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Those '70s Synth Sounds Make Me Smile,
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This review is from: The Roaring Silence (Audio CD)
Another 'I remember when' review, but revisiting this album 38 years since first hearing it, I still have nothing but praise for it. From the opening 7-minute full version of Springsteen's Blinded By The Light until the closing Questions, are 7 tracks of the highest quality prog-infested MMEB. The compositions, shared by several band members, are generally thoughtful with a subtle attack free from pomp and bluster. Perhaps the wildest moment is Barbara Thompson's sax solo on Singing The Dolphin Through, a slow beautiful Mike Heron song that slips by serenely.
Like all the musicians' playing, Chris Thompson's singing is perfectly understated throughout, strong but without any theatrics or hysteria. On the instrumental Waiter, There's A Yawn In My Ear, the musicians cut loose (on the vinyl, this closed side one with style and gusto. There are no weak moments on this album which should be a fixture in every prog afficiando's collection. You should not need too many listens to love this masterpiece. This cd re-issue includes the bonus tracks of Spirits In The Night and the single edit of Blinded By The Light.
Oh, and those '70s synthesizer sounds make me smile with every listen.