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THE MIRROR

Spooky Tooth

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5 stars This is an essential piece of music for any true proggers collection. This is a meaty album with no fillers really. Fantasy Satisfier is a fantastic start to the album, nice progressions on many of their songs, and generally great compositions...no not generally, but everything is just so good! It's surprising not too many people know about this. I even think it's worth getting this on vinyl (for you record collectors out there)

Some parts feel like Deep Purple and some parts feel like Uriah Heep--so I can hear some influences on here, which isn't to say that it's bad, but from an objective standpoint, it's not a completely independent and original piece. For example, Fantasy Satisfier kind of reminds me of Purple's Stormbringer, but it's still very unique. They are original in their own right. For 1974, it was and still is a very underrated album.

Woman and Gold has a very groovy baseline, Hell or High Water is great, as well as Kyle. Again, definitely worth listening through the whole album, and I think it would make a great addition to your collection.

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3 stars After their LP "Ceremony" was released, Gary Wright left the band. Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie and Luther Grosvenor recorded one more album called "The Last Puff" with some assistance from some musicians of Joe Cocker´s band in 1970, and also toured briefly that year before they split.

In 1973, Harrison, Wright and Kellie re-formed the band with guitarist Mick Jones (later the founder of Foreigner in 1976). After some changes in personnel and two albums, in 1974 the band recorded this album called "The Mirror" , now with Mike Patto, Bryson Graham and Val Burke in the line-up, and with Gary Wright as the only original member. As I read in one website dedicated to the band, it seems that Patto and Wright had some conflicts in the musical direction of the band, so after this album was released, Wright left the band and took the name of the band with him. So, the band was dissolved until in 1999 the band was reformed by Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie, Luther Grossvenor and Greg Ridley (but without Wright) and they recorded an album called "Cross Purposes" (which I have not listened to yet).

This "The Mirror" album is mostly influenced in sound by Gary Wright and it also has the predominant use of synthesisers. It also has a very good recording and mixing.It also has in sound more influences by the mid- seventies Hard Rock style, but it also has some progressive influences.

The best songs in this album are "Kyle" (a very good ballad), "Fantasy Satisfier" and "The Mirror". "The Hoofer", a song by Patto, is a bit different in style to the other songs.

The original LP cover was very good in design, having a die-cut cover on which an inner sleeve drawing could be seen. To see scans of the original LP cover visit www.collectable- records.ru/groups/spooky_tooth/mirror.htm

This album was re-issued several times with different covers and even under a different title ("Comic Violence" ).

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