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Black Bonzo


Heavy Prog

3.80 | 99 ratings

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4 stars This record is bleeping incredible. Of all the "retro-rock" bands I've heard, ie Darkness, Datsuns, Hellacopters, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, and the proggy ones like Wobbler and Anglagard, this is easily the most authentic sounding band, but one doesn't get a feeling of listening to recycled riffs or ideas while enjoying this record. It's almost like a time warp back to the era of glitzy capes and giant backdrops. The production is incredible, being a combination of crystal clear modern sounds with the feel of Seventies keyboards and drums (the snare sound is straight out of 1975). The comparisons are easy- this band is basically the new Uriah Heep, although traces of Queen, Deep Purple, Status Quo and even softer groups like BJH and the Moodies pop in and out, mainly in the very majestic mellotron sections. But Heep is no doubt the overriding influence. The opener, Lady of the Light, showcases the beat from Easy Livin', and is one of three rockers ("Freedom" and "Jailbait" being the other boogie fun tunes) buried amongst the ponderous, pompous mid-tempo prog pieces. Delicately plucked acoustic guitars, bluesy electric solos, classy, David Byron-esque lead vocals and extensive use of multi-part harmonies, and lots (and lots!) of organ solos are other distinguishing characteristics of this fine record. I don't think any fan of Seventies rock and roll can afford to be without this CD.
Heptade | 4/5 |


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