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Gracious - This Is ... Gracious !! CD (album) cover




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erik neuteboom
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4 stars Another fine band from the Early British Progressive Rock Movement (like Fantasy, Rare Bird, Cressida). A double-concert with King Crimson turned out to be pivotal for the band's musical direction: keyboard player Martin Kitcat was so impressed by King Crimson's Mellotrons that he wanted to incorporate the Mellotron into the sound of Gracious. In '70 Gracious released their eponymous first album, a year later their second entitled "This is ... Gracious!". The end of the band came soon when they didn't get gigs and run out of money. On their debut-album "Gracious!" the songs are alternating and adventurous but at some moments the music tends to become too structureless or too longwinding. Despite good ideas and a 'progressive mind' it's not really a memorable album. So I woud like to have a session with their second album entitled "This is ... Gracious" is another story, due to a stunning progress from the band and Martin Kitcat's frequent play on the mellotron, often in captivating interplay with the electric guitar. The songs are varied (blues, rock, classical, symphonic) and the climates are pleasant, especially the 'epic' track "Super nova" (4 parts) featuring amazing Mellotron eruptions. If you are lucky you can get both albums on one CD by BGO Records (UK).

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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