Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

WALLY

Wally

Symphonic Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Wally Wally album cover
2.99 | 41 ratings | 6 reviews | 12% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential


Write a review
Buy WALLY Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing


1. The Martyr
2. I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy
3. What To Do
4. Sunday Walking Lady
5. To The Urban Man
6. Your Own Way



Lyrics

Search WALLY Wally lyrics

Music tabs (tablatures)

Search WALLY Wally tabs

Line-up / Musicians

- Pete Cosker / Electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, bass guitar
- Paul Gerrett / Fender Rhodes, harmonium, grand piano, harpischord, Mellotron, hammond organ, vocals
- Paul Middleton / Steel guitar, bass guitar)
- Roger Narraway (percussion)
- Pete Sage / Electric violin, bass guitar, mandolin)
- Roy Webber / lead vocals, acoustic guitar

Releases information

Atlantic K50051 (1974)

Thanks to Ivan_Melgar_M for the addition
Edit this entry

WALLY MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

Buy WALLY Wally Music


Valley Gardens/WallyValley Gardens/Wally
Import
Imports 2014
Audio CD$17.73

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Li'l Wally Polka CD - "Li'l Wally Sings In Heaven There is No Beer" Remastered USD $12.98 Buy It Now
WALLY V. HUGHES 45 My Girl / Looks Are Deceiving FOLK Calypso w901 USD $20.00 Buy It Now
TURK MURPHY & WALLY ROSE: The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton LP (reissue) Jazz USD $12.00 Buy It Now
Zober, Wally Wally Zober Story 2 CD USD $5.99 Buy It Now
Pinchas Steinberg - Catalani: La Wally (NEW 2CD) USD $16.09 Buy It Now 33m 33s
v/a ROCKET INFINITY: THE GLOBAL RISE OF ROCKING MUSIC, 1942-62 10"/Lil Wally/ao. USD $23.99 Buy It Now 1h 49m
Echoes by Wally Badarou (Vinyl, May-2016, Music on Vinyl) USD $22.50 Buy It Now 1h 51m
FRANKIE VAUGHAN & WALLY STOTT - WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT - 7" VINYL 1960 PHILIPS USD $18.57 Buy It Now 1h 52m
1956 CAKEWALK TO LINDY HOP - WALLY ROSE and CLANCY HAYES CL 782 Record USD $40.00 Buy It Now 2h 26m
Catalani: La Wally - Catalini,Christian / Titus,Alan / Marton,Eva CD-JEWEL CASE USD $13.22 Buy It Now 3h 4m
Various Artist - Gu Dj Wally Lopez - Various Artist CD P4LN USD $13.55 Buy It Now 3h 16m
WALLY BISHOP & ORCH Strangers In The Dark 78 10" REGAL ZONOPHONE MR2538 41/9 USD $11.14 Buy It Now 3h 31m
WALLY BISHOP & BAND So You Left Me For The 78 10" REGAL ZONOPHONE MR2799 41/17 USD $11.14 Buy It Now 3h 43m
WALLY GONZALEZ WALLY ON THE ROAD OOP CD USD $9.99 Buy It Now 3h 52m
Juice Newton Juice 1981 Wally EMI ST-12136 1st NM Press Ultrasonic CLEAN USD $17.60 Buy It Now 3h 54m
Juice Newton Juice Wally 1st 1981 EMI ST-12136 Press EXC ULTRASONIC CLEAN USD $18.00 Buy It Now 3h 54m
Richard Marx 1987 Self-titled Wally 1st Press ARCHIVE MASTER Ultrasonic CLEAN USD $28.00 Buy It Now 3h 54m
Quarterflash S/T 1981 Geffen GHS 2003 Wally 1st Press EXC ULTRASONIC CLEAN USD $25.60 Buy It Now 3h 57m
Pure Prairie League Two Lane Highway 1975 Analog Wally VG++ 1st ULTRASONIC CLEAN USD $15.00 Buy It Now 3h 58m
WALLY WILLETTE / POLK BROTHERS: Eenie Meenie + 3 45 (re) Rockabilly USD $5.00 Buy It Now 4h 18m
L'il Wally "Hit Parade" Polka LP Chicago, IL USD $7.88 Buy It Now 4h 26m
Dance Around The Christmas Tree With Lil Wally The Polka King USD $8.00 Buy It Now 4h 49m
Wally Fowler Presents This Ole House Sealed Vinyl LP Jake Hess J D Sumner USD $4.79 Buy It Now 8h 4m
TURK MURPHY/WALLY ROSE-Music of Jelly Roll-Jazz Inst EX/VG++ 8-Song 45 DoubleEP USD $9.99 Buy It Now 8h 25m
Catalani: La Wally / Steinberg, Marton, Titus, Araiza New CD USD $35.50 Buy It Now 8h 32m
It Rhymes - Wally Schnalle (CD 1994) jazz USD $5.00 Buy It Now 9h
GEORGE CARLIN - AN EVENING.. WALLY LONDO.. BILL SLASZO - LIT' DAVID - SEALED LP USD $12.95 Buy It Now 9h 16m
HOUSE 12": Rubba J MARMELADE SOUL Wally's Groove World USD $9.95 Buy It Now 9h 19m
Wally Badarou- Words Of A Mountain- Cassette SEALED USD $6.99 Buy It Now 9h 51m
DJ Wally - Nothing Stays The Same (CD, 2003, Thirsty Ear) Music Album USD $6.88 Buy It Now 9h 55m
TURK MURPHY & WALLY ROSE: The Music Of Jelly Roll Morton LP (10", sm tag stain USD $20.00 Buy It Now 10h 3m
Wally Fowler Pray, Pray, Pray For The U.S.A. LP Oak Rid USD $9.99 Buy It Now 10h 11m
Genetic Flaw, DJ Wally, New USD $4.99 Buy It Now 10h 56m
George Carlin An Evening With Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo 8-Track Tape USD $5.95 Buy It Now 11h 6m
Lot of 9 Polish Polka Records Christmas Lil Wally Steve Adamczky Jimmy Sturr USD $28.95 Buy It Now 11h 22m
ROCKABILLY PROMO 45...WALLY LEWIS ...KATHLEEN...SIMS 139 USD $20.00 [0 bids]
11h 34m
LI'L WALLY POLISH SING-A-LONG SPIEWAJMY vinyl VG++ Jay Jay 1047 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 12h 14m
Lil' Wally - Proud to be an American - Brand new CD! USD $9.99 Buy It Now 12h 18m
LI'L WALLY PLAYS OLD COUNTRY POLISH POLKAS VG+ Jay jay LP-1010 USD $11.99 Buy It Now 12h 43m
HEAR! Rockabilly 45 WALLY ADAMS A Steel Guitar and A Glass of Wine on Caravelle USD $15.00 Buy It Now 12h 59m
Lil Wally Beautiful Brown Eyes/Brush Those Tears 45 RPM USD $7.00 Buy It Now 13h 18m
Wally Whyton Flying Dutchmen LP 1971 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 13h 36m
Vintage LP Records- LIL WALLY (3) Separate Albums USD $3.95 [0 bids]
USD $6.95 Buy It Now
14h 11m
Lil' Wally, It's Happiness with Lil' Wally Instrumentals.Jay Jay Records. USD $10.01 Buy It Now 14h 20m
WALLY ROSE AND CLANCY HAYES -(LP)- CAKEWALK TO LINDY HOP - COLUMBIA MONO - 1956 USD $24.95 Buy It Now 14h 48m
Li'l Wally "Here Comes" POLKA LP USD $7.88 Buy It Now 14h 59m
Wally Flower - Faith as Grain of Mustard Seed / He'll Understand 45 VG+ FAITH USD $12.99 Buy It Now 15h 8m
Wally Self Titled LP 1974 Atlantic records Sealed USD $12.00 Buy It Now 15h 12m
A Wally Fowler- Lead Me Gently Home, Father / Dig A Little Deeper USD $1,000.00 Buy It Now 15h 26m
WALLY FOWLER 78 RPM RECORD GOSPEL QUARTET 1006 THE FUNERAL / I'LL BE NO STRANGER USD $20.00 Buy It Now 15h 26m
George Carlin - An evening with Wally Londo featuring Bill Slaszo Comedy Record USD $0.99 [0 bids]
USD $8.99 Buy It Now
16h 6m
Li'l Wally "Do The Twirl" JAY JAY RECORDS S-5094 LP USD $4.98 Buy It Now 16h 39m
WALLY FOWLER/OAK RIDGE QUARTET, A-PERFECT JOY/B-A BEAUTIFUL LIFE, 78 RPM USD $12.95 Buy It Now 16h 52m
SPIDERBAIT: THE FLIGHT OF WALLY FUNK - 18 TRACK CD, KRAM USD $5.27 Buy It Now 17h 42m
WALLY JAMES All In Name of Jesus CD gospel Minnesota Amazing Grace USD $16.00 Buy It Now 18h 16m
WALLY FOWLER/OAK RIDGE QUARTET,A-CALL OF THE CROSS/B-YOU MUST HAVE THAT PURE... USD $11.95 Buy It Now 18h 44m
George Carlin An Evening with Wally Londo Vinyl USD $1.25 [0 bids]
USD $3.00 Buy It Now
18h 46m
Catalani LA WALLY Cleva Tebaldi Del Monaco Decca UK 3 LP Set 394/6 EX/NM nr USD $19.99 Buy It Now 18h 52m
THE BEATLES ROCK N ROLL MUSIC 1976 CAPITOL SKBO11537 VINYL RECORD WALLY USD $17.99 Buy It Now 19h 9m
BOB SEGER & THE SILVER BULLET BAND - LIKE A ROCK Mastered by "Wally" Near Mint USD $5.88 [0 bids]
19h 13m
Lil Wally Polish Christmas Carols Koledy Jay Jay 5011 Stereo in Shrink! Polka USD $6.50 Buy It Now 19h 29m
Eddy Wally - Ciao Ciao Mamma Mia / Isabella Mint- 7" Netherlands Telstar TS2425 USD $25.00 Buy It Now 20h
Eddy Wally - Die Mooie Zomer Op Capri VG+ 7" Netherlands 1977 Telstar TS2511 USD $25.00 Buy It Now 20h 2m
Alfredo Catalini: La Wally W/Giacinto Prandelli,Renata Tebaldi,Arturo Basile CD USD $29.95 Buy It Now 20h 10m
li'l wally 7" 45 single helena polka wonderful evening jay jay w/ sleeve EX USD $3.74 Buy It Now 21h 30m
WALLY ROSE &CLANCY HAYES/CAKEWALK TO LINDY HOP US CL782 USD $23.00 Buy It Now 21h 39m
Praise the Lord (Maddox Brothers & Rose, Texas Tyler, Wally Fowler) and more! USD $3.00 Buy It Now 22h 38m
WALLY ST RARE OOP JAPAN MINI-LP SHM-CD USD $41.99 Buy It Now 23h 2m
Wally Jump Junior Tighten Up (I Just Can... UK 12" record (Maxi) USD $13.55 Buy It Now 1 day
Catalani, La Wally, Tebaldi, Bergonzi, CD-Box, 2 CD`S USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
WALLY FRYER & PERFECT TEMPO DANCE ORCH Too Young 78 10" DECCA F9747 42/27 USD $11.14 Buy It Now 1 day
MERVYN CONN PRESENTS TEX RITTER & WALLY WHYTON OFFICIAL PROGRAMME 1973 USD $1.23 [0 bids]
1 day
Perceptions Of Pacha Vol. II, Lopez, Wally, New USD $2.96 Buy It Now 1 day
Little River Band Time Exposure 1981 Wally Traugot Press, ULTRASONIC CLEANED USD $10.66 Buy It Now 1 day
Stray Cats Built for Speed 1982 1st EMI Wally Traugot Press, VG++ USD $10.40 Buy It Now 1 day
Wally Jump Jr & Criminal Element - LP USD $2.48 Buy It Now 1 day
Tunog Pinoy - Wally Gonzalez (2011, CD New) USD $12.54 Buy It Now 1 day
On The Road - Wally Gonzalez (2011, CD New) USD $18.38 Buy It Now 1 day
CUTTING/ADVERT: 7/9/74PMM55 WALLY/WALLY ALBUM & CONCERT TOUR 15X12 BOB HARRI USD $14.86 Buy It Now 1 day
Tunog Pinoy - Wally Gonzalez (CD Used Very Good) USD $11.32 Buy It Now 1 day
On The Road - Wally Gonzalez (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.83 Buy It Now 1 day
Wally Gonzalez - On The Road [CD New] USD $11.83 Buy It Now 1 day
Wally Gonzalez - Tunog Pinoy [CD New] USD $13.32 Buy It Now 1 day
LITTLE NAT "DO THIS DO THAT/TALLY WALLY" OIK 45 RPM *MINT-* USD $5.99 [0 bids]
1 day
CD Album VA - Gu Dj Wally Lopez Double CD USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
Humphrey Lyttelton Wally Fawkes Bruce Turner Pete Strange Signed LP VINYL USD $17.28 Buy It Now 1 day
1988 - WALLY JUMP JR - Don't Push Your Luck - Press Advertisment - Poster Size USD $11.14 Buy It Now 1 day
AL TRACE NOSTALGIA BAND {Pop Ragtime Jazz} Play It Again Ben / Lil Wally ?HEAR USD $3.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Johnny Vadnal POLKA SPECIALS Lil Wally Accordion Button Box Waltzes Jay Jay 5071 USD $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Record - Maly Wladziu POLECZKI OD UCHA - Jay-5081 POLKA Li'l Wally USD $13.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Record POLKA PARTY LP-1012 Li'l Wally Won't Get Married Milk the Cow DADDY's USD $15.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Record - NO BEER IN HEAVEN Li'l Wally Jay-5079 Stereo POLKA Polish Ameircan USD $16.99 Buy It Now 1 day
LP Record - Here Comes Li'l Wally Jay-5058 Stereo POLKA Ohio, Utica Syracuse USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1 day
wally hughes bye bye Baby columbia 41261 promo rockabilly rocker 7" 45 USD $5.99 Buy It Now 1 day
WALLY FOWLER: A Tribute To Mother LP (shrink, w/ J.D. Sumner Stamps Quartet, Pe USD $25.00 Buy It Now 1 day
WALLY JUMP JR & CRIMINAL ELEMENT ?- Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin') (12") USD $7.42 Buy It Now 1 day
MCGUINN CLARK & HILLMAN CAPITOL RECORDS SW 11910 MASTERED WALLY PRESSIN NM USD $3.99 Buy It Now 1 day
1964 Li'l Wally & the Venturas ?Welcome Beatles 45 USD $24.99 [0 bids]
USD $36.00 Buy It Now
1 day
HEAR IT ELVIS PRESLEY RELATED TRIBUTE Wally Fowler USD $7.20 Buy It Now 1 day
Wally Fowler and Various Songs of Inspiration STEREO~ DS 6 68 Christian Xian USD $5.81 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy WALLY music online Buy WALLY & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

WALLY Wally ratings distribution


2.99
(41 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
12%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
32%
Good, but non-essential (44%)
44%
Collectors/fans only (12%)
12%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

WALLY Wally reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
3 stars While much of the sixties were marked by the British invasion of America and all points west and east of Liverpool, there seem to have been some points in time where the influences flowed the other direction, if only in isolated pockets. Wally are one of those rare examples of this phenomenon. Despite being a bunch of guys from Leeds they managed to spend five years in the seventies touring around under management of Brian Lane and sounding something like the Eagles fronted by Jackson Browne with a hillbilly fiddler in tow. That and two albums produced by Whispering Bob Harris and Rick Wakeman should have made them stars somewhere, but apparently things just didn’t work out. Probably because their prog heavyweight connections belied their true talent as a modern-day R&B band.

This music is about as progressive as most of what Wishbone Ash or Ambrosia or America or Firefall or Home ever put out, which is to say not very. But if you are one of those people who has fond memories of the mellow, country soft-rock that filled the AM radio airwaves from about 1973 through 1978 then you will find this stuff pretty appealing. In fact “Sunday Walking Lady” sounds an awful lot like Firefall’s “Cinderella” except with some whiny fiddle for flavor. And “I Just Wanna Be a Cowboy” reminds me of Home’s “Time Passes By”. Not complaining mind you, just a couple of observations.

I think they’re closer to being a folk band than a symphonic one anyway, but I suppose the mellotron, Hammond organ and harmonium manage to fool some people. The one track that stands out a bit is the fourteen minute “To the Urban Man” with its psych sound effects and guitar fuzz layered in with that same persistently whining violin. This is a fun tune to listen to but it is also the only thing on the album that approaches true prog music with the exception of the opening track “The Martyr”, an eight minute mostly instrumental flight of fancy that moves between prog and pop almost seamlessly.

There’s a guy named Paul Middleton playing pedal steel throughout the album which of course makes this sound even more like country music than it would otherwise, although it would otherwise anyway. For fans of this instrument his highpoint is the closing track “Your Own Way” in which he pretty much sets the tone for the whole arrangement with some nice sustains and an overall wispy autumn afternoon feel. Nicely done.

These guys would put out one more album before constant touring and lack of acclaim took their toll and the band broke up. Most of them stayed in music though. Roy Webber played in a band called Trader for a while before turning to a graphic design career. Today he is one half of a part-time mainstream act known as Jackson-Webber. Pete Sage owns a recording studio in Germany, and Paul Middleton became a sort of British version of John Forgerty – hermit-like with rare public appearances before resurfacing a few years ago fronting Paul Middleton & the Angst Band. Keyboardist Nick Glennie- Smith (who replaced Paul Gerrett around the time this album was recorded) was one of a host of musicians who played the Roger Waters Berlin Wall gig. Pete Cosker unfortunately died of drug-related causes in 1990.

These guys aren’t all that memorable for a reason – they didn’t exactly put out innovative or timeless music. But they did what they did quite well, and managed to record an album with a decent sense of continuity and some nice blues steel, which is something I personally enjoy. This is a three star effort in my mind, but be warned that it is not what is traditionally considered progressive and is certainly not symphonic. Prog folk fans will undoubtedly enjoy it though.

peace

Review by Tarcisio Moura
PROG REVIEWER
2 stars I had never heard of this british band before and upon hearing their debut CD it was easy to understand why. While those guys were good musicians and could write some nice tunes, they laked two critical qualities: personality and a strong sense of direction. They were labeled as symphonic prog and the fact that it was produced by Rick Waleman may lead to some misinterpretations. They are far from being symphonic, at least most of the time.

The album starts very well, with The Martyn a song that reminds of Kansas (more specific, that groupīs The Wall). Fine symphonic piece, with some good keys and violin lines. The next is the very country-ish I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy (the title tells it all!), a song that would fit very well in any Eagles or Poco early LPs. Both tunes are very good, although completely different between themselves in the matter of style. From then on things are not as smooth: What To Do is another try on the country field: ok, but a bit too long. Sunday Walking Lady is more folky and reeks of Wishbone Ash harmonies, but add nothing in its short time.

Then comes their īepicī The Urban Man, an almost 14 minute suite that should be the highlight of the album. But clearly, Wally was not up to the task. The first part is ok, a nice ballad with good harmonies and decent guitar and keyboards lines, but it just drags after a while and the instrumental break after that is not exactly convincing with some boring noises at the end. It seems it would be better if they used 3 different smaller songs instead, I donīt know. the album closes with a typical early 70īs ballad Your Own Way, that seems to mix the styles of bands like Bread and Poco

Conclusion: more interesting than good. If youīre into country rock you might enjoy this album. I certainly donīt recommend it to symphonic prog lovers, because they will be disappointed. Maybe their second album shows some improvement on that field, Iīll have to listen. This one is little more than a country rock CD, even if it was made by british musicians. 2,5 stars.

Review by colorofmoney91
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars After discovering this band by a recommendation by a fellow reviewer on this site, toroddfuglesteg, in a forum topic I started regarding my lack of knowledge of any progressive country ever existing. Well, here it is. Wally is symphonic progressive country from the UK. Odd, right? That's what I thought, so I decided to give the debut album a listen.

It's definitely unique, and I actually enjoyed it even though it seems kind of dry.

The music on this album is Genesis/Yes-esque symphonic country, and even though there are some lengthy compositions on this album, the songs don't come across as being very progressive. There are a lot of sentimental country-rock type melodies that sound nice, but not much more than that. There is some electric violin playing throughout this album that really sticks out, but the playing isn't really extraordinary as much as it just adds another country element to the music. The musicianship by everyone else on this album isn't incredibly extraordinary either, but it is simple and soothing music in a very different kind of style.

"The Martyr", to me, sounds like a longer and more countrified version of Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4", and it's a decent song for relaxing, though it sounds kind of melancholic.

"I Just Want to be a Cowboy" is a song about being some kind of pacifist cowboy game playing, and I don't really understand it too much, but it does sound nice. This is a very non- progressive country-folk song in the vein of bands such as America or The Eagles. It's still soothing.

"What to Do" starts off with the dry electric violin that I mentioned earlier. I always want the violin to take off in a Jean-Luc Ponty style, but I'm always let down. The vocal melody in the chorus is very nice, especially the part where "all I need is music..." is sung, but after the first couple of minutes the song gets kind of boring. And the steel lap guitar is annoying, but I've always been an avid hater of that instrument. This song is more of a psychedelic country style.

"Sunday Walking Lady" is another short country-folk song. It's got a nice melody but it ends too soon to actually develop anything else notable.

"To The Urban Man" is the longest track on the album. It starts off slow, electric country ballad but soon picks up momentum after a cue from a brief and ghostly choir sound, still maintaining it's country-rock style. It drones aimlessly for the next couple minutes in what seems to be an ambient-psych attempt, but it just comes off as a boring we-don't-know- what-to-play improv session. After an avant-garde country klang of instrument sounds, the main chorus motif ends the song. I honestly hoped of more from a song that was +13 minutes in length, but whatever; it's a debut album, and lots of times bands need more time to perfect their style.

"Your Own Way" starts off with absolutely beautiful acoustic guitar picking, and soon reveals itself to be another country-folk ballad. Twangy steel guitar solo ensues, not once, but twice.

This is a strange album to listen to. I like it, but at the same time I don't like it. I'd say it's not a very good progressive rock album, but it is miles above any country music I've ever heard. I definitely enjoy it and I'll definitely listen to it in the future for it's novelty qualities. Very soothing and serene most of the time. I'm not sure who this album is aimed towards, but I'd suggest it to anyone looking for something different, or for someone looking for a slightly more progressive version of country, as I was.

Review by VanVanVan
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Well, this is an interesting one. Some have described this group as "Progressive Country," which is an interesting categorization for a British band whose first album was produced by Rick Wakeman. However, I think it's apt enough, as this band takes some decidedly country influences (especially in the vocal delivery and the instrumentation) and creates from them an at-times folky, at-times proggy album.

"The Martyr" kicks things off, and really sets the tone for where this album is going to go. A very laid back track (as are most of the tracks on the album), it features a very nice violin part that reminds one of some of Kansas' softer moments. The lyrics, while certainly not great, are probably at their high point here, as the band will deliver some truly horrendous ones later on.

Speaking of which, the second track is "I Just Wanna Be A Cowboy." Despite the title and the almost painfully twee lyrics, the song really isn't that bad. It's a nice song that combines some country sounds with English folk sensibilities to create an interesting blend. It's value as a prog track is extremely debatable, however.

"What to Do" is next, and is actually one of my favorites on the album. It's a slow, somewhat depressed sounding track, but the combination of country sounds and prog mentality is used to its best effect here, and the result is very good. This song I think really shows that less can be more when it comes to prog: there are no instrumental gymnastics here, but it's well arranged and the resulting ambience is very nice.

"Sunday Walking Lady" is the shortest song on the album, and I think it could have fit in perfectly on the first Crosby, Stills, and Nash album, as the vocal harmonies sound very similar (to my untrained ears at least). It's not remotely prog, but it's pretty much the only uptempo song on the album so it's a good change of pace.

"To The Urban Man" is the obligatory epic, and on my first listen of the album I was curious to see how Wally would take their sound and make a longer track out of it. Well, it appears that their approach was to write another 4 minute song and then meander for 10 minutes. It's pleasant enough, but it doesn't really go anywhere and I can think of much better ways to spend 14 minutes musically.

"Your Own Way" closes the album off in an aurally pleasing but ultimately forgettable way. This is one of those songs that sounds nice enough while you're listening but as soon as it's over you can't remember a single melody or theme from it. It has a passable, suitably laid back guitar solo toward the end, though, so if you're only half listening to the album it's a nice enough closer.

Overall, this is an interesting album, but not much more. There aren't any truly awful songs, but there aren't really any that are much better than "decent" either. The fusion of influences, though, I think makes this album charming enough to warrant a listen or two.

2.5/5, rounded up

Review by GruvanDahlman
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars If there ever existed a genre known as "soft prog" I think Wally would be qualified as such. By "soft" I mean simply that there more emphasis on melody and accessibility rather than being overly complex. Nothing wrong with that. There are several bands qualifying as such. Supertramp, for instance. It is by no means an act of dislike from my part labeling Wally (et al) as soft proggers.

Wallys first and selftitled album is a mixed bag of songs and it is not always good. Diversity is one of prog's great strengths but in this case it works against them, just as with Baby Whale sometimes brilliant album. The good parts of Wally is made up of folk tinged progressive rock with keyboards and violin playing a large role. The not so good parts are west coast, American styled country-ish stuff which really does not appeal to me. (I love country and American bands but to me it gets confusing when an otherwise british sounding folk-symphonic prog album goes west.)

The first track, "The Martyr", is by far the best track. Dramatic, mellow yet biting it tells the story of Joan of Arc and starts off ever so nice with ye olde harpsichord ( I think) and heads straight into electric violin taking the lead. The vocals (not the harmonies!) are a bit weak but overall very nice.

"I just wanna be a cowboy" is one of those country-tinged songs which does nothing for me. "What to do" is a very nice ballad-y song, very mellow and gentle. Alongside "The Martyr" this is the best track. It holds a very spacious and flowing ambience. Really nice stuff.

"Sunday walking lady" is another of those confusing tracks. On one hand I recall british folk at it's best but then it turns into americana. I cannot feel love for this track. It is, however, the next track that may be the most impressive one, "To the urban man". Over 13 minutes long it holds several sections. Similar in places to "The martyr" it still differs. It is not the most wonderful epic you will hear but it is nice enough. A bit country-ish in places aswell. The ending "Your own way" is a beautiful piece, perfectly suited as the finish of this album. A bit too CSNY for me, though.

Overall, as a conclusion, I find only two songs to be really good: "The martyr" and "What to do". The other tracks are more in the vein of american folk-rock like CSN(Y), Gram Parsons or The Byrds. There is really no fault in that. I like that kind of music alot but not when mixed like this, with british folk and symphonic prog. And to be frank, the material on this disc is not really much to gossip about. In "The martyr" Wally makes a bold-ish statement and in that lies their legacy as far as this album goes. The album is well played and well produced but that is it. Sorry Wally. I cannot give you more than three (hesitant) stars. "The martyr" and "What to do" picks up the rating somewhat, as it otherwise would have left me no option but to rate it slightly lower.

Latest members reviews

3 stars I have never heard about or any music which deserve to be called symphonic country...... before I heard this album. Maybe that is a bit unfair to brand it symphonic country & western. But it is tempting when the vocalist proclaim he want to be a cowboy. The music is more related to west coast ... (read more)

Report this review (#244322) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, October 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of WALLY "Wally"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives