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The Circle & The Blue Door


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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rise Above
  • ASIN: B00BNMZM98
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Aug 2013
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Purson and debut album 'The Circle and the Blue Door', we coalesce in an aural reverie of the nostalgic, their sound unashamedly woven within musical echoes of the past and presenting a relevance to the present no more startling than the simple fact it is often startling good, if you like that sound, as I do.

The prog-folk opening to first song 'Wake Up Sleepy Head' sets the aural landscape with echoing vocal, acoustic guitar, flute, and mellotron as lush backdrop, so a resonance of Caravan and King Crimson, whilst lead singer Rosie Cunningham introduces her gorgeous vocal softly before segueing into second 'The Contract' where it is so clearly reminiscent of Curved Air's Sonja Kristina. Third 'Spiderwood Farm' is more overtly psychedelic with its heavy fuzzed, wah wah guitar and then other effects - and possibly an approximation to harpsichord inside the mix - as the rock riff with barebacked vocal roots the sound even more firmly in the past.

Fifth and single release [I got my vinyl copy a while ago] 'Leaning On A Bear' is the most sonically reflective of Curved Air, with a smattering of Nice thrown in by the organ and drum rhythms, and it is a glorious recreation of progrock, if you like that sound, as I do. Sixth 'Tempest and the Tide' exudes a more folky base, with lyrics that evoke fantasy and the occult as requisites for this broad retro-genre, and the mellotron again layers its lush backdrop. Seventh 'Mavericks and Mystics' foregrounds Cunningham's powerful vocal with a return to rock riffs to encourage headbanging, if you like that impulse, as I do.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Pesto Fingeration on 2 May 2013
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What do you get if you stick Siouxsie Sioux, Circulus, early Deep Purple, Jefferson Airplane, a touch of Astra, Black Sabbath and a Cantrerbury fuzz organ and some psychedelics in a blender? Well a red goo of liquidised entrails and splintered bone obviously!
But what if it was a metaphorical musical blender? Well the end result would be Purson. Probably.
Issued on the inestimable Rise Above label, it's a worthy Pop/Fuzz/Psychedelic companion piece to Uncle Acid's Sabbath/Sludge/Psychedelic Mind Control.

Purson was a great king of HELL served by 22 legions of demons and after hearing The Circle and the Blue Door, make that 22 legions plus me!
Primarily the work of the divine Ms Rosalie Cunningham she plays everything bar Bass, Sax and drums (hey chicks can't play drums...)
She plays plenty of mellotron which is a good thing with lots of it on the first couple of tracks. Spiderwood Farm is the strand out track at the moment, a most welcome earworm. Leaning on a Bear gets me breaking out my 60s style idiot dance (what doesn't? - ed.) and Well Spoiled Machine is catchier than Goose Grass.

So, if you want a modern record which sounds as if it could be a classy old record then tune in, turn on, take the Circle line and exit via the Blue Door.
What are you doing, BUY, go on, make like Aphrodite's Child and DO IT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil On on 23 May 2013
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Damn that's a good album!
Definitly less Sabbath-driven than most other releases on the label Rise Above, Purson showcases the talents of (a.o.)Rosalie Cunningham on vocals, guitars and keyboards in a west coast/ hard rockin'/ psychedelic way.
The 70's come to mind, of course. The Doors, Jefferson Airplaine but also Deep Purple and (of course) Black Sabbath.
The lady has got a fine voice, not utterly brilliant, but perfectly in symbiosis with the genre (think Grace Slick meets Candice Night).
Great song-writting, amazingly well crafted songs and a delightful taste for psychedelic effects with a great taste in the arrangements department.
If you're into 70's music and other bands like BIGELF, this one will more than likely please you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artur Talpa on 25 Aug 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
One of the most authentic and original acts in a very long time with a hyper-charismatic frontwoman, Rosalie Cunningham that also plays lead-guitar! \m/

Their music is a unique blend of Retro-Prog, Proto-Doom and Psychedelic Rock with an overall Baroque aura to it!

The vinyl sounds great!!!

My only complain about it all would be the fact that my copy got a little bent during shipping/or handling process... But overall it's a musthave for all Black Sabbath, Curved Air, Blood Ceremony and Prog Rock lovers as it is simply the BEST DEBUT ALBUM by a New Band in 2013!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr Chris on 26 Aug 2013
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I heard a few tracks beforehand on Spotify and decided I had to get this. The tracks on Spotify are representative of the album as a whole, so you should know what to expect. No dud tracks at all. I like that the sound range is not compressed too high (as is mostly the case these days). Rosalie Cunningham's raunchy vocals I love to bits. What a change from the chirpy vocals of many current female singers. Hope they release another album soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Salmon on 23 May 2013
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Purson were a support act I had never heard of but within minutes I wanted an album. I had a little wait for one to be released but every track is a gem and was well worth waiting for. Apart from the era it takes you to, it is music that actually goes somewhere. I can't actually say where but your where may be somewhere else...... the main thing is that this album is very good. Nuff said.
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