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2.87 | 30 ratings | 5 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Playthings of the wind (3:03)
2. Joinin the crowd (3:42)
3. Delight (2:44)
4. Upside down (4:15)
5. Farewell my friend part 1 (3:21)
6. Farewell my friend part 2 (3:21)
7. Blowin Tiffany (7:23)
8. Fire of my lifetime (5:11)
9. G flat road (5:43)

Total Time: 38:43

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bjoern Christiansen / guitar, vocal
- Bengt Jensen / keyboards
- Svein Gundersen / bass, piano and vocal
- Kjetil Stensvik / drums, vocal

Releases information

Lp. Philips 6317 010 / CD. re-release 1990 Philips 842 970-2

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2.87
(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(30%)
30%
Good, but non-essential (37%)
37%
Collectors/fans only (17%)
17%
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars I have trouble figuring out what a band like this one is doing on such a site. Just some hard rock , very average but not bad also. They were one of the earliest group from Norway along the much proggier Junipher Greene and can be likened to the slightly later Ruphus. But I like Ruphus much better.

Don't get me wrong , this is average rock'n roll and with slight touches of prog mainly through the keyboards. Not much more than that, no matter how you appreciate the group in their other albums. The line up is your standart quartet (KB, guit, bass and drums).

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Posted Thursday, March 04, 2004

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
2 stars I can’t really get into this album as a piece of progressive music, although admittedly there are some trappings of prog in a few of the arrangements, and especially the keyboards. For the most part though, this is just some pretty decent heavy rock that happens to have a keyboardist who appears to have listened to a few ELP albums, although he doesn’t have the talent to pull off a true representation of the style. For one thing he didn’t bother having the two lobes of his brain separated, so he already is at a disadvantage to Keith Emerson.

This was the second of four Aunt Mary albums released by the Norwegian band in the early seventies. Like many of their contemporaries the band featured a blues-based rhythm section, a fairly decent lead guitarist and the aforementioned organ player as well as a pianist who doubled as the band’s bass player. The keyboardist is really the star of the show.

The band reminds me of a few other hard rockers of the same period, most notably Thin Lizzy and to a lesser extent Golden Earring. Tracks like “Joinin' the Crowd” even feature the same kinds of pompous guitar riffs these two and so many other rock bands of the seventies favored.

Elsewhere, such as on “Delight” the band moves into an almost pre-Perry Journey sound but with layered harmonizing background vocals and a really funky keyboard riff that sounds a lot like a Jew’s harp.

The problem with these, and most of the other tracks on the album, is that they are mostly quite short and not developed at all. Except for the straight-ahead rocker “Upside Down”, all the first six tracks are not more than two or three minutes long and quickly fade out before they develop any kind of detail or complexity. If it weren’t for the tastelessly named “Blowin' Tiffany” with its extended keyboard passages this wouldn’t be much more than a sampler.

Of the last two tracks only “G Flat Road” is even remotely memorable, and that one thanks only to the heavy organ once again along with a catchy but mainstream tempo.

This band intrigued me thanks to their relative obscurity and a sampling of their varied and eclectic debut (which has never been reissued on CD except as a 2-for-1 with their third album ‘Janus’). This one isn’t as good though, and I suspect it won’t do much to attract most prog fans. A novelty of Norwegian hard rock maybe, but not much more than a collector’s item for fans of the band. Two stars.

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Posted Friday, June 13, 2008

Review by Marty McFly
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3 stars Huh, majority of reviews here is 2 stars. So here wee have three points of view. Prog, rock and finally, how I personally like it.

Skilled guitar solos, very well played, voice which sounds very bluesy. In fact, I would dare to call this blues rock, at least some parts of it. But this genre is not so favourite here on PA, is it ?By far, I see it as lesser three stars. "Delight" is terrible track, vocals sounds like scratching with nails on blackboard. It's listenable album, but I understand that for its year of birth, it's not progressive at all. In fact I have strong feeling that I heard this music many times. And lyrics aren't some wise-crackng ones too as shown in "Upside Down". Sadly, good guitar work is domain mostly for first two tracks. "Farewell My Friend" shows some keyboards too, but not too much. Second part is better about it. And "Blowin Tiffany's" is probably something like epic here and, to be fair, it is very prog song.

3(-) stars for more of classic rock than prog.

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Posted Thursday, September 03, 2009

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars One of the pioneers of norwegian rock is for sure Aunt Mary. They are considered one of the best from this country and aswell one of the first who explore the hard rock territories with progressive elements. They released 3 albums in early '70's this one is from 1972 named Loaded. I know Aunt Mary for 2 years now and I was quite pleased to have their last two albums. Loaded is a hard rock album with some heavy prog leanings and for sure not an eclectic one as is stated here in the description of the band. Being similar with Jeronimo from Germany same period, Jerusalem or Junipher Greene their country fellows Aunt Mary did agood job on this second effort but nothing over the top, just almost plain hard rock all almost all the pieces. It was a typical album foor that period to combine hard rock with progressive elements, but in this case the progressive elements are only fiew and specially in keyboards department, who are to tell the truth not very adventurous. The album beggin very strong with an instrumental pieces Playthings of the wind, pure hard rock with some excellent guitar work and solid bass lines, one of the best from here for sure, the next piece Joinin the crowd is a bluesy kinda tune up tempo , good piece remind a lot of the old good times in rock music, great piece while nothing complicated here just pleasent . The rest of the pieces are ok, nothining groundbreaking but pleaset all of them. So a good album , far from being an essential listning but with some catchy riffs and solid bass lines and drum chops.3 stars

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4 stars Reading some of the reviews for this truly leaves me concerned as to whether the goal is sometimes to try the first couple of tracks from an album and then report here about how "prog" it is. An excellent album, Aunt Mary's Loaded covers quite a bit of ground. This is certainly a hard rock al ... (read more)

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