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3.81 | 25 ratings | 4 reviews | 28% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

LP 1:
1. But That's All Right (4:20)
2. Love's My Bag (4:14)
3. Your Friend And Mine (7:22)
4. Untitled (4:30)
5. Play A Song That I Know (3:45)
6. What The World Needs (Is A New Pair Of Socks) (7:30)
7. Virgin's Tale (3:30)
8. A Fate Worse Than Death (4:42)
9. Tell Me Why (1:47)

LP 2 - The Sideways Saga :
10. The Question (1:06)
11. The Answer (2:14)
12. Do The Crab (4:55)
13. Everybody's Walking Sideways (2:42)
14. Trust Me (6:05)
15. Don't Bother Coming Round (3:23)
16. Fly Without Its Wings (10:07)
17. Mama, Did Jesus Wear Make Up? (2:10)
18. Milesago (7:14)

Total time 81:36

Bonus tracks on 2008 CD edition:
1-10 But That's Alright [Single Edit] 3:13
1-11 Some Good Advice [Live At Sunbury 1972] 20:05
1-12 I'll Be Gone [Live At Sunbury 1972] 4:18 2-7 Trust Me [Original Single Version] 3:50
2-8 Going Home [B-Side] 3:27
2-9 Dalmas [Theme] 6:01
2-10 Camel Advert 0:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Rudd / acoustic & electric guitars, recorder, vocals
- Lee Neale / organ, harpsichord, piano, vocals
- Bill Putt / bass
- Ray Arnott / drums, percussion, vocals

- Jeremy Noone / saxophone (4,5,8)
- David Clarke / saxophone (4,8)
- Steve Miller / trombone (4)
- Simon Wettenhall / tuba (8)

Releases information

2xLP Harvest ‎- SHDW 50/51-D (1971, Australia)

CD Black Rose Records ‎- BR 178 (2004, Germany) Remastered
2xCD Aztec Music ‎- AVSCD033 (2008, Australia) Remastered with 7 bonus tracks

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SPECTRUM Milesago ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(28%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(36%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by GruvanDahlman
4 stars Australian prog is not overly reviewed on PA. At least that is my conception. It may be wrong but I might be right. It seems, however, that Spectrum is not one of the most listened to bands on this site. Apart from a very precious few ratings and even fewer written reviews there seems to be little attention given to these proggers from Oz.

I bought myself this album as a christmas present back in 2009. The deluxe Aztec edition, I might add. Now, I am not reviewing that edition, though I strongly advise you to get a hold of it if you can. This review regards the original album as it appeared upon release in 1971.

The first thing to say about this album is that it is very raw and dirty, as far as the production is concerned. It is very heavy in parts, in no small part due to the excellent organ and guitar, of which both are very distorted. This fact makes me really enjoy the album. The rawness, alongside the quite impressive musical vision, gives the album an edge. I could compare it to a more progressive Deep Purple, circa 1970 - 1971. Overall, the musical ability is great. The vocals are heartfelt and gritty and the instrumentation is very well performed.

The songs ranges from rock'n'roll (But that's alright) to ballads (Love's my bag), hard rock (What the world needs now) to soaring progressive rock (Milesago) and all epic prog (The sideways saga). It is a great and somewhat eclectic collection of songs, which despite seeming sort of schizoid at first really merges together nicely.

My favorite track on the album has to be "What the world needs now". The track is driven by this unbelievable organ, distorted and played with such emotion. It starts off with this noise, made by the organ, resembling the noise made by the great Jon Lord on "Lazy" (from Made in Japan). It takes off and becomes this really outstanding song. If you are into organ, this is really a track to check out, as is the entire album.

As with any prog from any country, australian prog has it's own flavor and so has Spectrum. It is like a twisted form of british prog and I cannot point my finger at what it is. I do think, however, that in Spectrum's case it is a question of great musical vision, coupled with a psychedelic-progressive will, all mixed with a dose of "to hell with it all" and a sense of humour. It stands on it's own, majestically so. All in all, this album needs to be discovered by more people.

Review by Warthur
3 stars A double album havering between sophisticated progressive music and bluesy psychedelic pop, Spectrum's Milesago isn't some sort of wildly avant-garde cutting-edge thing; it's more like the product of a band who've listened to the Beatles' last few albums an awful lot and decided to see where they could go by mashing up that sort of compositional approach with early 1970s soft rock and pop developments. From the opening of the album, the vocal harmonies in particular feel like they have a certain Beatles touch to them. The other majorly Beatles-y aspect of the album is that, like the White Album, it's a bit of a sprawling album which can be a little inconsistent and is a bit much to listen through all at once, though it's fun enough in its own way.

Latest members reviews

5 stars By the time Milesago was recorded, Spectrum had already established their 'commercial' alter ego Indelible Murtceps, for which Mike Rudd was obliged to write simpler, more coherent songs. This sharpened his skills, and resulted in a much better material for Spectrum's second album. The first album w ... (read more)

Report this review (#722300) | Posted by sl75 | Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I grew up with this album and have the warmest memories of it as being one of the few Australian Prog albums of the era, certainly in terms of mainstream availability. Very much in the blues-psych-prog style which quite a few Australian bands experimented with, Spectrum's songwriting, Mike Rud ... (read more)

Report this review (#232351) | Posted by porteri | Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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