- Audio CD (6 Jan. 2017)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Esoteric
- ASIN: B000TV4MOA
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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As Your Mind Flies By ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks Original recording remastered
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Rare Bird are perhaps best remembered for having the distinction of being the first act to be released on Tony Stratton Smith's gloriously eclectic label Charisma records (also the home of GENESIS, THE NICE and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR to name but a few) and for their excellent 1970 hit single Sympathy.
Like fellow future Charisma stable mates Van Der Graaf Generator, Rare Bird was formed around the principle of keyboard dominated progressive rock which eschewed the use of guitars.
Following the success of their debut album and single `Sympathy'), the band recorded this classic album in the Summer of 1970. "As Your Mind Flies By" featured the epic "Flight", a legendary piece which dominated the albums second side. An excellent work, the album met with much success, with Billboard magazine in America declaring Rare Bird to be in the top ten best new acts of the year.
Top Customer Reviews
This keyboard driven art rock band never really received the recognition that their efforts on the debut album and this deserved, 1969/70 was still pretty much guitar driven, yet when Graham Field departed, guitars were added to the mix at a time when keyboards were becoming prominent.
Steve Gould's vocals deserve a mention, his strong throaty, raw edged voice seems to be generated from deep within, and is perfect for this kind of music, plus on 'Down on the floor' he shows his lighter side. I rate him with Purple's Ian Gillan and Martin Griffiths of Beggars Opera as the best rock vocalists of the time.
With the exception of the rocking 'Hammerhead' the tracks on side one of the original album are slow to mid tempo, melodic and well arranged.
Side two (track 5) is home to 'Flight', a four part piece incorporating some experimental work recreating the sound of a vacuum alongside a choral section all nicely fitted in to some mid to uptempo rock.
Bonus tracks are seven inch mono single versions, which are ok but not as good as the album versions plus a song called 'Red man' which sounds different, but believe me it grows on you.
This album is a must have for anyone interested in early seventies rock!
For newcomers to Rare Bird, bands emplying similar (but not identical!) soundscapes would be ones such as King Crimson, ELP, Doors etc.
Many albums from this period sound pretty dreadful forty years on, but this album still sounds great. Unfortunately I haven't got the expanded version but it rates five stars on the strength of the original issue.
Keyboard player Graham Field/s (credited in both singular and plural spellings)jumped ship soon after this was released and produced a brilliant album under the name 'Fields' on the CBS (now Sony) label. To the best of my knowledge this has never been available on cd, so someone please licence and release it, as vinyl copies are extremely rare. Rare Bird became more guitar based and signed to Polydor where they released two albums; 'Epic Forest' and 'Somebody's Watching'. Despite being very good records and despite being heavily promoted neither album made much impact and rare Bird sadly went the way of the Great Auk!
Won't attempt a track by track appraisal, as others have already done that quite adequately. Just whack this on your system, crank up the volume and wallow in some great music from better days.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hammond organ with guts! This album veers from storming organ and choral singing to earthy slow blues, but it's powerful stuff.The title track is stunning.Published 5 months ago by Jimbo
This second album from Rare Bird is an indication of what might have been, if this line up had stuck together. Read morePublished on 8 Sept. 2014 by Peter N. Ingleby
HAVING JUST GOT INTO " PROG " -THIS BLEW MY MIND! TRY IT IF THERE'S NOTHING THAT INSPIRES YOU IN TODAYS MUSIC-JUST GO BACK IN TIME!Published on 27 May 2013 by MAGGIE
Wow what a disc. I have known Rare bird since childhood with their Sympathy song -a great song. I didn't know until lately what a great prog band they were. Read morePublished on 21 Jun. 2011 by prog