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5 stars I met this record perhaps six years ago and I loved it from the first listening. The sound is unique - a mixture of american and english music, jazz, rock, avant-garde and symphonic rock. No track is similar to an other. In Watcha Kelele they caught Africa, in Harold Dubbelyew and Hatton Mill Morning something very english and War and Peace is an international anti-war hymn with an epic sound, quite symphonic actually. Some track feels humoristic, a piece of Zappa perhaps. As a late 60s-recording you could think it would be a psychedelic or dopey record but it isn't. There's alot of influences here and the music is totaly sophisticated. War and Peace is my favourite track but all the songs is worth listening to. The american singer John L Watson has a great voice and the band shows talant on all the instruments. A true 5/5-record!
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Posted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | Review Permalink
2 stars Most of the tracks are two to three minute long rhythm and blues songs done in a pretty mediocre way. The final track is ten minutes long though, so yeah on paper this should be good. In practice it is terrible. The last track is like a movie soundtrack, way to much sound effects and other annoyances. The singer expounding enthusiastically about their bland late sixties dated brand of anti war sentiment, no doubt inspired by the Vietnam War. The last track is really quite bad, bad enough to bring the otherwise average album down to two star territory.

Overall this albums best moments are mediocre, it's worse moments atrocious and just not something I recommend.

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Posted Sunday, December 20, 2020 | Review Permalink
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3 stars This is the debut of British band THE WEB who would release a total of three studio albums before disbanding and then establishing the band again under the name SAMURAI. The first two studio albums this band put out featured an African American on vocals and I'm just not into his voice to put it bluntly. It was that third album where the band put it all together and not by coincidence because this is when Dave Lawson joined the band. Yay! Dave is a way better singer plus there was no keyboards on the first two records but Dave adds those including mellotron on the classic third recording. I want to say this is so 60's sounding except it was released in 1968 so go figure? I actually like "Watcha Kelele" for the vocal melodies and flute. They seem to jam on this one too which I like. The followup to that "Reverand J. McKinnon" is really disappointing like most of the album. Lots of horns and drama on that 10 minute closer. It's all over the place and it's actually like listening to a movie soundtrack that is too short obviously but... oh and we get orchestral stuff too sadly.

Lets just call this humble beginnings shall we? And if you don't have their third album called "I Spider" what are you waiting for?

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Posted Monday, May 24, 2021 | Review Permalink

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