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MASTERS OF DECEIT were a progressive rock group from Indianapolis, Indiana consisting of Tom HENSLEY, Steve BLUM, Gary CAMPBELL and Stan GAGE. The band was active in the late 60's and was led by the keyboardist HENSLEY, with whom they recorded an obscure album in 1969 which reflects the transitional era between psychedelia and progressive rock. It is recommended as an unique example of progressive rock in this early era of American prog scene and has maybe more in common with eclectic or jazz influenced Canterbury bands than any kind of upcoming symphonic oriented groups.

As a group they released only one album but some members like CAMPBELL and HENLEY continued working as session musicians for many groups, with CAMPBELL also joining the MIROSLAV VITOUS GROUP (of WEATHER REPORT fame) and Tom HENSLEY becaming a member of the backing band for Neil DIAMOND.

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4.20 | 6 ratings
Hensley's Electric Jazz Band & Synthetic Symphonette

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 Hensley's Electric Jazz Band & Synthetic Symphonette by MASTERS OF DECEIT album cover Studio Album, 1969
4.20 | 6 ratings

Hensley's Electric Jazz Band & Synthetic Symphonette
Masters Of Deceit Eclectic Prog

Review by Soul2Create

4 stars 3.75 stars actually. A very good proto prog album that should be more known in this site. Let's review track by track: 01 Shining (9/10) - a piece that could have been on In the court of Crimson King or In the wake of Poseidon, combining those lovely symphonic and psychedelic styles. The best song in the album. 02 Boxes (8/10) - A sort of early Canterbury similar to Supersister mixed with classic rock. 03 The grand illusion (6/10) - to me it sounds like a theme from a Broadway musical, and the song I like the least. 04 Long hard journey (8/10) - this tune returns to the symphonic style with psychedelic arrangements, it reminds me of The moody blues. 05 Mirror (7.5/10) - a very good fusion track, combining several styles, ranging from classic jazz, to symphonic and psychedelia. 06 Pieces-together-pieces (8/10) - a great psychedelic track that could be described as a typical Jefferson Airplane song with an extended improvisation in the middle where the main instruments take turns. Check the outstanding keyboard solo at the end!

Recommended to all fans of proto prog and early prog.

Thanks to historian9 for the artist addition.

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