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Druid Toward the Sun / Fluid Druid album cover
3.62 | 27 ratings | 7 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Voices
2. Remembering
3. Theme
4. Toward the sun
5. Red carpet for an Autumn
6. Dawn of evening
7. Shangri-la
8. Razor truth
9. Painter's clouds
10. FM 145
11. Nothing but morning
12. Crusade
13. Barnaby
14. Kestrel
15. Left to find
16. The fisherman's friend

Line-up / Musicians

- Neil Brewer / bass
- Dane / guitars, vocals
- Andrew McCrorie-Shand / keyboards
- Cedric Sharpley / drums, percussion

Releases information

Cd. Beat Goes On BGOCD 285

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DRUID Toward the Sun / Fluid Druid ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

DRUID Toward the Sun / Fluid Druid reviews

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Review by loserboy
5 stars Thanks to the fine folks at BGO we can all enjoy these 2 great pieces of prog work at one time. DRUID offer very beautiful and yet sophisticated progressive rock in many ways not unlike YES. DRUID blend complex guitar with symphonic keyboard interplay. Vocals are quite good and fans of the higher pitched male vocal will dig this guy named Dane. Every song is well crafted and offers the listener a nice variety and sound dimension throughout. Remastered version is superb and the speaker seperation is quite good. Highly recommended by this prog lover.
Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Read my review on Towards The Sun to get a radically different opinion of the mother of all clone bands as this really nothing original at all. This is not to say that the music on here is nice to hear but to me , this is rip-off city. I don't mean to ruin the fun of the fans here, but there is an ethical question at stake here, and because of the lack of discernement of some of them, this album might be regarded as a masterpiece whereas it is anything but that : at the most this is a clumsy and careless "tribute"
Review by b_olariu
3 stars 3.5 for sure

Druid was one of the promising bands from mid '70's manageing to release ony two albums and then gone almost unnoticed. The re issue of both album by Beat Goes On in 1995 is good aqusition if you want to have both albums in one packaging.

First album rleased in 1975 named Toward the sun is a good one, with heavy prog moments combined with like Yes arppegios and passages. The voice of Dane shows a great potential somehow forgotten vocalist when we talk about great ones of the '70's. The albums is pretty varied in compostions, from opening heavy prog pieces Voices where the guitar has an importan trole, very strong arrangements on this one, to the last piece Druid make some intristing music here to much time underrated in my opinion. Yes influenced but without that lenghty parts Yes were famous for. Good album , like the druming and the re issue has a crystal sound. 3.5 for this one.

Secod album released one year later in 1976 Fluid to me is their best, even agaian is very low rated and totaly forgotten album from british school. Keeping the same attitude of the previous album, this time Druid manage to come with more intristing ideas , some of the highlights to me are the instrumental a short one FM 145, great piece, Crusade and Kestrel, nice passages, good voice , clean good album. A sincere band that I've always like, maybe they beggin their career quite to late, when the second album apper , the british scene was already preparing for the punk machine to take over the whole market, and for that matter they were restraind to close the chapter to soon disbanding in fall of the 1976 after quite promising first two albums. Aagain 3.5 stars for Druid fluid

Review by VianaProghead
4 stars Review Nº 400

"Toward The Sun/Fluid Druid" is a very special compilation album of Druid. It's an economic package that includes their two studio albums "Toward The Sun" released in 1975 and "Fluid Druid" released in 1976, on only one CD. This is a very interesting compilation because it includes the only two albums of Druid, what will be a very interesting purchase.

The career of the British band Druid began very promising, really, after they had won a young talent competition of the magazine Melody Maker. Shortly thereafter, they were on the front page of this music magazine. In addition to the prize money of £ 500 won by them, this sense of achievement helped the band sign up for EMI. Thus, formally the starting position for Druid as a young band in the field of the progressive rock music was conceivably favorable. So, in 1975, their debut studio album "Toward The Sun" was presented to the public in a release party. Unfortunately, the fact that Druid won the competition by Melody Maker proved that was almost a drawback, as the rest of the music press and some radio stations considered Druid more or less as a pupil of a large magazine and a protégé of a large record label.

Druid is comparable to their compatriots Yes. Sometimes, they were even considered a pure clone of them. In fact, the guitarist and singer Dane has a distinctive falsetto voice. For the most part, he sings even higher than Jon Anderson, whose vocal qualities he doesn't achieve, really. The striking bass by Neil Brewer is obviously inspired by Chris Squire.

As I've already reviewed these two albums previously on Progarchives, in a more extensive way, I'm not going to do it again. So, if you are interested to know, in more detail, what I wrote about them before, I invite you to read those my both reviews. However, in here, I'm going to write something about them in a more short way. So, of course, I'm not going to analyze them track by track, as I made before, but I'm only going to make a global appreciation of both albums.

"Toward The Sun": In my humble opinion, all in all, "Toward The Sun" is a very nice symphonic progressive rock album from the 70's. If you don't have any problem with high vocals and don't deny the right to live in the beautiful tunes of the progressive rock, but above all, if you have no problems with the strong Yes' influence on Druid, "Toward The Sun" could be a real pleasure to listen to. Their music often sounds like a softer and more folk- influenced version of Yes, but their nice, very accomplished and atmospheric sound made up for some of it. Druid belongs somehow to the same league as England and Starcastle. With this album which is dreamy, nostalgic and sad-beautiful, Druid proves an incredible sense of tune that touches. Maybe it's not as original as it should be and it's perhaps a little derivative in places. Still, I like it very much and I really think that it deserves to be heard. Anyone who considers Yes among his favourites and not only expects the band to perform works like "Close To The Edge" or "Gates Of Delirium", should definitely have Druid tested it. Druid proves an incredible sense of tune that touches. It's highly recommended, really.

"Fluid Druid": "Fluid Druid" is a much recommended album, very melodic and beautiful, and a must for all Yes' fans. I think the song writing on "Fluid/Druid" is more varied than on their first one, "Toward The Sun". There's less Mellotron and falsetto-vocals in the arrangements this time, but they managed to keep the warmth and atmosphere in their sound. For me, the last tracks on "Fluid Druid" give me the impression that Druid was desperately searching for their own identity. Thus, the second side of the former LP it seems to me a bit inexperienced. And because of that, despite the album contains some really great tracks the final result isn't very well balanced, really. Although despite some changes on this album, they weren't so terribly drastic. It represents a decent symphonic prog album. If you like the first album, you'll probably like the second one too, but maybe a little less. It's clear that those guys did know how to play their instruments. But their effort to sound different and original didn't succeed here. No track is moving enough to be memorable, really. If you're a devoted fan of symphonic progressive rock fan, I'd suggest starting with "Toward The Sun" and then proceeding to this album if you're eager for more. This album is more limited than many of Yes' albums.

Conclusion: If you like Yes Druid is a nice band to check. Despite the lack of some originality, this English band hasn't got anything to envy to the Masters. The melodies are fantastic, the arrangements are full of dreamy Mellotron layers and the singer has a pleasant high pitched voice and uses it in a tasty way. We have also lots of Rickenbacker from the bass player and a melodic playing from the guitarist. This is particularly evident on "Toward The Sun". Not quite as enjoyable as their debut, "Fluid Druid" is a less pleasant follow-up. Perhaps stung by the "Yes Clones" accusations, the band this time has tried to aim for a more original sounding collection. This they achieved somehow, but the overall effect is less rewarding than its predecessor. Too bad they didn't have recorded any more albums. They had shown some maturing song writing and a third album would probably been even better if everything had gone in the right way.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

Latest members reviews

3 stars I've gotta be frank here, folks: if I didn't love the bass guitar so much, and if Neil Brewer didn't play it like a Chris Squire copycat, I probably wouldn't listen to Druid much anymore. Too much of the music is uninspired, unoriginal, or not exciting. When Dane Stephens sings a bit lower (i.e. ... (read more)

Report this review (#2442133) | Posted by Squire Jaco | Friday, August 28, 2020 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The two only albums on one CD from a band which has been branded as a clone band. A Yes clone, that is. The music here is pretty much down that road, yes. Then again, there is nothing wrong with Yes. Fluid Druid is the best album of their two albums. Although a bit too much lightweight sym ... (read more)

Report this review (#284832) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Friday, June 4, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Druid are a UK quartet from the 70 ties....they made 2 albums (1975/76) and my progmate Leo, gave it to me in 2003. Ive owned them on vinyl back then. So now they´re here on cd' and my expectations are here goes.... Druid are a fantastic mix of Magna Carta and YES.....OH..YES THEY ARE! ... (read more)

Report this review (#27807) | Posted by Tonny Larz | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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