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Treason is the last album by progressive folk band, Gryphon, originally released in 1977 by Harvest. English folk, renaissance chansons and rock Tracks; 1 SPRING SONG / 2 ROUND & ROUND / 3 FLASH IN THE PANTRY / 4 FALERO LADY / 5 SNAKES AND LADDERS / 6 FALL OF THE LEAF / 7 MAJOR DISASTER --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Spring Song begins as a fairly long-form, but ultimately tightly-composed "universalist" piece ("Spring is the dancer, the lover of men" - Gryphon were always well-meaning AND thoroughly professional), with some crashing drums and huge organ chords. The album has it's share of shorter pieces though, the quirky stop-start nature of "Flash In The Pantry" and the breezy "Round & Round" both having their share of hooks, but with many changes of tempo and little predictability.
There's also a truly unbelieveable instrumental in the form of Snakes And Ladders, while it is jazz-influenced, those dang crumhorns return making this rather difficult to describe. It has an "outrageous" hook, propelled by incessant drums. The band were firing on all cylinders for this album and, after a delightful, folksy "nature ballad" (?) in Fall of The Leaf (some lovely vocals on that one), we come to one of their very best songs, and it's the closest to straight pop they ever came...
Major Disaster is a "ballad", despite the title. As always, tremendous melodies (Gryphon became rather better at writing memorable hooks by this point) both in the verse and choruses, massed vocals, again propelled by a solid rhythm and great keyboard parts. It rocks out more than you'd expect from such a band.
Highly recommended, a lost treasure I'd say, supposedly panned and forgotten on release (darn prog fans!Read more ›