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still firing from all guns,
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I was bought this as a 16th birthday present when it was first released as a vinyl album in 1971` and was stunned by the vitality of the title track and the variety of styles on side 2. I remember it being a very loud album (for the time) and was forever being told to turn it down by an angry parent even though it was on a system with less than 10 watts total output.
The title track starts with a fade in and hits the ground running. If you closed your eyes you could see the beast itself trundling across the multicoloured landscape, trumpeting at the top of it's voice, looking for conquests and succeeding until the final confrontation where it is defeated and goes off to die.
Musically and lyrically you see the actual journey is much more metaphorical. Some of the sounds were hair on the arms raising because of the pioneering use of the moog particularly the mass with use of the wand controller and the end of battle field with the distinctive part before the fade out. Some excellent guitar work from greg lake in this section is also worth a mention having a very distinctive tone and a melancholy feel to support the sadness of the piece.
Side two doesn't quite match the first side. There are some decent melodies but it lacks the punch of side one. Some of it seems like obvious filler (are you ready eddy ) and some of the lyrics are a bit iffy, but still a long way ahead of some of the material being churned out at the time.