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2.55 | 14 ratings | 2 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Leave Me Woman (4:28)
2. Rolling Down The Broadway (4:04)
3. Rock Me Baby (3:39)
4. Five More Pennies (12:10)
5. Before You Descend (3:59)
6. Out To The Sea (2:35)
7. Goodbye My Friends (1:38)
8. 521 Seconds Schizophrenic Symphony (8:45)

Total Time 41:18

Line-up / Musicians

- Shigeru Narumo / guitar, acoustic guitar, hammond organ, piano, Moog synthesizer, harpsicord, distorted organ, chelesta, vocal, equalized vocal, harmony, toy instruments, sound effects
- Hiro Tsunoda / drums, percussion, lead vocal, high boosted vocal, harmony, toy instruments, jokes, noise
- Masayoshi Takanaka / bass, bowing guitar, acoustic guitar, vocal, harmony, toy instruments

Releases information

CD USM Japan UPCY6352 (2007)

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FLIED EGG / STRAWBERRY PATH Good Bye Flied Egg ratings distribution

(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (57%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by ozzy_tom
2 stars 3rd and the last album of Shigeru Narumo & Co. (I'm counting the only album as "Strawberry Path" as the first one). For sure this is the weakest one from the "trilogy". Most of progressive rock influences from their last, fantastic record are sadly gone here. What we have here is mostly up-tempo, basic blues/hard rock with screaming vocals and loud electric guitars + not so inspired jamming (especially in 12-minutes "Five More Pennies"). Moreover half of the album (first 4 tracks) was recorded live so sound quality of this material isn't perfect. There are no scratches or clicks but overall sound isn't so clear and percussion seems to create this annoying "hiss" sound. The whole situation doesn't help that 2 songs from this album we already know from better, studio versions ("Leave Me Woman" & "Rolling Down the Broadway"). Another bad thing according to live part of the record: there are completely no keyboards! After "Dr. Siegel's Fried Egg Shooting Machine" I was prepared for more organ/piano-driven music delivered by band' leader. So I was were disappointed after first listen, especially that I've heard Narumo was quite famous for playing both keyboards and guitars simultaneously. Unfortunately not here... Thankfully second part of "Good Bye" has 4 studio tracks (3 on vinyl version), including one brilliant composition... So let's review in details now:

1. "Leave Me Woman" - live version of this song which was previously presented in "When the Raven Has Come to the Earth" album is really nothing special. Typical, early 70' hard rock, very rough. Compared to fantastic studio version which sounds like Deep Purple-inspired heavy prog with roaring organ chops and blasting solo, this version is very dull.

2. "Rolling Down The Broadway" - is probably the best song on concert part of the album. However it doesn't bring anything new to superb version from 1st Flied Egg's LP. The only difference is lack of Hammond solo and lower sound quality.

3. "Rock Me Baby" - 60's-like rock'n'roll with basic guitar riffing and stupid lyrics. Besides it seems that drummer screams his head off to sound as loud as possible. I much prefer him from their last album where his vocal performance was surely better and his voice warmer/deeper. Skip it.

4. "Five More Pennies" - basic hard/blues rock riffing continuation. The only difference that here the song quickly transform into long guitar jamming, later drum solo and...another guitar noodling. In general it's not my cup of tea. A bit tiresome. I expected something much better after I saw duration of this track.

5. "Before You Descend" - first song in studio material part doesn't bring so much improvement in fact. Narumo's keyboards are still absent and overall composition seems to be rather typical hard rock one in the vain of Nazareth but with occasional "spooky" choirs in the background a la Uriah Heep. Still better than anything in 1-4 tracks.

6. "Out To The Sea" - very short (only 2:35 minutes) song with organ (finally!!!) & "weeping" guitar. Very good vocal with discreet background choirs, occasional sparkling piano and everything "swimming" in deep organ waves. It reminds me very much of English band "Cressida" from their debut album. First song which I really like in this album!

7. "Goodbye My Friends" (only on CD version) - very short pop-ballad added to CD version of the album doesn't change a thing here. It lasts less then 2 minutes and include only vocal, drums and some unidentified keyboard (electric piano? organ?). Can't be even compared to ballads from previous album.

8. "521 Seconds Of Schizophrenic Symphony" - and in the end opus magnum of "Good Bye": almost 9 minutes instrumental composition which sounds completely out of place in this album. It's just too good! Truly magnificent piece of art. For me it's one of the best Hammond organ performances I ever listened too. This great instrument leads throughout this epic and until 4 minutes we don't even hear any evident electric guitar sound at all. No need! But heh, I have to admit that when guitar finally kick-in with mind blowing solo it perfectly fits there. There are lots of rhythm and melody changes and beautiful, somehow unexpected moments like symphonic Grand piano solo between 2:30 - 2:51 minute or short, acoustic guitar-only section after previously mentioned electric guitar solo based on powerful organ "breaks". And closing 2 minutes with powerful organ roars & symphonic piano which are finally joined by "crying" electric guitar will surely bring sheer goose bumps all along your spine. This composition clearly shows that this band was capable of creating great progressive rock music. It's a pity they didn't pick up their chances and they finished career with this unsatisfying, unbalanced album.

I really don't know how to summarize this album. Compared to previous one it's surely a big letdown. Whole 1st side is a rather poor, basic blues rock with some jamming guitar exercises here and there. Nothing to be impressed at all. However the second part brings as two pearls: short but lovely "Out To The Sea" & mini-suite masterpiece "521 Seconds Of Schizophrenic Symphony" with breath-taking instrumental performance. But as I said, to dig to them you have to go through 5 rather not interesting songs or lame versions of decent ones ("Leave Me Woman" & "Rolling Down The Broadway").

I can recommend this album to fans of late 60'/early 70' blues based hard rock a la Jimi Hendrix, Cream or Led Zeppelin. And if you have enough patience to wait most of the album for really only one progressive rock masterpiece you can also enjoy having this record.

I thought that 3 stars would be ok for the whole thing, but what kind of rating would I give "When the Raven Has Come to the Earth" then? Album recorded as "Strawberry Path" is much more consistent and enjoyable compared to this one. As a duo they didn't reach the hights of "521 Seconds Of Schizophrenic Symphony" at all, but they were able to produce one, solid record which can be listened with pleasure without skipping. Taking this into consideration I can rate "Good Bye" only with 2,5 stars.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Second and final album from Flied Egg is a bit of a mess. This simply isn't a cohesive musical statement. I'm going to give it 3 stars, mainly because as mentioned by "Ozzy Tom," the final track has to be heard to be believed. What's amazing is that this band could clearly have gone the organ trio ... (read more)

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