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The House On The Hill [CD]

Audience Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000024XDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Jackdaw
2. You're Not Smiling
3. I Had A Dream
4. Raviole
5. Nancy
6. Eye To Eye
7. I Put A Spell On You
8. The House On The Hill
9. Indian Summer

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let your ears decide 8 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I remember listening to my brothers copy of this LP, after he'd been impressed watching them perform Live at the Electric Circus in Scarborough (don't look for it, it's not there any more). I was hooked from the 1st. The Songs certainly stand the test of time. I'd sell my soul for the guitar tab to Ravioli. Extremely underrated prog rock outfit. Buy and be impressed.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it Anthony Perkins? 3 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Who knows who lives in the mysterious House on Hill but it does'nt matter, sit back and enjoy some unique sounds of Werth & Gemmell. If you can find musical nirvana somewhere between Pink Floyd & Pavlov's Dog then this album is for you! Audience is a typically alternative English collaboration that spawned out of the last days of flower power and the end of the 60's. Defying pigeon holing & catagories, this eclectic and adventuresome band knew what 'unplugged' was long before Nirvana or Eric Clapton. The production by Gus Dudgeon giving an eerie acoustic tone over the whole album. If you've heard Elton Johns' Funeral for a Friend you'll understand the types of production techniques Mr Dudgeon had been experimenting with. Overall a fantastic album - check out the bands other albums too!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated rock 25 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
Another example of quality music from a lesser known band. This album while definitely entrenched in the rock genre is enriched by its jazz and classical influences. The two long tracks 'Jackdaw' and 'The house on the hill' are superb, with Keith Gemmell's reedwork outstanding. The rest of the album is not far behind with Howard Werth's classical guitar always to the fore especially on 'Raviole'.

Never heard of Audience?, don't let that put you off, they were one of the many unsung bands of the early 70s underground scene.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem 4 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great cd this turned out to be. Never heard of them but decided to take a punt and have been duly rewraded. This is a cracking collection of intelligent rock. "Smiling", "Raviole" and "Jackdaw" are absolute standouts but the rest are just as engaging. The version of "I Put A Spell on You" is superb. What a voice and what guitar playing! You will love this cd if you are clever enough to give it a go.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Superb 1 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD
I too used to have this, and just rebought here on CD. All the reviews here are right (except the 1-star review complaining about VAT!), it's a lesser known classic.

It's funny, but in all the reviews naming tracks here, nobody has even _mentioned_ "I Had a Dream". Which is perhaps my favourite, and just goes to show how this album is so good & consistent that every track is regarded so highly....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plus Bonus Track 3 Mar 2009
By Diziet TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First released in 1971, this album still sounds wonderfully fresh. I don't know whether the CD has been remastered, or the original recording was especially good, but it sounds great.

The CD also contains a track not listed on the Amazon page - 'Indian Summer'. This was not on the original vinyl release.

What is it about this album that has kept its appeal and relevance?

Well, one thing, I think, is the unusual line-up - acoustic guitar, bass, drums and woodwind. The woodwind includes clarinet, flute and tenor sax. There are occasional keyboards too, both a sort of honky-tonk sound and possibly mellotron. The vocals are really strong - a sort-of bluesy style - but what I really love are the woodwinds. They, for me, are the real strength of the album.

'Jackdaw' starts with great bluesy vocals and acoustic guitar, but when that clarinet and saxophone kick in, you know you're listening to something a bit special. This is not the usual backing horn section. Oh no.

Perhaps because there are no electric guitars in the line-up, the clarinet/sax mix provides both backing and solos. To fill the sound even further, the saxophone uses effects - what sounds like a 'fuzz-box' to start with, double-tracked with the clarinet - the gritty deep sound of a fuzzed tenor sax with the woody-sounding clarity of the clarinet over the top just works so well, then the clarinet just takes off into a screaming solo, before returning to the main melody and the vocals. An absolutely storming start to the album.

I love the second track 'You're Not Smiling'; again, the mixture of quite delicate acoustic guitar and full-on sax/clarinet are wonderful. But I love the lyrics too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All time greatest 8 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is my past and in my solitory moments, I turn the volume up and drift back 20+ years.

My all-time greatest track is Ravioli, which hooked me into the Audience club after seeing it on the OGWT with whispering Bob.

Great times.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Did I Miss This? 1 May 2012
Format:Audio CD
Having recently read 'The Pocket Book of Neanderthal Vociferation' on my Kindle and found two references to this band, I decided that I needed to satisfy my curiosity about them, so I downloaded this in mp3 format.
What a revelation!
I never knew that such music had existed in the 1970's and wish that I had been fortunate enough to have seen them play these songs live.
Every song is a classic in its own right and the treatment of Screaming Jay's 'I Put a Spell on You' knocks Bryan Ferry's into a cocked hat sideways.
Jackdaw is brilliant, changing tempo and mood seamlessly to make you wonder where the five minutes odd you spent listening to it just went.
You're Not Smiling, apparently charted when it was released and that's no surprise...it is so catchy and infectious...you just can't help singing along to the chorus/refrain.
Raviole has to be one of the best instrumental tracks ever recorded, beating Mason Williams' Classical Gas hands down...
It's ecstacy to the ears.
I Had a Dream, Nancy, Eye to Eye and the mammoth opus and title track House on The Hill are just as good (although I have now listened to the original version of House on their first album and like it much more than this one).
I'm not going to post reviews for Audience or Friends' Friends' Friend, despite having obtained both and being amazed by both.
This is their finest hour and it cannot be recommended highly enough.
If you buy this you will not be able to stop playing it, humming the songs and just revelling in the sheer thrill of the outstandingly amazing talent that were Audience.
Now to check out Van Der Graaf Generator...
Lord, I envy anyone who lived through the seventies and saw bands like this...
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