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THE MACHINE THAT CRIED

String Driven Thing

 

Prog Folk

3.59 | 26 ratings

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hdfisch
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3 stars Saving the best to the last...

Actually I've got this CD already since many years in my collection and even don't really remember how I discovered this band. Think I found it in a discount rack, sometimes there are true gems to be found there. SDT had been a very little known band releasing five albums between 1970 and 1975 before they resigned due to unsatisfactory record sales. Violinist Grahame Smith did a lot of session work (i.e. VDGG, Steve Hackett) after that as a matter of interesting fact. I never listened to any of their other regular albums, only to a compilation called "Early Years" or something like that which contained some really crappy 60's pop songs though (which obviously was a reissue of their debut one). But this album here is of much different calibre and a quite remarkable work. Unfortunately not everything's really great on here and on par with the last two tracks which are undoubtedly to be classified as Prog. Most of the other songs though are sounding a bit too simplified reflecting rather straight forward bluesy folk rock being still in a rather 60's vein and quite dated for 1973. Anyway Grahame Smith is the shining star here with his furious violin play. Other quite good songs apart from the title track and the three-parted "River Of Sleep" include "Heartfeeder", "Night Club" and "Sold Down The River". Overall this album is worth 3 stars I would say but I doubt it's necessarily an essential addition to any Prog collection.

hdfisch | 3/5 |

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