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Spyglass Guest & Time And Tide [Double CD]

Greenslade Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B004VLZUFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Spirit Of The Dance
2. Little Red Fry - up
3. Rainbow
4. Siam Seesaw
5. Joie De Vivre
6. Red Light
7. Melancholic Race
8. Theme For An Imaginary Western
Disc: 2
1. Animal Farm
2. Newsworth
3. Time
4. Tide
5. Catalan
6. The Flattery Stakes
7. Waltz For A Fallen Idol
8. The Ass's Ears
9. Doldrums
10. Gangsters

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Greenslade were something of a prog rock supergroup when they formed in 1972. Dave Greenslade (son of Arthur Greenslade, noted arranger for Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield and many more) had been the keyboard player in jazz rock oufits Colosseum and If. Bass player Tony Reeves also came from the ranks of Colosseum, while drummer Andy McCulloch had been in the “Lizard” line-up of King Crimson. Vocalist/second keyboard player Dave Lawson had been in Episode Six and The Alan Bown Set and the unique ‘two keyboards/no guitar lineup’ gave them a signature sound. This Edsel package contains the group’s third and fourth albums, originally issued on the Warner Bros. label in 1974 and 1975. The artwork for the “Time And Tide” was painted by celebrated artist Rodney Matthews. The booklet contains all the lyrics, and annotation by Alan Robinson.

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4.0 out of 5 stars What did you expect then? 11 July 2011
If you've found yourself on this page then you almost certainly know what Greenslade sound like and have probably made up your mind about whether you like them or not.

They never competed with prog giants like Genesis, but they carved their niche and produced excellent music. Sure it was 'of its time' but, for me, it still sounds great. My personal fave was always 'Spyglass Guest' which had a warmth and a reliance on really good songs rather than musicianship. However, the other ablums are all fine too, so dive in!

For a price little more than a London pint, you should buy both these 2CD sets. I did.
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Like many longhaired spotty-teenagers in the early to mid 70's, I was completely drawn in by PROG ROCK and its mind-expanding themes. I'd be sat there on a Saturday morning (before Alan Freeman's Rock Show on Radio 1) with my Garrard SP25 turntable, Dustbuster and Emitex Cleaning Cloth all on the go - whilst I devoured the graphically drawn lyrics on Genesis and Yes albums. It wasn't long before my sensitive addiction spread to Uriah Heep, Gentle Giant and Badger - in fact anything with a Roger Dean album cover on it. It was therefore a natural progression to stumble on Dave Greenslade's keyboard vehicle - GREENSLADE. I thought the first two albums "Greenslade" and "Bedside Manners Are Extra" (both 1973 on Warner Brothers) had good moments, but their 3rd LP "Spyglass Guest" saw a level of sophistication that was undeniably better - and in places - even rather beautiful. Which is where this timely reissue comes in...

Released May 2011, Rhino/Edsel EDSD 2098 contains Greenslade's 3rd and 4th studio albums on two CDs:
Disc 1 is "Spyglass Guest" - originally released August 1974 in the UK on Warner Brothers K 56055 (38:49 minutes)
Disc 2 is "Time And Tide" - originally released April 1975 in the UK on Warner Brothers K 56126 (32:33 minutes)

The 20-page booklet is much better than I thought it would be - all the original album artwork is here including the lyrics and inner gatefold pictures; there's a knowledgeable history on the band and the albums by ALAN ROBINSON and best news of all is the hugely upgraded sound. PHIL KINRADE has done the remastering at Alchemy Studios in London and a superlative job it is too - far better than the dull Eighties CDs I've had for years just to have the music.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice meeting you again 19 Sep 2011
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Greenslades third and fourth album. Largely ignored when they first came out in the seventies. Lo and behold, we did them an injustice: these albums weren't bad at all. Actually, there is more to them than caught our ears back then. It's not as tight as the first two albums, but highly pleasurable all the same. Certainly, they lacked personality, maily because there were too many personalities at work: Dave, Dave and Tony each had their own musical perspective. And some of the tunes never made it and never will. But this apparent lack of unity did lead to variety. I don't think anybody considered Dave Lawson a great singer, but then again, he's not as irritating as some reviewers make him out to be. In fact, I like these albums better than I did back in the seventies, when everything progrock had to sound like Yes - and if it didn't, you could pack it in. This CD is good value for not too much money. Recommended; Greenslade deserves re-appreciation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dwindling creativity towards the end.... 8 July 2011
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Greenslade's first two studio albums, Greenslade and Bedside Manners are Extra, were unique in that here was a band based on drums, bass, and two lead keyboards. The music was in-demand psychdelic blues and jazz. Sadly by the time Spyglass Guest was released, the creative oomph had left the band and they were stretched for new material, even having to do a somewhat pointless cover of Theme For and Imaginary Western to fill the album up. Time and Tide saw a further descent into pop-rock anonymity and much much shorter tracks, many more of them with Lawsons strange vocal stylings - it sounded like a collection of bits that hadn't been considered for the first three albums. Both these albums are here on their own CD, tho the runtime of each means they could easily have been squeezed onto a single CD with room to spare for "extra" b-sides or demo versions. Curious...... Ah well, at least Greenslade stands the test of time and still sounds fresh and interesting, perhaps more relevent than many modern bands from their keyboard approach to rock music. Worth having in your collection - but check out their first two albums also on this dual release series, they're five stars each!
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