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M. Davies "mervthecab" (East England)

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Entertainment: Remastered
Entertainment: Remastered
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Price: £10.65

32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to a classic debut, 14 Mar. 2007
Released early 1969 "Entertainment" was their second studio album and incredible as it may seem was almost as good as their stunning Dave Mason produced debut album "Music in a Doll's House". The line up was the same; Jim King (saxophones), John Whitney (guitar, vocals), Ric Grech (vocals/bass/violin), Rob Townsend (drums, percussion), Roger Chapman (vocals). Grech shows his writing abilities on this album and maybe displayed his restlessness that led him to leave to join Clapton, Winwood and Baker in BLIND FAITH.
Some critics thought it not as strong as the first album although some think it has aged better than "doll's House"; I love them both. I think it certainly resides in the 'early progressive' stable. I believe it was reported that the band were quite disappointed with the production of this album which resulted in them having more say in production from then on.
Their eclectic sound influenced by folk, country, and pop was rooted in the blues. I think "Entertainment" produced by Glyn Johns and Family manager John Gilbert created a worthy album that drew on all of their musical influences and abilities. It opens with "The Weaver's Answer", a haunting song about a dying old man about to see his life in the form of tapestry. Chapman sings the lyric of remembrance with real bluesy grit and Grech's violin at the end makes you feel the old fella's death. A classic opener for a very good album.

The Sound of '65/There's a Bond Between Us
The Sound of '65/There's a Bond Between Us
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Price: £11.17

36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Sound of '65" seminal British blues/jazz/rock recording, 5 Nov. 2005
The "Sound of '65" album by the Graham Bond Organisation never even bothered the LP charts of the time (neither did the follow-up "There's a Bond Between Us") but I think in some respects it was a little ahead of its time. The band is renowned for half its membership being Jack Bruce (Bass and Harmonica) and Ginger Baker (drums), both to unite with Eric Clapton the following year and create supergroup Cream. Dick Heckstall-Smith was a superb blues/jazz saxophonist and later was an integral part of Colosseum having passed through John Mayall's Bluebreakers. I assure you this album WILL grow on you whether or not you are an early British R & B fan. Graham Bond's voice is raw but it works within this fusion of rock/jazz/blues. Bruce sings on some tracks ( perhaps he should have been lead vocalist? ) and you get a taste of experimaental stuff that matures later in Cream. Baker's drumming is brilliant of course (just listen to track 6) and how about his own composition 'Camels and Elephants' on the second album, all sorts of influences can be found here. It all gel's, and although it never scored at the time, I can see why those in the business at the time rated this band. Some say its because there was no glamorous image or pretty boy up front, but that doesn't hold water when you think of the Jeff Beck Group, they had a pretty boy up front but were unlucky enough to have a manager more interested in bubble-gum pop .... perhaps bad management with no vision in both cases ?????
Alas Bond slid into very serious substance abuse, Ginger and Jack hated each other with Jack departing to John Mayall who I believe thought him too unorthodox blues (Mayall's guitarist at the time Eric Clapton was impressed however) and Jack then went to Manfred Mann. Ginger later approached Eric about forming a new band and Eric would if Jack was in, so Ginger had to visit Jack and the rest is history Cream-wise.
Graham Bond had other lines ups but drug abuse became worse and later led to suicide under a train.
BUY IT, its an experience.

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