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The Church


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3 stars This may be the album of the Church's body of work that would appeal most to proggers (sadly, since they are a great band), in that it is a covers album that contains some old 70s chestnuts. I have to say, though I am biased, that this is my favourite covers album, since the band chose some pretty obscure (by most people's standards) stuff that suited their own dream-pop/glam- and prog-influenced style. Here's a breakdown of the covers: The Faith Healer (orig, Alex Harvey Band)- pretty faithful to the spooky original, but with Steve Kilbey's ominous baritone replacing Harvey's pre-Bon Scott Scottish wail; It's All Too Much- A wonderful Beatles cover with some great guitar sounds; Hiroshima Mon Amour - the John Foxx-era Ultravox tune is is sped up into an elegant rocker; The Porpoise Song - a Monkees song from their weird "Head" era; Decadence (Kevin Ayers) - One of Ayers' greatest tracks is done pretty faithfully; a great psychedelic trip; The Endless Sea (Iggy Pop) - I've never heard the original, but a good track; Friction (Television) - About as far from prog as you can get, but classic stuff and a good rendition; All the Young Dudes (Mott/Bowie) - the least successful tune, but not offensive; Silver Machine - yup, the mighty Hawkwind classic is dusted off and rocked. This would be fun no matter who was doing it; Cortez the Killer (N. Young) - An inspired rethinking of the classic with roaring guitars, lots of weird noises and a forbidding atmosphere. Not a bad tracklist, eh? If you like covers albums, this is a confident recording by some old pros that should tickle your fancy.
Heptade | 3/5 |


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