Back in the 1980's people were catching on to the type of music that was then known as "New Age". This type of music was basically a mix of assorted classical, jazz, and other styles taken from many places in the world, and given a new twist. Radio stations sprang up in many places playing mainly this music as a format! Earlier, in the late 60's and into the 70's this style was widley known as "progressive", so there really is nothing new. What a suprise to have found this album, and while I admit it wasn't on my playlist when it first came out, it WOULD have been had I known of it. Rod Argent was almost single handedly the artist to bring keyboard oriented "progessive" music into the forefront of Pop music, and in The Zombies, the band he founded, it was well head of its time.
The feel of this album is upbeat, mellow, sweet, and also at times sombre and subdued. Several of the songs were to become more refined on later albums of the re-formed Zombies ("Helpless" and 'Baby Don't You Cry") from 'Out of the Shadows" and "A 4th Gymnopedie", and "Sweet Russian" (an early incarnation of a wonderful sweeping piece later to be titled "Fiesta") from Rods outstanding album "Classically Speaking".
There is much to like for any fan of modern Jazz, and world music of today, the wonderful thing about this album, for me, is this; If "Red House" were to be re-issued, it would still be current!. There are not too many artists who have that kind of staying power. I do hope that Rod will re-issue this masterpiece as he has done with "Classically Speaking".