on 3 June 2010
This was my first and only Greenslade LP in the 70's, and I played it a lot for a relative short period of time. Then I kind of forgot about it (and Greenslade), and then I sold my LP's in the early 80's.
10 years ago I bought their first effort "Greenslade", and their second "Bedside manners are extra", which are both great. It probably has a lot to do with nostalgia, but "Spyglass Guest" is not just great. It's magic, (wo)man! Beauty is in the ears of the beholder, sure, and I sure love my ears tonight.
I (a 50 year old/young human beeing) got home from work today, and there it was in my mailbox: "Spyglass Guest". I had totally forgotten about it, and I thought (without much ethusiasm in my head): "Oh, that one... ok..." I made, and ate, some dinner, and kind of forgot about it...
Half an hour went by, and then memory rose to the surface, and the rest goes like this: Damn! Music playing with my ears (and mind) in such a way is unheard of (sic)! No plans for red wine tonight, but who can resist it? Not MY ears mouth, anyway...
The joyious melancolic jazz-prog-melody-beauty in crystal clear sound... Instruments Truly Playing with Each Other, giving Room, giving Space... all balanced, and held together, by the Great, Punchy Drumming and the Steely Dan-like Vocals...
While I love much of Greenslade's work, this is not the best example of it. Sure, the components are there in abundance - heavily synth-orientated prog rock with gruff vocals and often delicate melodies - but there are no obviously stand-out tracks that adhere to your memory, as on Bedside Manners, Time & Tide etc. Slightly anonymous, but a worthy addition to the collection for a completist!
on 30 November 2014
In my opinion the mellow, melodic 'Spyglass Guest' is Greenslade's best album. It's still prog, but songs like 'Rainbow' and 'Little Red Fry-up' are self contained musical vignettes. Unusually for a prog band Greenslade's lyrics touched upon some darkly adult themes. Here the protagonist of 'Red Light' discovers his girlfriend is a prostitute, but seeks to continue the relationship. The song also features a great vocal performance from Dave Lawson, another one of rock's underrated singers. Throw in a couple of captivating instrumentals 'Siam See-saw' and 'Melancholic Race' and you've got a sophisticated mid 70's prog album.