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Summer days and a rippling whimsy...,
This review is from: Selling England By The Pound (Audio CD)
I first heard this as a young man in a car driving through central France in the summer of 1979 and it evokes the fondest memories. Beautifully articulate, eccentric and quite, quite different to anyone else aspiring to the so-called (and much maligned genre) "prog-rock". No blues influence at all, hard edges curiously softened - arguably a delicate, feminine quality - and utterly English. I spent many hours learning Firth of Fifth's piano introduction (much to my tutor's irritation! She did seem to appreciate its demanding quality once I'd mastered it). I still find it hard to recognise any clearly definable musical influence on these guys from Nursery Cryme to Wind and Wuthering. Music which defined itself with no recourse to fashion or pandering to popular tastes; I guess that's why it still sounds brilliantly inventive after all these years
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Initial post: 23 Dec 2013 09:46:42 GMT
Stephen A. Douglas says:
You're right... this has a truly English (or European?) sound. As much as I love the many British bands influenced by the blues from America, it has to be said that the blues, unless greatly modified, offers very limited scope - just think of Eric Clapton's endless, somewhat repetitive output over the past decades. Genesis, Jethro Tull (whose first album is very blues-influenced) went on with open minds and came up with something truly creative; and it's possibilities are still there to be mined by others.
Provided that is, we can escape from the manufacturing of x-factor mainstream blurr.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2013 21:28:17 GMT
Hill Walker says:
agree re Tull also eschewing the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic cul-de-sac of the blues
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