For the longest time, trying to get hold a copy of The Garden Shed by England was like looking for rocking horse droppings. Even though the Yes sounding vocals, the King Crimson Mellotrons and the second hand Genesis arrangements meant this was by no means a ground breaking prog album (by 1977 when this record was first released, there was little original ground left to walk upon), it was played with such skill and enthusiasm, you couldn't help but be dawn into it's deft embrace.
By 1977, Prog was undergoing the long death that would be Punk and New Wave and it's no lie to say that if England suffered from one terminal attribute, it was to be the victim of incredibly bad timing. Three years earlier (or 20 years later during the prog resurgence of the 1990's), they could have been significant names upon the scene. As it is, they have attained cult like status in the prog community as the band that produced the great 'lost' classic of the 70's genre.
The Garden Shed sums up all that was best (and worst) about Prog in the 1970s. It's an irresistible album to own and listen to for both those reasons and a truly iconic document of the time.