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4.15 | 255 ratings

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3 stars Strawbs are building up the foundations started in their previous release From The Witchwood.

Rick is now gone to perform his Yes duties, but the man in charge (Blue Weaver) delivers some very pleasant organ and mellotron lines as well. This is particularly true in the opening Benedictus. It is only a pity that vocals are here somewhat religious oriented (but it is not the first time in Strawbs career).

The band has not forgotten the psychedelic flavour and includes a very performing Queen Of Dreams which combines heavy keys, some short experimental passage and a delectable psyche sound which was more typical in the late mid sixties than at the time of this recording but it is always pleasant (at least for me) to listen to this type of songs.

The sound of this album while recorded in 72, remains surprisingly very modern and fresh (but this is maybe due to the remastering work). New World for instance offers great mellotron (yes, I'm a tron maniac) and an impeccable melody. A great feeling perspires out of this excellent song which is a highlight IMO.

There are some Beatles oriented vocal parts as well, like during The Flower And The Young Man which almost starts as Nowhere Man but evolves into a brilliant symphonic piece of music: mostly thanks to some great keyboarding.

One of the most heavy Strawbs number is definitely Tomorrow. The organ play is close to what's is featured more conventionally on some Purple, Heep or Rooster songs. But I really it: solid band and convincing vocals are such a perfect combination! It is a highlight.

There are some flaws as well which consist of the short and transitional songs Hey Little Man, On Growing Older, Ah Me, Ah My) and a couple of weak songs featured towards the end of the album like Is It Today, Lord.

The bonus tracks aren't memorable either and all this ends up on a three star rating for this good album.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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