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on 17 March 2009
Got this latest Rare Bird Esoteric remaster a couple of weeks ago,superb job done with a clear as a bell sound.This being Rare Bird it goes without saying that the musicianship is top of the range with Steve Gould once again demonstrating what a fine singer he is and David Kaffinetti adding the brilliant signature Rare Bird electric piano/keyboard "sound".This cd like the previous album Epic Forest is full of great soulful classic rock songs ..my favourites are Somebody's Watching,Lonely Street(a better version than the one included on Rare Bird's next album Born Again)the sublime More and More and Hard Time!!!One last point,Rare Bird were no ones "Poor Man"..they were a fine band who simply for whatever reason never got the recognition their brilliant music deserved!!! 5 stars!!!
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on 8 February 2009
We had this on vinyl from years ago, and I love the Dollars track, so was delighted to get it on CD as the LP has long since bit the dust.
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on 20 July 2015
I've had this album on vinyl since I was 15 at a guess and I'm now 56. It's survived the punk wars (yep, I kept it dead quiet) and never suffered the fate of a lot of my pre 'Year zero' collection (Record and Tape Exchange Notting Hill). Yes it was locked away in a cupboard for many years but I rediscovered it with the Red Fox re-issue of 1998. It's a great record and a million miles away from the po-faced prog of the first album. Man that is one un sexy record! Somebody's Watching has the lot for 'serious' rock fans who like a good tune and more than a hint of soul, rather than large doses of intellectualisation of pop music and fiddly dee 1000 notes a minute type of boredom. OK, so as marvellously melodic Turn Your Head is, it still has stuff about 'Highways' that was such a cliché at the time (along with wise men on mountains if memory serves), but it's a beautifully crafted song, with marvellous vocals all around. The same goes for the sublime 'More and More', which verges on blue eyed soul with a fantastic vocal coda that has your necks hairs on end within seconds. The wistful 'High in the Morning' takes another turn, this time down the folk rock route that the great Richard Thompson would have been proud of, a lament for the smack head in the band. It's pretty hard hitting. And we end of the funky rock out of 'Dollars'. Lifted from Ennio Morricone, this blistering track is working the same seam as the likes of Jade Warrior, bongos, blistering guitars and a bass locked into the drums as funky as your pants. If you want denim clad prog rock with yer album tucked under your trench coat clad arm, then please move on. This ain't for you. If you love a soulful and melodic trip into funky rocking heaven, then roll up roll up, step right inside, yer in for a treat!
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on 8 September 2014
Rare Bird are one of the unfairly forgotten bands who never quite cracked the big time, although they came close with the magnificent early single 'Sympathy'. While they never released a bad album for me this and the equally superb 'Epic Forest' are Rare Bird at their very best.. Superbly melodic rock music at times reminisent of the very best of groups like Procul Harum and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
So if you like well written and superbly performed melodic rock music, and like most people you've never heard of Rare Bird or the only thing you've ever heard was the afore mentioned 'Sympathy' then take a flight with Rare Bird I'm sure you'll enjoy the journey.
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on 23 June 2013
And poorer for it. They miss graham field and the sound is very unremarkable. I saw this line up live with BJH at hasting pier.
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on 15 December 2008
A marked departure from earlier form as peddlers of progressive pop inflected with that peculiarly English kind of pastoral melancholia that infused Trespass-period Genesis, Rare Bird - post line-up changes notable for the walk-out of organist Graham Fields - had adopted increasingly mid-Atlantic stylings in this 1973 release for their new label Polydor. Chirpy electric piano, close vocal harmonising and more than a whiff of LA lite are the order of the day, occasionally reminiscent of a poor man's Supertramp while the ballads echo late-period Barclay James Harvest, who the band supported on tour. Pleasant if undemanding fare; probably a shock for fans in how more Berkeley than Berkshire the band had become.
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