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...