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WHITE WITCH

White Witch

 

Heavy Prog

4.00 | 6 ratings

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AmericanProgster
4 stars It seems that White Witch's second album, A Spiritual Greeting, is seen by most people as their most progressive. Which really confuses me.

Now don't get me wrong, both WW albums are a mix bag of stuff. Ranging from spaced out heavy prog to psychedelic pop. BUT when it comes to prog rock, and which album is more consistently prog, then this album is what you're looking for.

The album opens up with Parabrahm Greeting/ Dwellers Of The Threshold, which is a great heavy prog/space rock intro with soaring vocals, great keyboard and guitar effects. The song then starts picking up and turns into a heavy prog wonder. Awesome. The song then segues into Help Me Lord.

Help Me Lord is an organ led prog number. Great vocals and keyboards throughout.

Don't Close You Mind is perhaps their most progressive song. A lot of synthesizer use in this one. As usual great vocal harmonies thanks to Ronn Goedert. There's some nice added touches of the wah-wah pedal. About midway through there is a brief bass and acoustic guitar part which quickly changes to a great guitar and keyboard jam. A truly great song throughout.

Your the One is where WW starts to turn out their wonderful prog with pop sensibilities. Another wah-wah and synthesizer led beauty which segues into Sleepwalk.

Sleepwalk is just one of their most beautiful songs. This song is led by synthesizers with some nice acoustic guitar playing along, then near the end Buddy Richardson does a brief jazz guitar solo and breaks out a searing guitar solo.

Home Grown Girl is a blues/boogie number, which I could do without, but is still a great song. Singer Ronn Goedert has a rougher style on this song, as apposed to a more melodic and mellow style on most of WW's material.

And I'm Leaving is another catchy song. Supposedly this was a minor hit for them in the US in 1972, barely missing the top 40.

Illusion is another highlight of this album. One of their heavier songs with Ronn Goedert giving his performance of a life time. As apposed to the rest of the album, this song is mainly guitar led. Keyboard wise there are organ and synthesizers playing along with the main guitar riff. Absolutely amazing song.

The album takes a huge turn with It's So Nice to be Stoned. As you can guess this is a stoner's anthem, its a wonder that its not more well known.

The album then closes with Have You Ever Thought of Changing?/Jackson Slade and The Gift which follows suite with the rest of the album.

This album is White Witch at their best, absolutely amazing. 4 Stars

-AP

AmericanProgster | 4/5 |

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