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British Tradition
4 stars While this album may be a bit more difficult to get into than garden shed, after a few listens it does become a very rewarding album. The sound quality is a bit iffy on a few of the tracks with the vocals suffering the most but you have to take into consideration that this was an unfinished album.

Creepin' Instrumental starts the album off with some energetic playing. A dynamic track with multiple sections each with their own feel. Similar compositional style to the first album but it is an individual piece. Good use of Mellotron and Synthesisers. 7/10

A One Legged Day Tale would have been fantastic were it not for the quality of the vocals. It almost sounds like they used a guide track take. Oh well. A nice up tempo song that's almost a foot stomper in places. After a few listens you really start to get it and realise that there are some great melodies. A somewhat challenging piece of music with interesting harmonic structures. 8/10

Sausage Pie appears to be an attempt at a more commercial song. It's okay but not the best of the album. Something just doesn't seem quite right about it, it lacks melody in the verses and the sounds they used could have been a bit better. Not bad but not great 5/10

Tooting Bec Rape Case for me is the real highlight. It starts off a bit strange with lots of percussion and it has a kind of eastern tinge to it. After a minute or so it starts getting into it, it still has the eastern tinge but it's a bit more cohesive by now. After this section comes a strange interlude which always gets me a bit excited because straight away in comes this this fantastic melody. You really have to hear it because there are many small bits and pieces throughout this track that just can't be described. Definitely a favourite of mine and wouldn't have been out of place on garden shed. 9/10

Mister Meener is an up-beat track that was recorded a little better than the rest. Reminds me of queen a little. A multi- movement shorter song with interesting harmonies and great mellotron brass. 7/10

Nanogram finishes the album in fine form. It's another instrumental with that garden shed feel. Some great guitar playing on this one. An interesting track that should not disappoint. 8/10

Overall I think that this is an excellent addition to any prog collection. Very rewarding with that classic England sound. If only they had finished/spruced it up a bit.

British Tradition | 4/5 |


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