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Fine 1971 prog with a Scottish flavour,
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This review is from: Waters Of Change (Audio CD)
Apparently produced by Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, who are best known for writing pop hits for the likes of The Bay City Rollers ('Congratulations' is also one of their songs), 'Waters Of Change' is the work of a band of remarkable talent. The material is not exceptional, but the band's flamboyant and atmospheric interpretation lifts it out of the ordinary. Though Ricky Gardiner is clearly a fine guitarist, his role tends to be secondary to Alan Park's keyboards. Park features organ for the greater part of the album. Underlined by Virginia Scott's mellotron, this results in swathes of gothic atmosphere that compete with an impressive lead vocalist. The band's Scottish roots surface occasionally, as on the brief 'Lament', keyboards representing the role of a lone piper. 'Festival' and 'The Fox' also betray a Celtic influence. 'Waters Of Change' is a safe buy for anyone who likes prog, though the next Beggars Opera album, 'Pathfinder', is a better place to start.