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Progressive technoflash - has its moments.
on 29 November 2000
A stop gap album following the departure of guitarist and the bands most commercially orientated member Russ Ballard,ENCORE suffers more from the technological restraints of the period rather than any musical shortcomings. Featuring all of the groups classic tunes, the album veers from progressive technoflash to hard driving rock'n'roll in one exhilarating swoop, but its very diversity eventually sowed the seeds of the bands demise. Argent were one of the seventies most original and underated acts, displaying musical sensibilites far beyond the grasp of their peers. As a live attraction they were simply awesome and although this recording has its moments it doesn't really capture the vocal and instrumetal subtleties for which they were renowned. Great for completists, but for newcomers to the band may I recommend the mystical beauty RING OF HANDS as a starting point.