This 1971 release epitomizes all that was good in the world of british 'Art/Symphonic rock. Material that is well written, arranged and above all played. I never had the pleasure of seeing them perform, but apparently "live" or "studio" the sound was identical.
While other bands such as King Crimson, the Moody's, Beggars Opera etc would incorporate the mellotron into their music as either a filler or on an occasional basis, it is an integral part of Spring's sound, so much so that no less than three members of the band are credited with playing it. For all you tronnies out there, this is 40 minutes of heaven!!!!!
With the exception of 'Boats' and 'Song to absent friends' which are gentler semi acoustic numbers, the tracks on the original album are slow to mid tempo, with good use of light and heavier passages, which not only highlights the melodic haunting sounds of the mellotron, but also gives ample opportunities for guitar and keyboard leads. This is well supported by some excellent bass and percussion. Pat Moran's vocals may take a bit of getting used to, but they really do fit in well.
The 3 bonus tracks are apparently from an unreleased second album, with strangely no sign of the mellotron.
For any self respecting fan of early 70's rock, this is a must have that would grace any collection.