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Spyglass Guest & Time And Tide Double CD

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B004VLZUFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spirit Of The Dance
  2. Little Red Fry - up
  3. Rainbow
  4. Siam Seesaw
  5. Joie De Vivre
  6. Red Light
  7. Melancholic Race
  8. Theme For An Imaginary Western

Disc: 2

  1. Animal Farm
  2. Newsworth
  3. Time
  4. Tide
  5. Catalan
  6. The Flattery Stakes
  7. Waltz For A Fallen Idol
  8. The Ass's Ears
  9. Doldrums
  10. Gangsters

Product Description

Greenslade were something of a prog rock supergroup when they formed in 1972. Dave Greenslade (son of Arthur Greenslade, noted arranger for Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield and many more) had been the keyboard player in jazz rock oufits Colosseum and If. Bass player Tony Reeves also came from the ranks of Colosseum, while drummer Andy McCulloch had been in the “Lizard” line-up of King Crimson. Vocalist/second keyboard player Dave Lawson had been in Episode Six and The Alan Bown Set and the unique ‘two keyboards/no guitar lineup’ gave them a signature sound. This Edsel package contains the group’s third and fourth albums, originally issued on the Warner Bros. label in 1974 and 1975. The artwork for the “Time And Tide” was painted by celebrated artist Rodney Matthews. The booklet contains all the lyrics, and annotation by Alan Robinson.

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Greenslade's first two studio albums, Greenslade and Bedside Manners are Extra, were unique in that here was a band based on drums, bass, and two lead keyboards. The music was in-demand psychdelic blues and jazz. Sadly by the time Spyglass Guest was released, the creative oomph had left the band and they were stretched for new material, even having to do a somewhat pointless cover of Theme For and Imaginary Western to fill the album up. Time and Tide saw a further descent into pop-rock anonymity and much much shorter tracks, many more of them with Lawsons strange vocal stylings - it sounded like a collection of bits that hadn't been considered for the first three albums. Both these albums are here on their own CD, tho the runtime of each means they could easily have been squeezed onto a single CD with room to spare for "extra" b-sides or demo versions. Curious...... Ah well, at least Greenslade stands the test of time and still sounds fresh and interesting, perhaps more relevent than many modern bands from their keyboard approach to rock music. Worth having in your collection - but check out their first two albums also on this dual release series, they're five stars each!
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Like many longhaired spotty-teenagers in the early to mid 70’s - I was completely drawn in by PROG ROCK and its mind-expanding themes. I’d be sat there on a Saturday morning (before Alan Freeman’s Rock Show on Radio 1) with my Garrard SP25 turntable, Dustbuster and Emitex Cleaning Cloth whirling away - whilst I devoured the graphically drawn lyrics on Genesis and Yes gatefold album covers. It wasn’t long before my complex-rhythms addiction spread to Uriah Heap, Gentle Giant and Badger – in fact anything with a Roger Dean album cover on it. It was therefore a natural progression that I would stumble on Dave Greenslade’s keyboard vehicle – GREENSLADE. I thought the first two albums "Greenslade" and "Bedside Manners Are Extra" (both issued in 1973 on Warner Brothers) had good moments - but their 3rd LP "Spyglass Guest" saw a level of sophistication that was undeniably better – and in places – even rather beautiful. Which is where this timely UK 2CD reissue comes in…

UK released May 2011 - Rhino/Edsel EDSD 2098 (Barcode 0740155209834) contains Greenslade’s 3rd and 4th studio albums on two CDs and mellotrons out as follows:

Disc 1 (38:49 minutes):
1. Spirit Of The Dance
2. Little Red Fry-Up
3. Rainbow
4. Siam Seesaw
5. Joie De Vivre [Side 2]
6. Red Light
7. Melancholic Race
8. Theme For An Imaginary Western
Tracks 1 to 8 are their 3rd album "Spyglass Guest" - originally released August 1974 in the UK on Warner Brothers K 56055 and in the USA on Mercury SRM-1 1015.

Disc 2 (32:33 minutes):
1. Animal Farm
2. Newsworth
3. Time
4. Tide
5. Catalan
6. The Flattery Stakes [Side 2]
7. Waltz For A Fallen Idol
8. The Ass’s Ears
9. Doldrums
10.
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If you've found yourself on this page then you almost certainly know what Greenslade sound like and have probably made up your mind about whether you like them or not.

They never competed with prog giants like Genesis, but they carved their niche and produced excellent music. Sure it was 'of its time' but, for me, it still sounds great. My personal fave was always 'Spyglass Guest' which had a warmth and a reliance on really good songs rather than musicianship. However, the other ablums are all fine too, so dive in!

For a price little more than a London pint, you should buy both these 2CD sets. I did.
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Greenslades third and fourth album. Largely ignored when they first came out in the seventies. Lo and behold, we did them an injustice: these albums weren't bad at all. Actually, there is more to them than caught our ears back then. It's not as tight as the first two albums, but highly pleasurable all the same. Certainly, they lacked personality, maily because there were too many personalities at work: Dave, Dave and Tony each had their own musical perspective. And some of the tunes never made it and never will. But this apparent lack of unity did lead to variety. I don't think anybody considered Dave Lawson a great singer, but then again, he's not as irritating as some reviewers make him out to be. In fact, I like these albums better than I did back in the seventies, when everything progrock had to sound like Yes - and if it didn't, you could pack it in. This CD is good value for not too much money. Recommended; Greenslade deserves re-appreciation.
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This is good value for money concept, two original records in one package, remastered with great sound and fine artwork. Greenslade was and is not for everyone; but here's a chance at a reasonable cost.
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It brought back so many great memories and even better feelings. I'd forgotten just how much I liked Greenslade and at this price it is a real steal. Go on treat yourself
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