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Studio Album, released in 1969

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Futilist's Lament (5:17)
2. Death Warmed Up (9:08)
3. Pushed, But Not Forgotten (4:43)
4. Walkin Down Their Outlook (4:58)
5. Missing Out (9:38)
6. Nowhere (5:54)

Bonus tracks on 2006 remastered edition:
7. The Great Universal Protection Racket (11:24)
8. Dilemma (5:14)
9. Death Warmed Up (demo) (7:35)
10. Pushed, But Not Forgotten (demo) (4:01)
11. Time Gauges (6:24)

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Line-up / Musicians

- Roger Hadden / drums
- Tony Hill / guitar, vocals
- Simon House / violin, programming, piano
- Peter Pavli / bass

Releases information

LP Liberty LBS 83264 / LP Liberty LST 7638 / LP Psycho LP 26 (1984) / CD Repertoire Records (1994) / CD Eclectic Discs (2006) with bonus tracks.

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3.80
(159 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
35%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
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Review by hdfisch
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4 stars It's most probably true that SEA SHANTIES was the very first Prog-Metal album. Actually before 1970 I can recall only bands like DEEP PURPLE, CREAM or BLUE CHEER, but none of them playing that heavy nor progressive in a way. MC5's "Kick Out The Jams" from the same year was probably the very first Metal album in general, but they didn't play progressive at all. Nevertheless just for that reason alone I'm hesitating to call it a masterpiece.

Futilist's Lament and Death Warmed Up are really a true devil's ride with extremely amped guitar and violin. At times HAWKWIND is coming to my mind. Quite heavy stuff, but for my ears and listening habits becoming a bit too monotonous and noisy after a while (the same problem I have with the heavy stuff of the mentioned band). A rather huge contrast when third track Pushed, But Not Forgotten is starting even very mellow, soon after amps are switched on again, but on this one the music is much different from before and of much bigger quality and versatility. Especially here and as well in Walkin Down Their Outlook in the more quiet sections Tony Hill's vocals remind very much to those of Jim Morrison. The violin is sounding in these and in the following tracks much better and less distorted than in the first two. Missing Out reminds a bit to CREAM at least in the beginning before violin comes in. The longest track of the album is a very heavy and very interesting versatile one as well. Nowhere is a bit less heavy featuring again nice vocals reminiscent of THE DOORS.

HIGH TIDE's debut is for sure one of the best Proto-Prog albums released. Maybe I wouldn't call it necessarily a masterpiece, since I'm usually careful with my 5- stars ratings, but anyway together with their second one

an excellent addition to any prog collection!

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Posted Thursday, June 09, 2005

Review by Philrod
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4 stars High Tide is completely ahead of its time. On their first album, Sea Chanties, they combine their fokish influences with a more harsh, aggressive sound. Sometimes souding jazzy, and really one of the first, if not the first prog-metal album.

The key here is the battle, the rivalry between the electric guitar of Tony Hill and the excellent playing of Simon House on his electric violin.

From the first second we feel something is ahead of its time. A huge guitar riff starts off the album, and the great rythm section soon come along. The violin adds up to the unique sound and forms a melodic mess.

Throughout the album, there are a lot of ecellent guitar moment and as many violin ones. Diverse, but always true to their roots, High Tide delivers. The only problem may be the vocals, wich do not fit with the intensity of the music.

Still, this is heavy stuf for the time and still today, it sounds like a ton of brick. Sensible ears stay away! A band to discover. 4.5/5

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Posted Saturday, August 20, 2005

Review by Sean Trane
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3 stars High Tide's debut album is one that oozes myths and mysteries , but I find it quite over- rated. We are dealing with a fairly progressive hard-rock Blue Cheer style, but it does lack a few qualities.

For one , the sound: nowadays , it would fit in a lo-fi category, but back then , the production was shoddy , poor and non-existant. It is also relatively hard to tell which is the guitar , which is the violin as the sound is simply muddy!

Two: the few songs that are over-loaded with riffs , not always very refined. Only on Death Warmed Up (instrumental as the singing on other tracks is relatively bland) and Pushed But Not Forgotten manage to stand out.

I do believe that this would've been a much better album had this the required proper production. Things will be corrected with their much better second album. Please note that the arwork sleeve is designed by Paul Whitehead og Genesis and VDGG fame.

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Posted Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Review by Raff
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4 stars Called by some a masterpiece of proto-prog-metal, "Sea Shanties" is somewhat rougher around the edges than its follow-up, "High Tide". Nevertheless, it is undeniably miles ahead of its time: a powerful, haunting wall of sound which is only let down by poor production values, all too revealing of the 37 years that have passed since the album's release. Strangely enough, though, the muddy sound quality adds to this record's almost sinister fascination - as well as the disturbing, distinctly gothic sleeve, possibly inspired by Coleridge's marvellous "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner".

The band's psychedelic roots are quite evident throughout the album, especially in Tony Hill's Morrison-influenced vocals and heavy, distorted riffing. What is really distinctive in High Tide's sound, though, is the presence of Simon House's electric violin, adding at times a touch of lyricism to the overall darkness of the compositions, at other times becoming as obsessively strident as its sparring partner, the guitar. As a matter of fact, the album's highlight features a 9-minute long duel between guitar and violin: the monumental "Death Warmed Up" is without any doubt one of the best instrumentals ever written, a driving, exhilarating tour de force which would be deserving of much greater fame.

This album is not for the faint-hearted, as its brooding atmosphere and fiercely distorted sounds can be heavy going for those who are more used to classic, symphonic prog. I also find the first part of the album better than the second, which tends to drag down a bit after a while - this is one of the things that prevented me from giving "Sea Shanties" five stars. In any case, "Death Warmed Up" is worth the price of the record alone. Enjoy the ride.

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Posted Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Review by Joolz
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3 stars High Tide were formed in 1969 as a vehicle for Tony Hill's psychedelic explorations. It is thus appropriate that his strong guitar playing is both the backbone and dominant voice on Sea Shanties, full of long passages of heavy riffing and impressive improvisational soloing overflowing with inventive ideas. By contrast, Simon House is a mere shadow of his later self. When he shines, his violin is as mellifluous as ever, but much of the time is spent attempting to emulate Hill's guitar instead of playing to his own strengths, especially on the first pair of tracks.

It is distortion, applied as a deliberate artistic ploy to guitar and violin, that initially grabs the listener's attention. Vast fistfuls of it! Which exacerbates a poor definition of bass and drums, though strangely enhancing some instrumental passages to create a more spacey/trippy feel unaided by keyboards. Another overriding initial impression is of weight - as in heavy, particularly on the first two tracks. These stand out as rough and raw precursors to metal or grunge.

Overall, the material here is an amalgam of songs, improvised soloing and heavy riffing, seemlessly combined in a satisfyingly organic manner. Unlike their second album, the musical elements flow naturally to form homogeneous compositions whose weakest link is the core songs. Generally, they are not the most memorable melodies and Hill's unintelligible vocals fail to carry them over the dominant instruments.

Futilist's Lament sets out their stall, loud and heavy with some lovely guitar work from Hill amidst swathes of distortion, but only an average song. Death Warmed Up is more of the same but without any vocals - just loud-'n'-proud riffing for nine minutes and some manic wah-wah guitar. Excellent interplay between House and Hill on this one.

Pushed But Not Forgotten finally brings some relief from the onslaught. Beginning as a quiet and delicate late '60s psychedelic lounge song for a minute or so before the inevitable distorted guitar bursts forth, it alternates soft and gentle vocal passages with louder aggressive instrumental sections. House begins to find his voice here, reaching a peak on Walking Down Their Outlook where his violin leads the way with sympathetic support from Hill. This is easily the best track on the album - despite a (short) drum solo - a spritely song with a tricksy tune that Hill doesn't quite nail.

Another change of tack for the final two tracks, introducing a slightly bluesy element to the mix [and, curiously, the guitar and violin swap channels for these two songs]. The uninspired Missing Out becomes boring by half distance, its cause not aided by Hill's disjointed improvising during the second half. Despite a nice little violin riff around the 4:30 mark, Nowhere is an unmemorable song, poorly sung and with an unsympathetic overpowering arrangement. Sadly, a weak ending to an otherwise good album.

Sea Shanties is an interesting document of an altogether simpler age when an overloaded amp, a wah-wah peddle and lots of imagination was all you needed. I cannot be sure, but I suspect it was recorded live-in-the-studio with overdubs limited to vocals. Clearly Hill's top-drawer guitar work is its main attraction, but overall there are too many weaknesses to give it a strong recommendation.

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Review by Atavachron
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3 stars Spewing lush but roughly-rendered heavy psychedelics and tons of personality, High Tide rocked the paisley scene in 1969 with low-fi sludge and macho abandon, producing this small but rich and flavorful LP. A screaming breech-birth of a record, this debut won't impress everyone at first. Maybe because it sounds like a lumbering band of drunken criminals looking for trouble, led by the sardonic Tony Hill on guitar and vocals with a Jim Morrison baritone and world-weary swagger. But there is more going on here than evident at first glance including moments of folk, neo-classical, and a bit of rustic bread hidden under the hard crust. Some think this is the earliest form of heavy progressive rock, and I think they might be right. Whether or not High Tide made a big impact on prog as we know it is not important here. The music, however, is.

The killer fuzz riff of 'Futilist's Lament' starts things strong with Hill's creamy metal foam and Simon House's haunted keys. House's fiddle highlights the second cut, the melodic and weird 'Death Warmed Up', sounding much like its title and clocking in at over nine minutes. Here is where the progressive part of this band begins to show, with interesting lines and harmonics between the dirt and electric kool-aid, peeking out before being thrown back in the mix. The troubled and introspective 'Pushed, But Not Forgotten' starts and stops with cold fingernails on your back, while 'Walking Down Their Outlook' features surprising precision and clever arranging. The most progressive and emotionally complex track, 'Missing Out', is a brazen attempt at intricacy and the raw fusing of musics never meant to meet, let alone marry in a country barn with a bunch of crazed heavy bluesmen out to rock hard and party harder. 'Nowhere' finishes the show with great cowbell clang, concluding what appears to be the early cries of a new music. Additionally, some fascinating extras include 'The Great Universal Protection Racket', an 11- minute epic of full-blown prog/psych inexplicably left off the original LP that features aggressive metallic guitar harmonies and shifting rhythms, followed by the off-kilter 'Dilemma'. In 2006 Eclectic Discs offered a remaster of this vital slice of hard-hitting proto prog, and it is well worh it.

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars I am amazed that this was released in 1969, I mean there's a lot of Metal on this record. It's that relentless attack of guitar and violin (often distorted) that drew me in immediately but the poor production and sound quality quickly took away my enthusiasm. It got to the point where the guitar and violin seemed to clash, and just became noise instead of music to my ears.I have to say the vocals were a real treat though, he sounds so much like Jim Morrison, but the vocals are one of the highlights for me.

"Futilist's Lament" features heavy guitar right off the bat as vocals come in. Violin before 5 minutes from Simon House who deserves special mention as he would go on to play for HAWKWIND for many years. "Death Warmed Up" is an instrumental and the guitar / violin interplay is fantastic ! Scorching guitar and violin melodies continue as the drums pound away. They really seem like they are just jamming here.

"Pushed But Not Forgotten" is the only song that has some lighter sounds along with reserved vocals. Although outbreaks of guitar follow and this contrast continues. "Walkin Down Their Outlook" has more of those great vocals as guitar and violin follow. I wish the sound quality was better although the soundscape 4 minutes in is terrific. "Missing Out" opens with a vocal line that is answered by the guitar. Violin comes in later this time. "Nowhere" is where i've tired from the guitar and violin clashes and prefer the vocals that start before 2 minutes.The "noise" is just taking away from the vocals for me at this point.

This is still a really good album that deserves 3 stars. Worth checking out for historical reasons as well.

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Posted Friday, September 07, 2007

Review by ClemofNazareth
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4 stars This was a band so far ahead of their time that except for the tepid sixties studio production this album doesn’t really seem all that dated even today. Not your typical proto-prog band, but undoubtedly there are a couple of generations of heavy metal and psych rockers these guys managed to have an influence on nonetheless.

This has got to be the heaviest album I’ve ever heard that was recorded before about 1971. Not only that, this is one of the earliest albums I know of that prominently featured electric violin, and in a leading role no less. As heavy as MC5 but with the creative musical sensibilities of the best psychedelic bands of their day (The United States of America comes immediately to mind), High Tide just flat-out rock on this, their debut release.

The influence of Jim Morrison is apparent in Tony Hill’s vocals, or maybe that’s just what all acid-soused heavy rock singers sounded like back then. And clearly these guys were partaking of copious amounts of recreational stimulants judging from the out-of-control guitar improvisation and almost surly violin wailing that dominate the first couple of tracks. Drummer Roger Hadden seems completely unrestrained and drives at mach speed between rock and jazz rhythms effortlessly.

By the third track “Pushed, but not Forgotten” the band slows up just ever so slightly, but only for the first minute or so before launching into a series of thrashing bleats followed by mellow violin and more mumbling ala the Lizard King. This is the one track that easily confirms the band was attempting to piece together more than simply fuzz and poppies with this album.

“Walking Down their Outlook” is similar, but here Hill tries some weird shouting to offset the catatonic vocal dirges he has offered up to this point. The violin here manages to take on a bit of a folkish tone although it doesn’t give an inch in intensity. More of the same on “Missing Out” except that this one jams on for nearly ten minutes which is largely filled with pure improvisational jamming by Tony Hill and bassist Peter Pavli.

The closing “Nowhere” almost sounds like a proto-Cure tune once the opening blast of guitar fuzz fades a bit. Well, the Cure on acid that is.

The band would fold a year after this release and following their second studio album. Drummer Roger Hadden became a Syd Barrett-like casualty of a fragile psyche and too much acid and has spent the past thirty-seven years in a mental institution, while the rest of the band went on to other endeavors including stints with label-mates Hawkwind, Deep Fix and Third Ear Band. Violinist Simon House would also play on several David Bowie, Thomas Dolby and Mike Oldfield albums (among others), and House and Hill both managed to release albums under their own names as well. The two of them would reform the band as a duo in the late eighties and release another (much more mellow) album with digital drums tracks, but for the most part the spirit of High Tide died shortly after this and their second album released.

A true original that paved a new path in heavy metal of the progressive kind, way before most other metalheads had figured this stuff out. Four stars and recommended as a history lesson for all metal fans who’ve come along since.

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Posted Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Review by UMUR
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4 stars Sea Shanties is the debut album from High Tide. It was released in 1969 and itīs a very heavy album considering it was released back then. Many people have stated that High Tide is heavier than Black Sabbath but this is not true IMO.

The music is influenced by some of the heavier late sixties groups like Iron Butterfly, Cream and Hendrix. There is a general dark atmosphere to Sea Shanties which is really great and not something you heard very often back then. High Tideīs Sea Shanties reminds me of another album from that time which was also pretty raw and thatīs T2īs It'll All Work Out In Boomland. There is also a clear The Doors influence here. Especially in the mood of the vocals.

The first song Futilist's Lament has clear Cream influences in the heavy guitar while the long instrumental second song Death Warmed Up starts with a clear Zappa influence ( Hot Rats, Chungaīs Revenge) but turns more into a Hendrix like guitar jam, with lots of wah wah and heavy abuse of distortion. Itīs a great song. The third song Pushed, But Not Forgotten alternates between subtle vocal parts with violin, wah wah guitar parts without distortion and sudden outburst of noisy distorted guitar. The singing is great in this song.

Walkin Down Their Outlook is maybe the most progressive track here. Lots of dark violin and fast guitar runs. Itīs generally a very heavy song. The vocals are good in this song. Missing Out is one long psychadelic jamming song with some distorted stoned vocals and simultanious guitar and violin soloing. This is great and never gets boring. Nowhere is the last song on the original LP and itīs a great song. The intro has again excellent guitar and violin runs while the vocal parts has a very The Doors like quality.

There are a couple of bonus tracks on the CD release but I havenīt heard them so they will not be reflected in my rating. I must get the CD release when I get the chance so I can hear those extra tracks someday.

The musicianship is great. Itīs one of those albums where you can hear that everyone is enjoying his part. They are simply on fire.

The sound quality is really great. Very heavy and dark yet everything is clear in the mix. A really excellent achivement.

I have been pleasently surprised by Sea Shanties. I thought I was going to listen to yet another psychadelic late sixties band but got so much more. This album is dark and intriguing and much more progressive than any of the aforementioned bands. If you like dark and heavy late sixties psychadelic rock this is definiely your thing. I think this is a sure 4 star album. It falls just short of a masterpiece IMO, but itīs not far from a 5 star rating in my book.

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Posted Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Review by The Whistler
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4 stars High Tide has often been cited as being "Iron Butterfly with Jim Morrison as the frontman," or, "proto-mid seventies King Crimson." Both these descriptions are interesting for sure, and are guaranteed to spark some images of what the band's sound is like. But neither could possibly hint at what High Tide is actually about...

Okay, actually, they do hint very nicely. High Tide as basically the masterful combination of guitar and violin (in this case, Tony Hill and Simon House respectively), played with as much heaviness and gloom as poor lil' 1969 could muster. In fact, taking into account when it was recorded, Sea Shanties might actually be THE heaviest album ever recorded. Fancy that! And even if you don't agree, you'll have to agree with the various learned men with tall foreheads and too much time on their hands that Shanties is some kind of an out of place mutant hybrid, a bastard father to progressive metal, Goth rock and Larks Tongues in Aspic all in one package.

Case in point: we open the album with "Futilist's Lament." The lyrics pretty much sum up what the title says: we're all screwed, and we're gonna die, sung in a fantastic Morrison style deadpan by Hill. But it ain't the lyrics; it's the riffage that counts. There's a huge, HUGE riff, smashing through your speakers, and it's only augmented by something that was PROBABLY a violin at some point, but now just sounds EVEN HEAVIER THAN THE GUITAR! AWESOME! But don't think that House's instrument is a blundering club; the interplay between Hill and House in the midsection proves otherwise.

But my bet for best track is the unstoppable nine minute instrumental "Death Warmed Up," a sprawling, swarming, riff and solo fest for Hill. House won't let him have all the fun though, and the best parts of the instrumental occur when the two musicians match each other note for note, with the guitar and violin swapping spots in your speaker until you honestly CAN'T tell the difference between the two. The rhythm is tight, the riffs are ever changing, and it's only at the end that it gets monotonous. But you know what? I don't care!

Nothing on the album is ever quite that heavy (hell, nothing in their career was), but sit tight, the fun isn't over yet. "Pushed, But Not Forgotten" introduces us to a slightly softer side of High Tide, with a pleasant violin and vocal led melody that's reminiscent of early King Crimson...until it takes a turn for the violent mid way through. "Walking Down Their Outlook" is another "heavy ballad," much more Doorsy than Crimsonian, with some excellent classical riffage at the center (an excellent spot for House), and a nicely eerie ending.

"Missing Out" is another nine minute monster, although nowhere near "Death's" entertainment value. Still, it IS an interesting track; it seems to be one of those blues epics I like to talk about so much. Hill drops the Morrison deadpan in favor of a bizarre cross between Roger Waters and Peter Hammill. Additionally, it's probably the only track that actually gets to me timewise. I mean, it ain't BAD; there's ample blues riffage and improv, but there's a drum solo in it fer goshsakes! Yes, a small one, but it's there.

In the end, "Missing" slides flawlessly into closer "Nowhere," another nicely played Goth rocker, with excellent riffage. The lyrics are slightly more interesting this time around, and there's more interesting guitar/violin interplay. A good ending that sums up the album pretty nicely.

High Tide is more than an original curio, or a cute entertainment. It's a good album! Anyone who counts himself as a fan of the mid-seventies Crimso lineup will do himself a favor by checking them out. In fact, I'd go as far as to wager that Hill and House are a better pairing than Fripp and Cross. Okay, so maybe they don't have QUITE as many tricks in their respective books, and certainly Crimso had four virtuosos rather than High Tide's two, but Hill and House are much, much better at playing off each other's strengths and weaknesses.

So we're set from a musical point of view (the mix is a little crumby, if you care, but this ain't a Motorhead bootleg or anything). The lyrics are...not terribly impressive. Hill can't be accused of real poetry, but on the other hand, he can't be accused to lame imagery. The lyrics aren't hard hitting, but they're very far from pedestrian "evil" lyrics, I'm happy to say. The delivery may be similar, but High Tide won't suck you in with a Morrisonian lyrical approach. However, if you let the swirling, bleak, watery atmosphere surround you, you just might be hooked.

I must warn you: nothing you hear will prepare you for High Tide. It is certainly heavier and darker than Iron Butterfly, the Doors and King Crimson would dare to probe at this point. It's also pretty darn monotonous. Heavy, dark jams are the word(s) of the day, and if you aren't prepared for that...well then, you're just going to hate this band's guts. But that's really not a very wise thing to do.

High Tide are not the world's most underrated band, but they have a special place in my heart at least. Largely because they're loud. And depressing. And that's pretty darn cool in my book.

(HEY! Sea Shanties comes with BONUS TRACKS!!! Now, before you run off screaming in the night questioning God why, I suggest that you take a listen to these things. “The Great Universal Protection Racket” is an epic instrumental that managed to evolve into something else pointless every couple of months (I think it ended up becoming “Saneonymous,” believe it or not). But, for the moment, it’s an epic alright, and not just because of the length; “Protection Racket” spans the stylistic gamut from the standard heavy Goth, jazz freakouts, and calm-before-the-storm-folk you’d expect from the band, but also verges into proto-metal with an Asian twist (!) and, get this, pop songs (!!!). None of this would matter, of course, except that some of the riffs are pretty choice (the ominous opener and that Asian riff, for instance). Repetitive? Sure, but is High Tide we’re talking about. “Dilemma” is a gloomy rocker that alternates between furious, heavy riffage and gentle, almost pleasant, vocal melody. May not be the best thing the band ever produced, but it’s sure as hell interesting. Best bonus. The early version of “Death Warmed Up” is not as long or as heavy or as internally propped up as the album version, but it IS faster. So fast, in fact, that the rhythm section struggles to keep up sometimes (especially the drummer). Pity that. “Pushed, But Not Forgotten” follows suit, but perhaps more obvious; a little more rushed sounding, and probably a studio run through, given the overall quality. Oh, and, Tony Hill’s vocals are more pronounced this time. Maybe not the best thing in the world. “Time Gauges” is another heavy-instrumental-alternating-with-gentle-folksy-stuff, this one sounding much more like it would become something on the later album (High Tide). A tad messy. Still, if you liked the band’s sound on the first album, and want more Goth meets heavy blues meets Crimsonian priggish-ness, only this time with some extra pop and other weird stuff tossed in, plus get to hear Tony’s voice sound higher and whinier, then this is your set of bonus tracks! Otherwise, this ain’t makin’ no converts. No rating change.)

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Posted Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Review by russellk
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2 stars Sometimes first is not best.

There are those who suggest that 'Sea Shanties' is the very first prog-metal record. If that's so, we've come a very long way, for there's precious little prog here at all, and virtually no metal. Instead, the album is a heavy psych/blues record a la BLUE CHEER filled with great riffs and extended guitar/violin jams, akin to much similar material released at about the same time. What marks it out is TONY HILL's excellent guitar work and the dreadful vocals of - er - TONY HILL (listen to how he murders the album's third track). The nett effect of the combination of raucous, grinding guitar and insipid, LATIMER-like vocals is like listening to the bastard child of CAMEL and early BLACK SABBATH, with JIMI HENDRIX as midwife. Though it's often hard to tell, so poor is the sound quality.

As for the choicest cuts, the first two tracks tell you everything you need to know. 'Futilist's Lament' is hard and heavy, and 'Death Warmed Up' is a protracted jam. That's it: apart from a softer track (Pushed but Not Forgotten) you've heard everything this band has to offer after two tracks. As for the myth of this album being the 'heaviest' around, it's laughable. The guitar is distorted, yes. But 'heavy' music is far more than a distorted guitar. It's about a spirit of aggression, and this has none. I've got a copy of THE HUMAN INSTINCT's second album, 'Stoned Guitar', an average album from an obscure New Zealand band, and it sounds much like this - as do many, many albums of the era. And just like 'Stoned Guitar', 'Sea Shanties' has not dated well.

Not the best, and not really even the first. For the best in heavy prog, shop elsewhere.

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Posted Thursday, October 02, 2008

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars When you consider that this album was released almost forty years ago, you have to admit that it was rather a special recording back then. Still, it was almost unnoticed as well.

This is heavy rock for sure, but not as gloomy and heavy that the first Sabbath album (as Umur has already mentioned). There is one very special element which conveys a great feeling overall: the use of the violin which is quite astonishing for a band that plays so loud a music.

Therefore, there is a definite prog touch which was completely alien to Sabbath debut for instance. The fantastic Futilist's Lament is a great example: it is not only hard/heavy. The duet guitar/violin works excessively well.

Production is very poor and this can be noticed during the long instrumental Death Warmed Up. It sounds a bit too much as a cacophony to be honest. But not all songs are like this one.

Walking Down Their Outlook has a definite Doors sound (especially vocals), but what is really making the difference is the brilliant violin work from Simon House. He is a trademark on his own to be honest.

Heavy bluesy psychedelia is available as well with Missing Out. These guys have definitely listened to Cream and let's remember that by then, Led Zep had already broken the charts. The longest song from Sea Shanties is a plea for heavy music: the drumming is awesome and what to say about the incredible guitar work which is present almost during these ten minutes of great rock music.

It is quite close of the great guitar parts of Alvin Lee (Ten Years After). Since I'm found of this band, I can only applaud to such a performance. It is my favourite song of this album.

The closing number also has this vocal link with The Doors. It is another bluesy influenced track which turns out into a pure and very good rock song. Little by little, the guitar has taken the lead role and the violin is almost non existing by now.

This album has been remastered in 2006 and might well be worth since it is also extended with several bonus tracks.

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Posted Friday, October 17, 2008

Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars And you know what, when listening this, description "metal", heavy metal probably appeared in my mind too. It simply seems, sounds exactly as these proto, "pre" bands that helped to create it, keeping people warm and ready for this style.

And this is something that I imagine when talking about late 60's and their rock music. Rush of a blood to the head indeed, this is ecstasy of sound and furiosity. Never ending party, head-bang here and there, just rock and literally like a rolling stone, only in harder and much heavier style.

Whew, it's simply perfect in many ways of this word. I can see one, so far only one disadvantage - guitars here are sometimes too drastic, tyrannous to my ears. But hell, I can deal with it easily, I already did, this feeling is mostly (mostly) something from past listens. So even this can little bit remind their later album "...Gates", this performance done with guitars (wild solos and riffs) is better for me. It's incorporating much more elements. And you know, simply it's interesting and also promising album.

4(+), great late 60's almost prog album.

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Review by stefro
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4 stars A crushingly-heavy debut, High Tide's 'Sea Shanties' was the first of two albums from this most uncompromising of British heavy progressive rock groups. Released in 1969, 'Sea Shanties' was a primal blast of underground proto-metal adorned with future-Hawkwind member Simon House's distinctive violins and a large helping of progressive instrumentality. A second, self- titled album followed a couple of years later, but it failed to emulate it's predecessor(though commercially at least, it did) and High Tide called it a day until a surprise comeback album in 1989 called 'Interesting Times'. However, despite their failure to break the big-time, High Tide will always be remembered for the excellent 'Sea Shanties', an album so powerful it sounds like it could turn buildings into rubble if you played it too loud. Stand out tracks include the grimy opener 'Futilist's Lament', the epic, foundation-shaking 'Death Warmed Up' and the equally- abrasive 'Missing Out'. Fans of metal old-and-new will find much to admire. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010

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Posted Friday, August 20, 2010

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars Light years ahead of their time, High Tide present the birth of prog metal.

The first sound that emanates from this colossal album is a grungy sludge guitar riff, very distorted and fuzzy. It almost sounds grunge and this is back in 1969! It begins with the lo-fi crunching psychedelic metal of 'Futilist's Lament'. The band announce that this is going to be a heavy psych prog experience. High Tide are Roger Hadden on drums, Tony Hill on guitar, vocals, Simon House on violin, piano, and Peter Pavli on bass. They are one of the loudest, heaviest bands of the late 60s and must have been a major influence to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath and reminds me of Blue Cheer meets Hawkwind. The metal riffs are almost like Black Sabbath in places and the wah wah guitar reminds us we are in the psychedelic 60s. This is a sensational track that must be heard over and over with the amps on 11.

'Death Warmed Up' is a 9 minute hard rocking instrumental with blazing guitars and a manic violin that assassinates the grunge vibe to make way for a progressive heavy sound. The twin guitar lead break is spacey and locks in on a repetitive riff. It is rather lengthy for a loud, proud, and endowed band, but it works in a hypnotic sense, similar to the sonic jamming attack of Hawkwind.

'Pushed, But Not Forgotten' is a slow ballad with quiet violin and guitar and a gentle vocal. But only or about a minute. It breaks out into a loud guitar solo and a heavier beat with some excellent guitar riffs. Then it settles back to a serene atmosphere with restrained music lulling you off to sleep. But now we are on edge wondering when it will break out again. Sure enough the amps get turned up again and the distorted guitar cracks the peace in half with admirable ferocity.

'Walking Down Their Outlook' begins immediately with moderate vocals and steady beat. Then there is a wonderful guitar lick using scaled notes up the frets. The spacey section follows and ascends until another screaming guitar passage. The way the song breaks and changes constantly is quite an original approach given the date this was released. The section that begins at 2:40 is one of the great instrumental breaks, howling guitars, folk violins and keyboard augmentations. The cadence escalates into a hypno-groove with folk metal motorvating along on a strong beat. Then a minimalist violin takes over to finish the track. Wonderful heavy prog.

'Missing Out' is another lengthy 9 minute track, with very complex fugue motifs emblazoned over intricate guitar notes constantly played. The violin is always present slicing back and forth and the estranged vocals of Tony Hill. What a sensational sound High Tide are able to create with these instruments, almost like a metal version of Comus. At 3:50 there is a fantastic violin and lead guitar solo with instruments trading off to the wild percussion. The lyrics are hard to decipher but a lot of it sounds improvised such as "Oh, my soul is going down, and I'm ready." This finishes with an attacking drum solo and an extended outro.

'Nowhere' closes the album with a terrific violin and guitar solo at the start. The violin and guitar battle it out for supremacy for a while, neither winning the contest, and then the lead guitar takes over with prog time changes and is joined by a descending flurry of violin notes. It slows in tempo and Hill's low vocals return; "marking time and shutting out each warming smile, what shall be the go between they laugh and cry, effigies of souls are seen to come and go, moving through the mists of fear , they come to know." The dark lyrics fit in perfectly with the moody atmospheric music.

The conclusion is that this album is one of those rare treasures unearthed from the tomb of obscurity, hardly making an impact until now, and the listener will be enthralled that "Sea Shanties" finally has seen the light of day.

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Posted Friday, January 06, 2012

Review by Nightfly
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3 stars Imagine mixng early Sabbath with a less complex version of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and add a strong late sixties psych vibe. Mix it all together and you end up with High Tide, one of the lesser known bands (but highly respected amongst a small group of followers for being ahead of their time) of the late sixties and early seventies UK underground rock scene.

Whilst Sea Shanties is clearly of its time it stands up pretty well, being regarded as a proto- metal album due to Tony Hill's dense and heavy riffing. Whilst it doesn't really sound like the Mahavishnu Orchestra I was reminded of them due to the unusual, for the time at least, inclusion of violin in the line-up played by Simon House, which shares equal footing with Hill's heavy guitar work. Though less complex it's played with similar gusto as Jerry Goodman's playing (Mahavishnu Orchestra) and there are some truly exhilarating moments on display here, notably the long instrumental workout on Death Warmed Up. This is when the band is at their best with the nine minute Missing Out being another highlight.

Though the production is dated due to the strength and originality of much of the material it clears this hurdle easily. There's the occasional lapse into mediocrity such as album closer Nowhere which makes it less than essential. Nevertheless, High Tide deserves credit for an innovative release and should be at least heard by anyone with even the slightest interest in late 60's UK rock music. 3 ― stars.

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Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Review by octopus-4
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4 stars Sea Shanties ROCKS !! Take the distortion even if not the wah-wah of Jimi Hendrix, melodies which have probably influenced the Gentle Giant to come, a distorted violin in the standard lineup as would be later used by Curved Air and a very hard rock, harder than anything on the first Uriah Heep or Deep Purple albums. It's acid but far from psychedelia, light years out of the west coast acid bands of the period. In one word: seminal.

Many people speaks of this band as proto prog-metal, but both prog and metal were actually words with no sense in music as Sea Shanties was released in 1969, the year of Woodstock, about two years before In The Court Of Crimson King which is by most considered the first progressive album of the history.

I think that this album is seminal not only for progressive metal. Yes, it's very hard, but there are unusual signatures: listen to Death Warmed Up and tell me how many different signatures it has. There are acid dissonances but with nothing in common with things like blues revival or British psych. When it becomes repetitive it can be thought as a precursor of Krautrock, too.

And the amazing thing is that this band doesn't go too out of the actual boundaries. People used to the epoch's rock would surely classify the High Tide as one of the bands of these times. It's only today that we can spot how many ideas in the music, the songwriting, the solos and the sound have been reused by more lucky and famous bands.

It's dated, of course. The production is surely everything but excellent and the high guitar distortion doesn't help, but this adds to this album a sort of "live" taste. And what about a song like "Pushed But Not Forgotten?" The slow intro is between King Crimson and Gentle Giant while the rock explosive following it, has the feeling of the early Wishbone Ash mixed up with the darkness of bands like Black Widow and the unusual chord passages of the early Family.

In common with the prog to come there are reminds to classical music (mainly Bach) and the tasteful guitar jamming. There's no mellotron (or is it one on the third track?, but there's a true violin which performs an excellent riff on "Missing Out" and works sometimes like the Wishbone Ash's second guitar, sometimes like a keyboard (and effectively the violinist was also a keyboardist).

The closing track, "Nowhere", crosses many subgenres and what matters more, is the one more in advance on its time.

An excellent album which is also a very important document about the origins of prog.

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Review by GruvanDahlman
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3 stars I honestly do not know. Is this really, really good or is it simply interesting as a document from 1969? I do not know. What I do know is that it is an extremely heavy and noisy affair, predating Sabbath and even, in some respects, out-weighs them in some respects. This is heavier and noisier than Sabbath ever was but it lacks something more important: quality.

The album is good. It's a heavy, jam-oriented record and I guess unmatched in 1969. Who were these guys? It's demented, deranged and utterly heavy stuff. A hellish concoction of noise and volume. Still, I do not think it's all that good. Classic? In some ways, maybe. Worth having? Maybe, if you want your collection of hard rock/metal to br complete. Why not? Personally I find it interesting and quite amusing but that's it. Hats off, though, to you guys, for producing one of the heaviest albums ever made.

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5 stars I listened to this album two years ago and i fell in love, in this album there are dark and hard sonorities in a particular and aggressive style but there are sweet moments supported with the House's violin. 6 tracks of extreme tension instrumental thanks to the Hill's guitar that keeps you on ... (read more)

Report this review (#1152368) | Posted by GabboProg | Saturday, March 22, 2014 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first progressive metal band? I was looking for early prog metal of the 80's when High Tide's name was mentioned with such a bold reference. Well, certainly it's credible that a form of prog metal issued from 1969 as both prog and metal were coalescing in their respective forms out of the ... (read more)

Report this review (#1060143) | Posted by FragileKings | Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Into Deliciously Dirty Waters If only every band's first album were as good as this. Coming off of a short stint playing with David Bowie and Bowie's gal Hermione in the avant-garde "cabaret" act / folk band Turquoise (later Feathers), guitarist and singer Tony Hill started High Tide, a very ... (read more)

Report this review (#1043467) | Posted by SpecialKindOfHell | Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Noisy, even heavy, but not really that special.High Tide are one of those unjustly overlooked groups that rode the tidal wave (pun intended) of fuzzy psychedelia, along with bands like Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, Cream, Human Instinct, Sleepy John et al, with the curious addition of a violin p ... (read more)

Report this review (#596973) | Posted by Ludjak | Tuesday, December 27, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I guess this is a crazy debut album for the year 1969. Leaded and blasted by the battles between Tony Hill's guitar attack and Simon House's violin trepidant approach, though it was awfullt produced, I love it for its rawness and truthfullness. Here we have brilliant and monstrous jamming betwee ... (read more)

Report this review (#329386) | Posted by migue091 | Monday, November 22, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is a definitive classic, and unfortunately criminally underrated, then and now. The opening track, Futilist's Lament, is right up there with 21st Century Schizoid Man, as far as heavy and scary prog-rock tracks are concerned. Hill gets in a fantasticly distorted and dirty riff before get ... (read more)

Report this review (#292934) | Posted by tired_feet | Sunday, August 01, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars At risk of sounding juvenile, this album and HIGH TIDE's second, self titled, album bring non stop awesomenessisity. Not a word, I know, but I find it hard to express how much a love this two HGH TIDE master works. Explosions of sound at once gripping and maddening (in this case an exceptional ... (read more)

Report this review (#186941) | Posted by manofmystery | Saturday, October 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Metalised psychedelic rock, the music impacts like nuclear force and settles within you. Led Zep, Deep P, Black Sabbath and assorted bands where supposed to be heavy, but this stands alone (we are talking about 1969) as the predominant ultimate heavy metal attack. Even compared with regular (80' ... (read more)

Report this review (#162468) | Posted by tuxon | Saturday, February 23, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars High Tide's debut album, Sea Shanties, seriously is an underrated/unknown gem. This album is a great meld of early metal and psychedelic rock. Tony Hill wrote, sang and played guitar on every track here, and he is the reason why Sea Shanties is my personal favorite guitar album of all-time. Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#102672) | Posted by Kyle | Monday, December 11, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Here comes one of my favourite of all times. When I bought and first listened to it, I got struck by the intensity of every single track on this album. It's incredible how they turned psychedelia (if I can remember properly, Tony Hill was American) into something completely different. You can ... (read more)

Report this review (#99781) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Tuesday, November 21, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars High Tide's debut is considered by many one of the first metal albums ever released, and rightly so. For an array of reasons, this album outlines the path Black Sabbath, ealry- Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple would refine and, in doing so, master in the following decade. perhaps, Sea ... (read more)

Report this review (#88868) | Posted by Asyte2c00 | Sunday, September 03, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I bought this album back in 69/70 because I kept being drawn to the cover got it home and it blew me away. Shot round to my mates and put it on his dad's expensive hi fi celestion speakers no less at it blew us both away. In truth, 2 tracks were the album 'Death warmed up', a phenomenal duel bet ... (read more)

Report this review (#70934) | Posted by | Thursday, March 02, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars this is a really interesting album. a chaotic, noisy, at times messy album which vaguely sounds to me like; 'jimi hendrix in a bad mood- meets- fairport convention'. i love the guitar playing, theres plenty great solos and double-lead solos with the fiddle. the only thing i'm not too keen on ... (read more)

Report this review (#66846) | Posted by | Thursday, January 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This album is on a par with Amon Duul's Phalus Dei (also 1969), and shares much in common with it from the violin, but of course it is uniquely British, and knocks anything since that could be describes as Heavy Metal into the floor! ... (read more)

Report this review (#62398) | Posted by | Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars When I first listened to this album I couldn't believe it was from 1969; it is way ahead of the time. Definitely the heaviest album of that aera. Its trademark is the constant battling between electric guitar and electric violin. The album starts right away with a heavy electric guitar riff o ... (read more)

Report this review (#35126) | Posted by BaldJean | Thursday, June 02, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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