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Raindance Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B0041X9148
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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The penultimate Gryphon album arrives at last. 'Raindance' is a progressive rock album by Gryphon, moving away from their earlier medieval work, originally released in 1975 by Transatlantic. It is the penultimate Gryphon album, and the last to include contributions from guitarist Graeme Taylor. Unusually for a Gryphon album, it contains a cover version (a pastoral rendering of The Beatles' "Mother Nature's Son"). And with the original line-up playing earlier in the year this release is sure to please old and new fans alike.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
Raindance is the fourth album from the Group Gryphon. It is an interesting album and it has a lot of merit.
The style of the album is progressive rock. The album was recorded and released in 1975 by transatlantic records. It was the last of the original four albums on the transatlantic label
It is the last but one of the original Gryphon albums, and the last to include contributions from guitarist Graeme Taylor.
The album was produced by Gryphon, and was co-produced and engineered by Richard Elen and Ritchie Gold. The album was recorded at Sawmills Studios, Cornwall during June and July 1975 except "Wallbanger" which was recorded during October 1974, with engineer Phil Newall.
Gryphon had originally been an acoustic group using a medieval folk mood on their first album "Gryphon" and had gradually moved towards Progressive Rock with their more electric similar styled second album "Midnight Mushrumps" and their solid Progressive concept third album "Red Queen to Gryphon Three".
Raindance is an album with a mixture of all the influences used before. However the style was increasingly more Rock based. There is a more solid and heavier Rock drum sound This time there are more songs included than any previous album with a total of nine tracks. The longest piece being the final part "Bin Klein Heldenleben" which lasts more than sixteen minutes. For the first time this album contains a cover version of an established song. This is the cover version of the Beatles "Mother Natures son" with a pastoral interpretation.
The album also has a line up change. Out goes Philip Nestor and in comes Malcolm Bennett.
The album is very interesting from a Progressive Rock point of view. There are some engaging themes and it is an album with a lot of merit.
I personally think it is the weakest of the first four albums. It lacks the originality of any of its predecessors but it does have a lot to offer and the album is still very creative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ant Lupton the Croxley Groover on 15 May 2015
Format: Audio CD
I recently attended one of Gryphon's 2015 gigs, an event clearly filled with adoring fans (myself and an old friend included). To my great surprise, Brian Gulland revealed that none of the material on this album had been worked out prior to the sessions. What subsequently emerged was a diverse collection of short pieces, alongside one 16 minute composition ('Ein Klein Heldenleben').

I have heard this album described as 'rudderless': in the context of their previous renaissance stylings, maybe, but as always, the musicianship is top-notch, the inventiveness multi-faceted. From the surprisingly funky keyboards of opener 'Down The Dog', through the hypnotic title track with torrential storm effects leading straight into 'Mother Nature's Son', there is no lack of inspiration. The bassoon and recorder which effectively started the band are still much in evidence, yet modern influences (electric keyboards, guitar and bass) now drive everything along. There is also flute, not previously heard on a Gryphon album. Dave Oberle adds charming vocals where needed, and in addition to his guitar skills, Graeme Taylor contributes the highly eccentric (some would say bonkers) 'Fontinental Version', which couldn't be further from the early output if it tried. The lengthy final track, by Richard Harvey, recalls the style of 'RQTG3': beautiful in places, often strident, perhaps a bit too long (just when you think it is about to reach a conclusion, it starts up again - with a little pruning, the missing track 'Ashes' could have been included).

My main negative with 'Raindance' is the production, woolly in places and lacking the bite of earlier albums.

However, there is an astonishing range of musical dexterity within this band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John F on 9 Jan. 2014
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Although there are medieval folk trappings aplenty 'Raindance' is probably the least typical Gryphon album. 'Down the Dog' and 'Wallbanger' sound like the theme tunes to 1970's popular science programmes while there's even a cover of The Beatles' 'Mother Nature's Son'. The most powerful track, however, is the rousing classical-prog 'Ein Klein Heldenleben' with it's climactic Steve Howe style guitar solo.
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