on 27 December 2009
Music is full of 'long lost classics', many of which turn out to be rubbish. Not so with this gem. Loosely based on the life of Marilyn Munroe it is a concept album. The songs are heavily orchestrated but the crisp vocals of Peter Daltrey and the instruments of the rest of the band are always dominant. there is still a hint of the psychedelic instrumentation and lyrics from Kaleidoscopes first 2 albums, especially the track 'Picture with conversation' which features discordant sitar!. This album is nearer the style they produced as Fairfield Parlour; although not as 'sugary' as the sigle 'Bordeaux Rose'
With hindsight this was not a prog rock concept album to compete with 'Dark side of the moon', 'Thick as a brick', 'Tales from topographic oceans' and others of that ilk, it leant too much towards the pop music of the early 70's, it's too sophisticated, too gentle. All that aside, this album has not dated in the way many of its contemparies have. As a teenager I would not have given this a space in my record collection, as a Grandfather, one who still enjoys all the aforementioned albums, I can appreciate just what a masterpiece this is.