the alchemist LP
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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.Read more ›
There are themes of friendship, loss and responsibility despite the possible consequences, running through the piece which gives it a poignant feel underlined by the overall sadness of the story and the narrator's final song.
Great band, good album.
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First heard this on vinyl, got the cassette (later chewed by my machine!) and never thought to try for CD version; took me straight back to the late 70s & sent a shiver down my... Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Mr P. Ayrton
This is a classic Prog Rock Concept Album from 1973.
I suspect that this will be bought by people who bought the original vinyl, though it is recommended to Prog newbies... Read more
I have been looking for thisalbum for many years now. It did not disappoint. Sometimes recorded music does translate from bynle to cd well but this sounded great. Read morePublished on 7 Aug. 2011 by Charles E. Gorrie
i never thought i would hear this album again,but i spotted it for sale on amazon and i now have it in my collection. Read morePublished on 7 July 2011 by Mrs. A. Gillies