...however- after all- it's a remarkable album, especially if you're completely into such a particular prog-folk, even though I prefer another kind of prog-folk (more "symphonic prog oriented" I mean, a-la Renaissance...)
Barbara Gaskins' Formative Years 5 Mar. 2015
By larry e. dahl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A wonderful glimpse into the past to hear the formative years of progressive folk rock. The re-issued item is wonderfully created and very informative. If you love Canterbury sound prog rock this is an essential band to explore.
5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great, Wonderfull 30 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the most fantastic Disc in the Word
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