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  • Audio CD (8 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kissing Spell
  • ASIN: B0000645FX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
"Dark" is closely tied to another, better known, act from their native Northampton - the legendary "Wicked Lady" (The Axeman Cometh - more versatile and musically superiour), whose founder, Martin Weaver, knew Steve Giles (the founder of "Dark") from their school days.
"Dark" is often called by tone-deaf critics "melodic progressive rock", while in fact it is as close to progressive as Lady Gaga to Janis Joplin. The same concerns melodic. It is the heaviest possible psychedelia, minimalistic in its approach - no exotic instruments, no flower power, roaring guitars, depressive, brutal and menacing music built around self-repetitive, rather monotonous riffs. Although Alan Bowley, who was recording engineer of their debut album, calls it "the culmination of those two years of playing", "finest recording session" and "truly representative album" , the whole affair is quite messy, unsteady and inconsistent. In general it sounds as way too long jam or rehearsal - the musicians are learning few riffs, then repeatedly play them - ad nauseam - before moving to another limited set. For 1972 the album sounds out of time - these are bar bones of hard'n'heavy, without refined orchestration and musicianship of "Black Sabbath", let's say (it's more towards early "Iron Butterfly"). The singing of Steve Giles reminds exaggerated shaking voice of Marc Bolan from his happy hippie acousitic days. But, on the other hand, "Dark" was ahead of time - these are the roots of doom. The guitar of Martin Weaver provides occasional sparks of light in depressive darkness of the album, which lacks distinctive catchy tunes either.
The CD has 6 original songs (all penned by Steve Giles), and 4 bonus (recorded without Martin Weaver and Ronald Johnson).
These sounds still have some hypnotizing power over me, and if you are into hard'n'heavy of the 70s, - get it. Good stuff
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Mainly bought this album for the track 'Maypole', but quite like the rest of the album too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fuzzy proto-Prog monster! 9 Nov. 2007
By Sealed Fate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fuzzy and fairly heavy for its time(early 70's),here's another proto-metal must have! I'd also consider this proto-Prog as well,in respect to the (for the time) ambitious arrangements - I'd wager that the guys in Opeth have a copy of this in their collections!If your bag is obscure early 70's hard rock,i'd say you need a copy for yours too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raunchey fuzz driven guitars offset with clean rythems 20 Nov. 2009
By Mark Newingham - Published on Amazon.com
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Good songs, catchy heavy fuzzed out guitar riffs and some killer frenzied train wreck guitar solo's that I love. A must have for classic rock/proto-metal lovers. Tracks I really dug were "Darkside" running time 7:28 sweet. "Live for Today" 8:07 starts out mellow and builds up nicely, great tune. "Zero Time" my favorite, starts out heavy as hell and keeps on drivin'. The bonus tracks are good too, from my understanding they are from a previous recording session with a different lineup that didn't work out a few years earliar. The name fits for the time. It does have an overall dark feel too it. Rock on!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelia Darkside 19 July 2011
By Golovanov Alexey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Dark", which was founded in 1968 in Northampton by Steve Giles, is very closely tied to another band from the same town, and from the same year - the legendary "Wicked Lady" (Axeman Cometh, Psychotic Overkill). However, "Wicked Lady" debut album pre-dated the first LP of the "Dark" (released in 1972), it is better known, and more versatile and accomplished musically. "Dark" is often called by some tone-deaf critics "melodic progressive" (beware: it is as close to progressive as Lady Gaga to Janis Joplin), but in fact it is the heaviest possible psychedelia, rough, raw, brutal, menacing, striped to the bones of any eventual decorations (no exotic instruments, no flower power parts) - rather slow, monotonous, self-repetitive, sometimes tribal foot-stomping rhythm, sometimes medicine man's chanting. On the one hand, the act sounds out of time (as if the album captured the band under formation - they've learned 2-3 basic riffs, recorded them, and went into the next basic set), the vocals of Steve Giles are forged in the same mould as exaggerated shaky singing of Marc Bolan (in his early happy hippie acoustic days), there are no well-defined catchy tunes... On the other hand, "Dark" came ahead of time - it sounds as grandfather of doom with its minimalistic approach and deafening guitars. Although Alan Bowley, who acted as producer of the album (he was sound engineer), calls the LP "the culmination of those two years of playing", and "finest recording session to date", the album all in all is unsteady and not so "representative" at all, but... But these sounds still have a hypnotizing power over me, so it could be the same for other addicts of hard'n'heavy of the 70s. Hard'n'heavy it is.
"Dark" was: Steve Giles (songwriter, guitars and vocals), Ron Johnson on bass, Clive Throneycroft on drums and Martin Weaver (the founder of "Wicked Lady")) - guitar. The band lasted from 1968 until 1972, when they recorded this album (6 tracks). The album was bootlegged both on vinyl and CD; CD-reissues have 4 bonus tracks, recorded without Weaver and Carl Bush plays bass instead of Ronald Johnson.
The album, however, went nowhere, and the band soon followed it. It is considered to be one of the most expensive albums (fetching over GBR 1.200-1.500, which should be taken with the pinch of salt - have you ever tried to sell one of these ultra-rare vinyls? Because I did - unless you're lucky, you'll be offered a fraction of the price you've paid. By the way, stamps collectors are facing the same problem - good, if they'll get a face value).
In any case, if you are into good old hard'n'heavy, you'll be happy to have it - otherwise it's not a must
5.0 out of 5 stars great fuzztone hard rock 8 Dec. 2010
By madjohn - Published on Amazon.com
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As I sit and listen to this for the third time today,I see why this is so highly rated in some quarters.The guitar work is wonderful,the songs are tuneful and well arranged.In my estimation,this is British rock from the top drawer.
5.0 out of 5 stars 70,s Jem 13 Jan. 2013
By lynchduncan - Published on Amazon.com
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Dark only make this one album and its a beauty . its a must have if you love 70,s prog / hard rock
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