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Cressida

24 Aug 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Aug 2010
  • Label: Akarma
  • Copyright: (c) Akarma
  • Total Length: 45:25
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  • ASIN: B002YATO4W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,075 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David M. Harley on 25 July 2006
Format: Audio CD
A truly stunning peice of prog rock.

Great songs, lovely keyboards, good harmonies

kind of cross between the Zombies and Caravan

I cant praise them higher

2nd album Asylum also worth getting

Progdave
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 25 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
This album was made at the time when organs, melotrons, and musical exploration was at an exciting stage. Cressida were a band that were part of that era. This album is similar to bands such as Caravan, Beggars Opera and Pink Floyd. The organ is more jazzy than other prog bands. The songs are shorter with a hint of pop but overall the music has a original non-commercial appeal.
Its a pleasant album to listen to with some nice vocals and good songs.
Overall this is an album I would play on a Sunday afternoon with a wine or two. Well worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PRUGRUCKER(70) on 19 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
Stunning progressive rock masterpiece, by this awesome band.
The beautiful vocals are second to none.
The keyboards are up there with anything else of the era.
The guitars are also top notch, with both sublime passages and heavy riffs.
The drums keep it all very tight.
So what you end up with is a truly fantastic album that stays fresh.
A true must for any fan of Prog Rock!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Danby on 18 Dec 2013
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I have had this album on vinyl since it's release but have not heard it for several years. it was good to hear it again in digital format and relive all the old memories. BRILLIANT!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TRAGICALLY OVERLOOKED PROG-ROCK BEAUTY! 15 May 2004
By "sonic-x" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My recollection is that this band was made up of a bunch of UK studio musicians; not surprisingly, the playing is excellent throughout. Twelve perfectly crafted songs, each featuring interesting lyrics and concise (and expertly crafted) solos by the guitarist and keyboardist. Guitarist John Heyworth sings one tune and sounds suspiciously like Justin Hayward; keyboardist Peter Jennings plays precise, tasteful solos, and if you love the deep, dark sound of a Hammond B-3 organ, you will love this guy's playing (especially the long solo on the track "Depression", which is absolutely beautiful). This album was the first of two, and definitely the one to have if you're only having one (the second alb, "Asylum", has a different guitarist and the song writing isn't up to par; a bit of the "sophomore slump"). Very strange and cool album art as well.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
UK Organ Prog Classic 4 Sep 2000
By Chris Gerbig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Forget "easy listening" prog. Vocalist Angus Cullen sings somewhat in the vein of Justin Hayward, but that's where the comparison to the Moody Blues ends. Cressida's debut from 1970 is full of swirling organ, jazzy percussion, great fuzz guitar, and lots of swing. The title track "Cressida" is superb, with its great organ riff and snappy drums. "To Play Your Little Game" and "Lights In My Mind" are in the same upbeat vein. There are also more melancholic moments such as "Depression" and "Down Down". Cressida were one of the early progressive groups to incorporate the mellotron, but they used it to much greater effect on their 2nd album "Asylum". In fact, "Asylum" is their best and most progressive. This debut tends to shorter, poppier, more driving songs with a touch of psychedelia. The main complaint may be that this kind of music will sound "dated" to some. It's still highly enjoyable and much overlooked. Fans of early UK prog in the vein of Spring, Gracious, Fantasy or Beggars Opera should really love this. And if you like prog rock with lots of organ, this could be for you.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Lost Gem 18 Aug 2003
By John Murray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I heard this album years ago and for some reason it stuck in my mind so I did a search on it. I'm glad to see that it is still available so now I will buy it. The only reason I didn't give this album 5 stars is because I couldn't get enough of the guitar work, the guy did some brilliant stuff but was really subdued in a lot of the material so I'm disappointed. However I will do further searches on this guitarist (John Heyworth) and see what I can come up with. I hope he is still around and still making albums.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this album 13 Mar 2009
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Imagine if the lead singer of the Moody Blues (Justin Hayward) auditioned for Deep Purple and imagine if the songwriting was highly enjoyable in the same way, er, let me think here- Arthur Lee's Love is. That's sort of what Cressida is like.

It's amazing JUST how much the lead singer resembles Justin Hayward. I am absolutely in love with this, and the follow-up Asylum. I put this band in the same camp as other rock acts such as Camel in that, while they are tagged as progressive rock, they actually play the kind of music that ANYONE can like, because that's just the nature of the band. They don't try to irritate the listener, they don't try to be anything they're not- Cressida just wants you to like them, simple as that, and they succeed.

Cressida comes across as just a likeable band and this album will show you how good they were at writing music. A must buy, or better yet, get that collection with this and Asylum that amazon is selling currently. Great stuff.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Melodic Prog Rock From Scotland 1 Feb 2011
By Aron Rush - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Yea, the vocals of Angus Cullen will remind you of the Moody Blues, but Cressida has their own sound. Guitarist John Heyworth passes from beautiful melodic passages to jazz and fuzzed rock and and places in between smoothly. He's certainly an under appreciated talent as is often the case when the playing is there to strengthen the songs, not show off. Keyboardist Peter Jennings contributes his immense skills to organ, piano and mellotron. His talent is evident no matter what the style of the song, but his classical passages are absolutely beautiful. The rhythm section of bassist Kevin McCarthy and future Uriah Heep drummer Iain Clarke know exactly what to play in order to lift every song to what it should be. A very talented band.

This album covers a lot of musical ground, but over all stays on the melodic side, making for a relaxed listening experience. The songs tend to be more concise than on most prog albums of the period. No showcasing of the band's talents in long solos, just a seemingly genuine interest in playing good songs. While my tastes tend towards the harder side of prog, I really enjoy this album, though I like their second album Asylum even better. John Culley replaced Heyworth on guitar and succeeded in this difficult task, and would later replace Jim Gannon in Black Widow.

Cressida is not one of the better known of the many talented artists to record for the excellent Vertigo label, but certainly measure up to the standards you would expect from a band on their roster.
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