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GREENSLADE

Greenslade

 

Symphonic Prog

3.51 | 145 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars This is the debut album from symphonic prog rock band Greenslade. Greenslade consists of Dave Greenslade ( Keyboards) and Tony Reeves ( Bass) who where both formerly with Colosseum. Drummer Andy McCulloch had previously played on King Crimson´s Lizard album and Dave Lawson ( Keyboards and vocals) was a former member of Samurai. After Colesseum disbanded in 1971 Dave Greenslade had played as a session musician while assembling musicians for his new band Greenslade. It took him two years and Greenslade was released in 1973.

The music is very symphonic and notably without any guitar. It´s not missed though as the two keyboard players fill every vacant space with every imaginable vintage keyboard sound. This is vintage keyboard heaven. Dave Lawson´s vocals are distinct and pretty good without reaching excellent while the rythm section delivers some great backing. But this is first and foremost keyboard dominated music. Songs like Feathered Friends and What are You Doing to Me are good vocal tracks but the instrumental songs are also very enjoyable.

The musicianship is excellent and as this is keyboard dominated music I have to mention Dave Greenslade and Dave Lawson for their great complimenting interplay.

The production is a bit weak and muddy. I have this album both on LP and on CD and the CD unfortunately doesn´t have a better sound than the LP. It´s a bit of a shame and takes away some of my enjoyment.

Greenslade is one of those symphonic prog bands that are not quite in the elite but certainly near it. I think it would send a wrong signal to rate this album 3 big stars so instead I´ll rate it 4 small ones. Recommendable to vintage keyboard freaks.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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