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on 6 July 2011
Red Queen to Gryphon Three is the third studio album made by the band Gryphon. This is a really interesting album with much to offer. After the success of the first album "Gryphon" with its traditional medieval folk and acoustic feel, and the second album "Midnight Mushrumps" with its introduction of electric instruments and its music origin from the band itself, this third album moves firmly into the realms of Progressive Rock.
The album was released on Transatlantic Records in the UK in 1974. Red Queen to Gryphon Three is a concept album around the game of chess. The music, which frequently evokes a medieval mood, blends baroque, renaissance and English folk with Progressive Rock. Everything has a Classical Music structure and the whole project fits well into the genre of Progressive Rock music.
Multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey and fellow Royal College of Music graduate Brian Gulland, a woodwind player, began the group as an all-acoustic ensemble that mixed traditional English folk music with medieval and Renaissance influences. Shortly afterwards they recruited guitarist Graeme Taylor and drummer/percussionist Dave Oberlé. The four musicians had then recorded the self-titled debut album Gryphon. After the success of that album they recorded the second album "Midnight Mushrumps," with the help of new band member Philip Nestor.
The group was very popular as they then recorded this third album and toured to promote it. They also became the supporting act for the Progressive Rock group "Yes" as both acts went to America.
The group appeared in most national newspapers and magazines. They had performed on television and radio.
With this album the instrumentation became more conventional and the use of non-standard instruments was reduced. Fans and critics generally regard "Midnight Mushrumps" the second album, and the all-instrumental "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" as their finest albums.
Red Queen to Gryphon Three is an album that is instrumental throughout. It consists of four lengthy pieces each with a symphonic structure.
The instruments used are Keyboards Recorders, Krumhorns (Richard Harvey) Bassoon, Krumhorn (Brian Gulland) Guitars (Graeme Taylor) Drums, percussion, tympani (David Olberle) Bass guitar (Philip Nestor)
The whole album is fabulous from a Progressive Rock point of view. It has interesting themes and a great concept. The sound and arrangements are very good. It is a great musical project.