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The Goings Easy [Original recording remastered]

Greatest Show on Earth Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B009GB97CG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Borderline
2. Magic Woman Touch
3. Story Times And Nursery Rhymes
4. The Leader
5. Love Magnet
6. Tell The Story
7. Mountain Song
8. Magic Woman Touch (Single Version)

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NEW EDITION OF THE CLASSIC SECOND ALBUM BY THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL HARVEST RECORDS MASTER TAPES WITH TWO RARE BONUS TRACKS BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & NEW ESSAY REVIEWS IN UNCUT , MOJO , RECORD COLLECTOR & CLASSIC ROCK PROG MAGAZINES COVERAGE ON RELEVANT WEBSITES & FANZINES THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH were one of the more stylistically original signings to EMI s legendary Progressive label Harvest. The band was formed in 1968 and featured brothers Garth and Norman Watt-Roy (who played guitar and bass respectively), vocalist, guitarist and flautist Colin Horton-Jennings, Mick Deacon on Organ, a horn section of Dick Hanson, Tex Philpotts and Ian Aitcheson and drummer Ron Prudence. The band began to take on board more progressive influences, incorporating rock, jazz and acoustic music into their sound. An impressive live act, Greatest Show on Earth released their debut album in February 1970 adorned in a startling Hipgnosis designed sleeve. The Going s Easy , released in November 1970, was an equally competent work that included the excellent rock track Borderline and the acoustic Magic Woman Touch (later covered by The Hollies). Upon the band s demise Mike Deacon joined Vinegar Joe (fronted by Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer), Garth Watt-Roy went on to perform and record with Fuzzy Duck. Norman Watt-Roy and John Turnball later became founder members of Ian Dury s backing group, The Blockheads. This Esoteric Recordings reissue features two bonus tracks, has been newly re-mastered from the original Harvest master tapes and features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay.

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CD Newly Remastered 1970 Album W/2 Bonus Tracks

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively slice of the times 25 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
The second album by one of those up and coming EMI Harvest bands from 1970 (check out your old inner sleeves) who sadly never made it, probably because the mood of the market then was for three, four and five piece straightforward heavy rock bands such as Sabbath, Zeppelin, Heep, etc. The GSOE, in contrast, were an eight piece outfit with not just two guitar players but a (full time) three piece horn section as well, including two sax players, and lots of supplementary percussion ~ decidedly different. Lead vocalist Colin Horton-Jennings also played flute in places, quite nicely too.

In fact, in some ways, the GSOE might be likened to a British foil to (Woodstock-era) Santana though, of course, it doesn't have quite the popular flavour of Abraxas (which I always thought was overrated) or the amazing blazing inspiration of the Third. That having said, the opening track Borderline is still awesome after all these years for its power, energy and pace, all of which have been handsomely preserved on the transfer to CD. The insert doesn't say the recording's been digitally remastered (though I suppose it had to be to some extent or another for transfer to CD), but the quality is such that whoever did the transfer obviously made a pretty good job of it. I'll never forget the stunning impact that Borderline made on me the first time I heard it in 1973 ~ perhaps, on first acquaintance, like no other piece of music I've heard before or since, except Telling Your Fortune from Chicken Shack's Imagination Lady with which I first became acquainted at the same time. Oh yes, one has to mention also Bill Meyers' stunning Images from much later, which blew me away to an equal extent. But I digress.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The listenings easy 22 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD
I agree with Julian Stevens in that this is the better of the two G.S.O.E albums, what would a third one be like?, oh well we'll never know. What he failed to mention was that at the time they were reckoned to be one of the loudest bands on the circuit. I saw them at the Il Rondo in Leicester, and my ears were ringing all the way home, but it was worth it.

It would be easy to liken them to Blood,Sweat and Tears, Chicago etc by their line up, but that is where the similarities end. G.S.O.E. obviously had a much more british sound of rock with elements of jazz, blues and soul in the mix.

"Borderline" opens the album and sounds like the lads are having a good old funk/rock jam session before settling down to a bluesy midsection complete with vocals building up to one hell of a finale, Mick Deacons keyboards and Garth Watt-Roys guitarwork take the honours here.

"Magic woman touch" is a more acoustic number, mid tempo, showing that they could play it softer as well.

"Story times and nursery rhymes" starts off at a steady pace with good use of vocal harmonies before moving through various phases which puts the brass section to the fore.

"The leader" again has alternating movements with all the lads getting a good work out, though piano not organ is prominant here.

"Love magnet" is the longest track on the album at 9.25 minutes, beating borderline by 8 seconds. Starting slowly with guitar and brass leading to two verses of vocals, followed by organ, brass and guitar driven passages before returning to vocals.

"Tell the story" was the final track on the original album and is by far the funkiest number on the album, you can imagine the girls dancing round their handbags to this one, never mind it's not a bad song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS CD 26 Dec 2013
By Ken
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great instrumental band
Borderline track sounds great on a half decent Hi-fi equipment.
For all those heavy metal fans "you may like this"....
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5.0 out of 5 stars proper prog rock 28 May 2013
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cant believe these guys were just kids when they made this magic album, real prog rock with some very interesting fusions
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine work - reminds me of early Chicago and Colosseum 16 Jan 2004
By Marcel Wild - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love rock bands with a horn section. So far I'm aware of four bands satisfying this criterion: Chicago (Live at Carnegie Hall), Colosseum (Live and Valentyne Suite), Rare Earth (e.g.
the fabulous 20 minute Get ready), and the Going's Easy.
This record is rough but beautiful, no overrepeating of motives, many sudden mood swings, and the singer has a very expressive voice that switches from gentle to angry instanteneously. There is hardly a weak moment on this album (I also recommend their debut Horizons). The frantic Borderline is as good as the beautiful ballad Love Magnet; though at a first listening the latter probably appeals more. It's a pity that this band only produced two albums.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest show on earth ,one of the greatest cd's on earth 14 Mar 2000
By nino lazzara - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
the six tracks on this cd are among the best tracks you will hear on one cd.The musical abilities of the band come to the fore on every track on this cd.one of the best british rock cd's to come out in the late sixty's early seventies.Do yourself a big favour and get this cd.
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