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Symphonic Prog

3.25 | 1026 ratings

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3 stars A modest start for what may well be the most influential British progressive rock act. On tracks like "Survival", one can hear them attempting to grasp for a more symphonic rock sound as suggested by King Crimson's IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING, coupled with the band's own influences. Obviously the Beatles and the Byrds are the biggest influences here, as cover versions of "Every Little Thing" and "I See You" clearly show. Peter Banks' guitarwork is pure FIFTH DIMENSION (the album, not the group!) and the vocal harmonies are very Byrds-ian as well.

Their only symphonic conceit, really, was via Tony Kaye's biting Hammond organ work. It adds a texture to the band's sound that would be lost with only just guitar, though Banks fills up the space well with his crisp playing. Jon Anderson's distinctive voice shows that they were something special already at this early stage, and even through rather dated psychedelic numbers like "Harold Land" one could expect to hear great things in their future.

Progbear | 3/5 |


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