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3.30 | 45 ratings | 5 reviews | 18% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Darkside (7:56)
2. Maypole (5:00)
3. Live for Today (8:04)
4. R.C.8. (5:03)
5. The Cat (5:19)
6. Zero Time (6:47)

Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue:
7. In the Sky (4:14)
8. Wasting Your Time (4:56)
9. Could Have Sworn (4:53)
10. Maypole (5:50)

Total Time 58:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Giles / vocals, guitar, producer
- Martin Weaver / guitar
- Ronald Johnson / bass
- Clive Thorneycroft / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Steve Giles (photo)

LP Sis ‎- SR 0102S (1972, UK)
LP Machu Picchu, Ltd. ‎- PICCHU 2 (2013, US) Remastered by Warren Defever
2LP Void Records ‎- VOID60 (2019, US) Extra disc with Live versions, new cover, retitled "Dark Cross The Ages"

CD ProgRock Records ‎- PRR-004-2 (2001, Russia) Remastered
CD Kissing Spell ‎- KSCD 906 (2003, UK) With 4 bonus tracks from 1971
CD Machu Picchu, Ltd. ‎- PICCHU 2 (2013, US)

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DARK Round the Edges ratings distribution

(45 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by GruvanDahlman
2 stars There was a time when all things obscure attracted my mind, due to the fact that albums were mysterious, hailing from the mists of time. There are alot of albums deserving a break, since they never made it in the past, but there are those I find that do serve a purpose of reference point. What do I mean? My point is that some bands made music of progressive nature and poured their ideas into the melting pot and thus created some sort of tapestry. All things may not be great but it can still serve a purpose of being interesting. The only album by Dark is such an example.

I bought "Round the edges" several years ago but the music printed into the CD was not all that great, I found. And still find. It is interesting as a moment in time but not groundbreaking. It is an obscurity whose main value lies in the strife of amateur musicians and the will to produce music. The progress of prog is an equally thrilling thing to examine as listening to all the truly great music of the genre.

The music of Dark is certainly sort of heavy. Do not expect it to be in Sabbath mode. Unfortunately a lot of people throw that comparison around when it comes to describing heavyness. It is true, however, that the music could be described as proto-metal, or something like that, but it has more of a jam feeling to it, a jam performed by less competent musicians than the guys in Sabbath. That however is not te reason as to why I find the music less interesting. The overall feel to the music is one of forced, that the music is really not all that thought through. It is a private pressing, so the sound and time spent on recording certainly contributes to the end result. One has to bear that in mind.

I would not really recommend this album to any one in particular. It is obscure and interesting as an image of a time long gone but it really is too amateurish, I think. That need not mean that the music lacks in true power or worth. In this case, however, it makes the end result poor. Not that good but interesting. Sort of.

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4 stars Few things in the world match the charm of legends; ancient stories, mostly handed down orally, which manage to capture the listener's imagination with extreme ease, thanks to their indefinite origins and to that peculiar way of being perpetually poised between the concrete and the abstract, rea ... (read more)

Report this review (#2588275) | Posted by prog_traveller!! | Monday, August 23, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Dark was an obscure band that can be categorized as one of the progressive hard-rock hidden gems of the early 70's. Far from commercial melody and straightforward compositional structure, we have a loose jam-like music with distinguished distorted guitars, solid vocals, busy drums and pulsating ... (read more)

Report this review (#2583910) | Posted by sgtpepper | Thursday, August 5, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars DARK were a short-lived British Psychedelic Rock band based in Northampton, who released just one album before splitting up and going their separate ways. Their super-rare "Round the Edges" (1971) album has now become a real collectors item as there were apparently only sixty private pressings m ... (read more)

Report this review (#2302580) | Posted by Psychedelic Paul | Monday, December 30, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The obscure album by Dark, "Dark Round the Edges" has been both praised and maligned by critics over the years since it's very limited private pressing over 40 years ago. While not all that progressive, it does feature progressive moments, but a more accurate description would be a prog-leaning, ... (read more)

Report this review (#1514945) | Posted by Igor91 | Tuesday, January 19, 2016 | Review Permanlink

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