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Pathfinder [CD]

Beggars Opera Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Beggars Opera were a six piece classical, progressive rock band from Glasgow, Scotland who formed in 1969. Signed to Vertigo Records, they were a furiously hard working band who toured extensively in the late 60’s through to mid 70’s with, apart from the highlights of touring for a decade with practically no stopping, they were part of the Speyer Festival Germany – The Great ... Read more in Amazon's Beggars Opera Store

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  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000AQBAT4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Hobo 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Macarthur Park 8:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Witch 6:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pathfinder 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. From Shark To Haggis 6:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Stretcher 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Madame Doubtfire 4:170.99  Buy MP3 

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band, wayward direction 7 Jan 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A beautifully played and produced album from the early 1970s, "Pathfinder" is the creation of a band of exceptional ability. Their style is difficult to pin down as they frequently shift the emphasis. Sometimes you hear something akin to Deep Purple at their most fluid, at other times Caravan or Camel. The opening track, "Hobo", is more of a commercial mainstream rock number yet possesses as much substance as anything else on display here.
I was apprehensive about the presence of a cover of "Macarthur Park", one of those songs I admire more than I like. Beggar's Opera's version sparkles however and seems to be keyboardist Alan Park's main showcase. His expressive playing is an asset throughout though all members of the band make impressive contributions.
The title track is a major highlight, the type of fiery, uptempo rock they seem to do best. "From Shark To Haggis" however rather highlights their dilemma. The first part has a sinister but monotonous feel. It's the sort of music that would probably be more effective in the hands of a band with less finesse. The second part consists more of a series of rock jigs which they do better. The most disappointing part of the album is however its climax. The last track starts well enough but descends into the furious and aimless playing that so many bands deliver live when trying for the big finish.
"Pathfinder" is for the most part a flamboyant and exciting slice of rock music that remains fresh. It's just a short walk away from being a classic.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic mcArthurs park track 1 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
Phenomenal album if you like 70s rock. The McArthurs park track is brilliant, probably the best version ever. Madam Doubtfire stirs your soul.
Find someway of hearing this album, you will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill! 29 Sep 2008
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Being an ancient rocker, how did I miss this back in the 70s? I heard a clip of MacArthur Park one evening on the radio. Then decided to investigate. Alan Park must compare to Rick Wakeman. The whole album is very good,but MacArthur Park is in a class of its own!!!!! Essential for anyone who appreciates good keyboard sounds!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mistaken, but worthwhile, buy... 18 Nov 2008
By A. Page
Format:Audio CD
I was bought this album as a Christmas present during the 1970's by a relative who thought it was actually an Opera. I have loved it ever since and am so glad to see the band's albums have been re-released. I shall have to stock up I think.

Highlights for me include the purely instrumental "Stretcher" which is really beautiful.The final track throws everything at the listener from wild screams to a thunderclap device fixed inside a toilet. The lyrics are typical 70's gothic which nowadays bring a wry smile, but the musicianship is of a very high standard and the variety of material here is a real tonic in today's one-dimensional world.

A mistaken purchase, then, but a welcome and rewarding one. Think I'll give it a spin now, actually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic Rock at its best 14 Aug 2011
By Edguy
Format:Audio CD
I remember buying this album in the 70's as the Album Art work was great.
If I remember the vinyl album had a giant poster of the Front Cover inside.
I'd heard the Pathfinder track and got the album then found all the other
great tracks. Think they were from Scotland hence the From Shark to Haggis track.
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