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(A BALLAD OF) A PEACEFUL MAN

Gravy Train

 

Heavy Prog

3.55 | 90 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!

Second release on the great Vertigo label but their last one also, as they will move to their cross-town rival label Dawn for their next two albums. This one has more chance to please the fellow readers of this site. Much more into the progressive subject that we are looking for in an album featured here, it still sounds a lot like their psychedelic debut. They are however careful to develop climaxes and ambiances that I thought were absent on their first try by being more concise.

The awesome title track, Julie's Delight (and its string section), Messenger and Home Again are clearly the highlights of this album. Unlike the debut album, the presence of KB is more noticeable, but no matter what, Gravy Train will retain a Psych sound until their last album, mostly due to Barrett's fuzz guitar. Again Barrett's voice is an acquired taste, but it should not be too hard to get into the groove.

Not that much more groundbreaking or essential, this album still is recommended to early 70's buffs, but still not essential, IMHO.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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