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A long-lost, minor classic.,
This review is from: The Alchemist (Audio CD)
I saw this come up on My Recommendations and I knew that I had to buy it. I'd looked around for it a couple of years ago, but to no avail.
So, the background. I always loved this album back in the '70s when it came out. Thinking about it brings back memories of the period before I left school and before I became a student.
The DJ in the pub we all went to used to play tracks off it all the time and it was one of those albums that people who were "in the know" used to listen to. It had a kind of Wishbone Ash sort of feel to it, double lead guitar, lots of melodic lines, bits of synthesiser and mellotron and some really clever playing.
Unfortunately, I never bought it and it got deleted ages ago and I don't think it was ever released on CD, until now.
So, did it live up to my expectations?
.........and No. (But mostly a Big Yes)
It has most definitely dated, but it would be surprising if it hadn't really.
There are a couple of tracks which I don't think work as well as they could have, which may well be because I am listening to it through a filter of everything that has come since, which is always going to be a problem.
Overall though, the playing is good and the melodic lines are pretty strong. The Wishbone Ash parallels aren't as strong as I though they were, what it reminds me of a fair bit though is Man, another 70s band I like a lot, with some Yes-type flourishes coming through in places. A lot of the guitar playing has echoes of Steve Howe.
The three added bonus tracks are of a different style to the rest of the album and are kind of jarring at the end, so I think that I may end up skipping them when playing the CD most of the time. They are reasonable songs in their own right, just different.
I am glad I bought it though, it isn't as complex as Caravan or Hatfield and the North, but it is definitely worth having it on my shelves. Home were one of those bands who often cropped up somewhere on the bill, possibly supporting someone like Greenslade or Humble Pie.
I think that if you are the kind of person who likes Caravan, Camel, early Genesis and Audience and who looks back on going to gigs in the first half of the 1970s with fond memories, then you will love it.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2011 13:45:33 BDT
"Beancooper of Warwick" says:
I bought this album on release and still play it .........I heard them on radio one's "In Concert" prog. ................ their second album is really good , containing the wonderful "Lady Of The Birds"............ it's coupled with "Pause For A Hoarse Horse" the first..............well worth buying........................... only got around to putting comments on your reviews today......... when I spotted that I can !
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