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Symphonic Prog

3.57 | 201 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Dave Greenslade's Hammond organ and Tony Reeves' bass play really stand out on this GREENSLADE debut.They both of course were part of the legendary band COLOSSEUM before this. Greenslade plays mellotron on every track as well. The vocals of Dave Lawson remind me of the way Peter Hammill sings, very expressive and theatrical, he also is the second keyboardisit for the band. Andrew McCulloch on drums played briefly with KING CRIMSON and he's very prominant on this album.

"Feather Friends" is a catchy, uptempo track with lots of organ runs and great drum fills. Vocals come in as it settles before 1 1/2 minutes. This is where he reminds me of Hammill the most. Nice bass throughout. A mellotron storm after 4 minutes. More great organ late. "An English Western" is an uptempo instrumental with drums, organ and bass standing out. Mellotron ends it in style. "Drowning Man" is fairly mellow with reserved vocals and organ for the first 2 minutes then a fuller sound arrives. The tempo then picks up as bass and organ shine. Mellotron 4 minutes in and then back to the original melody.

"Temple Song" is a mellow track with plenty of vocals and vibes. Prominant bass before 3 minutes. My least favourite. "Melange" has more energy, I like the drumming on this one. Some huge bass before 1 1/2 minutes followed by mellotron. Vocal melodies come and go. The song brightens somewhat 4 minutes in with drums, organ and mellotron following a minute later. Nice. "What Are You Doing To Me" has a nice heavy intro with passionate vocals. Some great organ work here with mellotron after 3 1/2 minutes. "Sundance" opens with piano before we get a fairly heavy sound before 2 minutes. Drums, bass and organ dominate. Impressive. Mellotron 5 minutes in as the melody stops. It kicks back in after 5 1/2 minutes and then speeds up. It ends as it began with piano.

This is one of those albums that has character. I do prefer "Bedside Manners Are Extra" but there's enough here to give it a low 4 star rating.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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