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I remember buying "Quatermass" in November 1970 on vinyl because of the amazing artwork & the fact that it was launched on the late & great progressive Harvest label. It turned out to be probably the best album I ever bought on impulse - up there with similar buys such as "Parachute" by the Pretty Things & "Trespass" by Genesis.
At the time critical comparisons were made between Quatermass & ELP however I always believed that these were both unhelpful & misleading. Quatermass were another beast entirely, bereft of the ELP bombast which they replaced with some of the tightest ensemble playing I have ever heard. In Peter Robinson they had a thinking man's Emerson (heavy on musical ability but light on flag burning & knives), ably supported by the locked-in rhythm section of Mick Underwood (drums) & the great John Gustafson (bass & vocals).
"Quatermass" has easily stood the passage of time with its stomping "Black sheep of the family", followed by the electric jazz/blues of "Post war Saturday Echo"; orchestral "God Lord knows"; rocky "Gemini", proggy "Make up your mind", bluesy/jazzy "Up on the ground" through to the eerie jazz conclusion of the orchestrated "Laughing tackle". Most Quatermass fans will already have the Repertoire CD release, however this expanded version on Esoteric is a penalty kick for the unreleased live tracks which sound amazing considering their age! There are informative sleeve notes & an additional DVD 5:1 surround sound of the original album + a recent photo of the reunited band members (for me a really nice touch). This is the holy grail for Quatermass fans & is housed in a triple digi-pack replicating the 1970 sleeve.
So instead of investing in the latest ELP cash-in of remasters, dig this little beauty out! I guarantee it will probably be one of the best reissues from our glorious prog past you will ever buy. Essential!