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This debut album by the group Gryphon was originally released in 1973 by the transatlantic record label.
It is an incredible album with every track perfectly put together. There is originality here with a very interesting arrangement and sound that was refreshing back in the early 1970s and still sounds fabulous today.
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 began work on this, their debut album.
The album was produced and recorded at Riverside Recordings and Livingston Studios and the sound is excellent. The album cover has a very striking image by Dan Pearce.
There is an earthy, rustic, medieval, folk and folk rock feel to the album. It is the most folk like of the albums by the group. Much of the music comes from traditional sources. "Kemps jig", "Sir Gavin Grimbold", "the unquiet grave", "Estempie", "The astrologer", "Tea wrecks" and "The Devil and the Farmers wife" all originate from Tradition.
There is a rich sound on this recording with instruments such as Bassoon, Crumhorn, Recorders, Keyboards (Brain Gulland) Recorders, Crumhorns, Keyboards, Guitar, Mandolin, Harpsichord, Harmonium Glockenspiel, (Richard Harvey) Drums, Percussion, gong cymbal, (David Oberle) Guitars, Keyboards, Recorder, Harpsichord, (Graeme Taylor).
There is strong emphasis very much on the acoustic and 'early music' instrument sounds on this recording. Later albums move towards a stronger element of Folk Rock and Progressive Rock music styles.
The whole album is very creative and a joy to listen to. It is a terrific piece of early 1970s British music.