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THE ARGENT ANTHOLOGY: A COLLECTION OF GREATEST HITS

Argent

 

Crossover Prog

2.81 | 10 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams
2 stars It's hard to believe, from listening to this collection, why this band is listed here. While this is good rock music, with a bit of psychedelia mixed in, it is barely progressive. But it's hard to judge a band by what the record company thinks is the best of their output.

Hold Your Head Up is a mid-tempo, spacy song, and the reason I bought this LP in the first place. Nice song. Liar is more psychedelia, better than the 3 Dog Night cover, which was a bigger hit. Pleasure sounds like a Crosby Stills Nash & Young leftover. God Gave Rock And Roll To You, once covered by the dismal Kiss, is okay, and threatens to turn prog in some sections, but never quite gets there. It's Only Money, Part 1 has a nice jam, but it ends before the band can take it to any sort of height. Thunder And Lightning is a driving rock piece, with some nice synth work. Tragedy is a slightly funky song, with some good, but not great keyboard & guitar soloing. And everyone should know Time Of The Season by The Zombies. This is a decent live performance of that song.

It's hard to believe from these songs that Rod Argent was considered as a replacement for Rick Wakeman in Yes in the mid-seventies. I could see him replacing Tony Kaye, but Wakeman?

2.5 stars, rounded down for lack of prog.

Evolver | 2/5 |

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