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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B008CEOA8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The debut album from the new psychedelic sounds of Syd Arthur, 'On An On.'

'Tuned-in to the arcane wizardry of the Softs and Caravan, yet in step with like-minded contemporaries such as Wolf People and Tame Impala, Syd Arthur are Canterbury's dazzling new sons...' **** MOJO

'Audacious debut reboots progressive rock for the 21st Century' **** - Q Magazine

'It will take something exceptional to be 'On An On' for prog album of the year - Classic Rock Magazine

'Bucolic reveries woven in 5/8 time on mandolin and guitar, flopping back and forth between key signatures and moods like beautiful psychedelic-rainbow fish dragged up on the riverbank of time' - Word Magazine

'Syd Arthur are indeed Canterbury based and have certainly adopted the same penchant for musical complexity...' 7/10 - Uncut Magazine

'Intriguing album of folk-tinged prog. Blending taut mandolin lines with fuzztone-propelled jazz guitar, Syd Arthur create an unexpectedly groovy blend...' **** - Guitarist

'Syd Arthur are sons and heirs of those Canterbury musicians who did sometimes whimsical, sometimes intense things with psychedelic and progressive rock' - The Guardian

'A delightfully assorted collection of songs that seamlessly mixed bucolic, hippie-like reveries, devastating bursts of precision controlled rifferama... and a musical vocabulary that's as fluently conversant with world music as it is the time-signature twists of Soft Machine. That these influences are successfully integrated into their songs rather than merely grafted on as stylistic affections says a lot about the band's desire to hone their craft' - Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine

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Format: Audio CD
I bought the 12 inch of Syd Arthur's first full release on their home grown record label Dawn Chorus. The first thing that grabs you is the warmth that comes across with a much fuller sound than any previous releases. Syd Arthur's music is a genius fusion of influence from some musical greats such as Zappa, Soft Machine, Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin combined with world groove and jazz through to heavy riffs and 70's English folk. On and On brings these influences together to form an energetic record full of great musicianship groove and wonderful vocals but with a fresh contemporary sound that jumps out of the speakers.

Overall, a great album that gets better on every listen and well worth the small investment if you're a new comer.
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I picked up on this group through glowing reviews in the Classic Rock presents Prog magazine. Generally I fall into the category of "I know what I like, and I like what I know", and tend to be a bit fixated on that wonderful 70's period in progressive rock. However once in a while I try to get a little bit more up to date and take a chance on a new band or two.
Syd Arthur certainly remind me of a band that would have enjoyed tremendous success in an earlier period, but their sound contains that spark of freshness that is unmistakably of the here and now. For my ear, they bring a welcome new (yet strangely familiar) brand of inventive rock that is much-needed.
The musicians all perform to a high standard, and complement each others contributions rather than trying to compete for space. The addition of Raven Bush's violin really ties the sound together and I suspect is the reason why they have drawn comparisons to Caravan and the 'Canterbury' sound. However the vocals of Liam Magill reinforce their originality and distinctive sound.
The album is very consistent, no bad tracks in there. I would highlight Moving World, Ode to Summer, Dorothy and Edge of the Earth (great youtube video) as the stand-outs.
I really think this could be a band that can deliver some more great music in the years to come.
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Having picked up on Syd Arthur via myspace a couple of years ago, I bought their EP's, which are definitely a portent of talent. By the time On and On was released and I bought it, I haven't had it off the cd player for long since. Liam McGill's vocals are strong enough to stand out, but soft enough to blend in with the music. Raven Bush's violin is such a complimentary sound running through every song and the whole feeling the album gives you is lying in a field at sunset (especially the last song, Paradise Lost).
In the past they have been compared to the likes of Caravan and Soft Machine but I agree with another reviewer, in that their sound is very original. This is a band who have now reached a point of playing great harmonies and melodies together. So far, this is my favourite album of the year and that's saying something. Have a listen, you won't be disappointed
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Syd Arthur came up as one of those annoying adverts on the right hand side of my Facebook page. You know, the ones you try to ignore. But it included the tantalising words 'Canterbury' and 'Progressive', and so I was hooked. And very happy I am too. What a wonderful album, I haven't stopped playing it since it arrived. Fantastic musicianship and song writing skills. I just love the way the violin meshes with the rest of the band, neither overpowering nor lost in the sound. And the vocals are a joy, too many modern bands with otherwise excellent musicians are let down by their vocalist. Not Syd Arthur. Money well spent.
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I saw this band for the first time this year at Hard Rock Calling at the new venue of Queen Elizabeth Park and I was instantly drawn to them. I love their sound and have enjoyed listening to this album immensely this summer.
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I'm not so sure about the Canterbury tag to be honest. Yes, it's a decent enough stab at something approaching more pastoral and less bombastic turn of the 70s prog but my abiding impression is that of Jamie Cullum fronting Jethro Tull, with violin as quirky lead instrument in place of the flute (check out "Ode to the Summer", for instance, to see what I mean). The soulful jazz of "Dorothy" is nicely crafted and quite uplifting and the rest all sounds pretty accomplished and busy without being particularly varied or memorable. A grower, possibly.
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This is a really nice album with some really god songs on it but I felt rather cheated. I am a big Canterbury Scene fan and there is nothing in my vast collection of that genre that sounds remotely like this. Whoever decided to apply that tag to Syd Arthur has done them a great disservice. When I put this on I felt like someone had put on Camel when I wanted Caravan; not the same thing at all.
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