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A Reminder Why Musical Tastes Changed
18 November 2011
I'll say from the outset, I was disappointed with this CD. Listening to it through, it reminded me how many quirky tracks were turned out during this period (late 1960's). I expected something more, especially as I'd bought this CD having heard Daydream. Many tracks fell short of this, the only other track that caught my imagination was 'Baby I Don't Mind' - the reworked versions of both these tracks (released in different countries) seem to make the purchase worthwhile.
I don't doubt the technical ability and creativity of The Wallace Collection, however I felt some of the tracks were just capturing the 'vibe of the day', but date and don't stand on their own as particularly memorable or as examples that stand the test of time.
Drawing on their classical training and combining it with the evolving rock genre was what defined the Wallace Collection. However, apart from Daydream, I don't think they really 'cracked it'. Others, however did including John Lord in Deep Purple, Electric Light Orchestra, and Pink Floyd who remained in the mainstream, and people like Rick Wakeman who formed part of the Prog Rock genre.
I have to say this album is a 'mixed bag' - Track 4 'Ragtime Lily' is honky tonk piano redolent of a 1920's musical hall or gin-joint complete with a 'barber shop choir' style rendition. Track 5 'Natacha' has a Russian cossack flavour. Track 7 'What's Goin On' is a boogie, woogie piece with blues piano and harmonica. With the smattering of the 'psychedelia sound', intermissions, and snatches of various musical styles it appears that there's a lack of clarity of direction - confusing for the listener, jumping from one track to the other doesn't make this a coherent listening experience.
Admittedly, I'm reviewing this 40+ yrs later, but for the purpose of others buying it, I think it's only fair I share my reaction. My advice is try and hear some of the tracks before you buy so you know what you're getting. Sadly when I purchased this I was unable to, hence it falling below my expectations.