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Stand Up
Stand Up

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Here!, 30 May 2001
This review is from: Stand Up (Audio CD)
'Aqualung' is usually feted as the all-time classic Tull album. However, if you're just starting out with Tull, start here.
While 'Aqualung' is dark, cerelbral and slightly preachy, 'Stand Up' is straight-forward joy, a wide-ranging collection of masterpieces from psychedelic pop ('Jeffry Goes To Leicester Square'), classical-progressive ('Bouree'), rock ('A New Day Yesterday', 'For A Thousand Mothers') pretty ballads ('Look Into The Sun', 'Reasons For Waiting') all the way to silly hippy ditties ('Fat Man'). An amazing record.

Mr. Fantasy
Mr. Fantasy
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psych-pop gem, 30 May 2001
This review is from: Mr. Fantasy (Audio CD)
While their later albums concentrated more on the folk/rock/jazz elements of their music, this grand first effort can be seen as Traffic's 'Sgt Pepper'. A masterpiece of atmosphere, songwriting and psychedelia (without succumbing to the excesses of bands such as Pink Floyd), every track strikes true. 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' and 'Dear Mr Fantasy' are expansive rock showcases for Steve Winwood's many talents, Dave Mason's 'House For Everyone' and 'Stupidly Simple' are Beatle-style toytown psych at its best (check out the inventive "music box" opening of the former) - not to mention Cockney Singalong 'Berkshire Poppies', featuring The Small Faces' Steve Marriott; soulful ballad 'No Face No Name No Number'; and cheery jazz instrumental 'Giving To You'.
Along with 'Sgt Pepper', 'Ogdens Nutgone Flake' and 'Village Green Preservation Society', this is one of the seminal albums of psychedelic England.

Odessey & Oracle
Odessey & Oracle
Price: £9.74

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The British Beach Boys - and so much more, 30 May 2001
This review is from: Odessey & Oracle (Audio CD)
The Zombies were not your standard, down-and-dirty, working-class rockers. They were a quintet of polite English schoolboys from the provincial town of St Albans, Hertfordshire, who turned professional aged 19.
Their crowning glory, recorded at the end of 1967, was Odessey and Oracle, probably the closest we have to a British 'Pet Sounds', the precision 3-part harmonies of lead singer Colin Blundstone and songwriters Rod Argent and Chris White forming the album's distinctive sound. Every track is an unforgetable gem - from the tweeness of 'Friends of Mine' to White's mournful vocal on the haunting 'Butchers Tale'; from the pure pop balladry of 'This Will Be Our Year' to the psychedlic period-piece 'Beechwood Park'. And, of course, we mustn't forget the monster hit single 'Time Of The Season'. No wall of sound or wailing guitar solos here - just crafted pop at its very very best.

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