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A buried treasure that must be explored
on 25 August 2004
Absolutely stunning. Words do not exist to describe the brilliance of this album and I sit in amazement reminding myself that it was recorded 30 years ago.
Originally known as Kaleidescope, releasing several albums on Fontana which were awash with sixties psychedelia, Fairfield Parlour made this one forgotten gem for sister label, Vertigo (possibly the most daring and original of the progressive labels).
Even though the sixties were still fresh in people's minds the music herein is a development from the rather simplistic sound of that decade but contains the freshness and immediacy of Kaleidescope.
Not really folk, not rock and not pop, this seems to defy genres. There's epic ballads a plenty, simple catchy songs and a mix that is never saturated. Many of the songs tell simple stories for which your imagination provides the pictures.
Anyone fascinated by the early Vertigo releases would be advised to check this one out. Before music disappeared into the shoe-gazing self-indulgent meanderings of the early 70s there existed this uncluttered harmony of sound. This deserved a wider audience then so it's nice to see the balance being slightly redressed with it's long overdue reissue today.
On a final note, the sound quality of this remaster deserves a mention because it is incredible. This really has been lovingly restored and actually puts many modern recordings to shame. Tape hiss is non existent and the clarity of each instrument, especially the drums, is outstanding. The closely miked vocals are so clean sounding that you really do feel you're hearing this in the studio. The marvels of modern technology but still with a warm anaolgue feel.