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on 22 August 2011
I stumbled across this album (vinyl version) around 16 or so years ago in Woolworths for the incredible sum of £1.99! I played the thing to death, never quite knowing why I kept going back to it. Odd, retro, almost unclassifiable but hauntingly memorable. I suppose the best description is Cream, Zeppelin, Sabbath, Doors put in a blender, then add a few more obscure 60/70's bands founder Chris Goss is into but most of us probably haven't even heard of. Goss's vocals avoid all the usual macho rock posturings but none the less sound powerful and at times 'spiritual' (the closest example being Cream). The band (although no Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones) gel really well, so much so this album rivals (and often surpasses) ANYTHING Zeppelin ever released. Unfortunately the band's personality chemistry didn't hold up on tour and they soon parted company (with the exception of mainstay/vocalist/guitarist Goss and (for a while at least) bassist Googe). The Masters were to return a few years later with the just as eclectic and almost as good 'Sunrise on the Sufferbus' (featuring Cream's Ginger Baker on drums). 'The Blue Garden' (as it is sometimes known) can be difficult (and expensive) to get hold of (CD or vinyl) - something of this quality really should be readily available, sadly it isn't (hence the generally high prices found on Amazon). The album was re-released by Delicious Vinyl with a different cover (taken from various pictures found on the original album), two extra tracks, and a totally bizarre and sacrilegious track re-shuffling! The Masters (or really Chris Goss) never again reached the musical heights achieved on this début (although came close with Sufferbus) - had the original band stayed together for future recordings it may well have been a different story. Check out the other Masters albums (especially Sufferbus) but this really is the original and best.
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