Greenslade - Bedside Manners Are Extra CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.44 | 134 ratings

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3 stars Though not as polished and urbane as ELP, David Greenslade's band made some top-notch keyboard prog and if this album has problems with consistency and a sadly murky sound, it also has some highly pleasing and paradigmatic symphonic rock. 'Pilgrim's Progress' borrows from post-modern classical and though a bit dated and dusty, shows the soild working relationship between Greenslade and second keyboardist Dave Lawson, turning into an extremely tasty duel of space-age synths, organ, mellotron and toy piano. 'Time to Dream' is kick-butt organ rock supported by Tony Reeves' fat bass and a sweet lead taken by David. 'Drum Folk' eases open with a soft fife sound and a ceremonial drum, awakening Greenslade's news-at-eleven call to action and Baroque keyboard runs. It leads to a somewhat misplaced solo by drummer Andy McCulloch and stretches a bit long with bland jamming and another unneeded drum solo. But among the most consistent tracks is the killer bass line, electro-charm and deceptively catchy melodies of 'Chaulkhill', and wraps it up nicely for this gratifying if low-key record.
Atavachron | 3/5 |


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