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mystic fred
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3 stars ...WOWIE ZOWIE!

This is where it all started, this album was my first official Prog purchase, at age 16 my world of live music involved visiting murky smoke-filled pubs with my mates digging many dubious and now long forgotten unsigned bands, until one week I had German Measles and missed the best one, namely Genesis, upon one of their rare visits within my little beat, my mates were ecstatic about Gabriel and Co, ...and many other music fans as history will tell !

Realising I missed a good band I consoled myself with this album, "In the Beginning" being the most exciting track here, though containing an eclectic collection of groups under an odd title, a confusing definition of Progressive Music by today's standards, but in those days anything a little bit out of the mainstream was labelled Progressive.

John Mayall I knew from a year or two before during my Blues period, an excellent track from his "Bare Wires" album, a highly recommended album by any standards, the Moody Blues "Nights..." must be the most well known track on the album, so well known it was considered mainstream, and East of Eden were well known for their folky hit "Jig a Jig", but nice to hear some of their other material on here. Other bands such as Savoy Brown are an odd selection on here as they were unashamedly Blues, and the James Cameron Quartet sounded like a Jazz group.

My copy of Wowie Zowie was never played in its entirety more than once, the track I kept playing was Genesis for many weeks until it found its way back into the used store racks, as there were other avenues to explore. I eventually tracked down a copy of "Genesis to Revelation" but was disappointed with it having sampled the delights of their next three albums by then, but looking back Wowie Zowie was the spark that got me onto the Prog trail, then a 'B' road, then a highway and onto an expressway....not an essential album but Decca's "World" series threw up some excellent music on a budget, and are a good introduction to many genres.

mystic fred | 3/5 |


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