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After the demise of COLOSSEUM in '71, keyboardplayer Dave Greenslade founded his own band GREENSLADE, featuring Tony Reeves (bass), Dave Lawson (keyboards, clarinet, flute) and Andrew McCulloch (drums), he had left KING CRIMSON. In '73, GREENSLADE released their eponymous debut album, followed by "Bedside Manner Are Extra" ('73), "Spyless Guest" ('74) and finally "Time and Tide" ('75). Then the band call it a day and Dave Greenslade went solo. The album "Shades of Green" ('97) is a comprehensive compilation-CD and "Live" ('99) a live-CD including recordings from '73 and '75. A few years ago Dave Greenslade and Tony Reeves teamed up to re-unite GREENSLADE with John Young (guitar and vocals) and Chris Cozens (drums). They released the albums "Large Afternoon" and "Greenslade live 2001" (same line-up except John Troter on drums).

The first two albums are an excellent blend of classic, jazz, rock, blues and symphonic rock with elaborate compositions and inventive and exciting dual-keyboardplay by Greenslade and Lawson. The omnipresence of the Mellotron is very pleasant with majestic waves of the violin-Mellotron (like early KING CRIMSON) and glorious eruptions of the sumptuous choir-Mellotron. In comparison with the 'progrock-dinosaurs', GREENSLADE played more varied styles, the songs were shorter and it lacked the usual 'progrock self-indulgence' (like ELP and YES), no endless soloing. I'm very pleased with the swinging and powerful sound of the clavinet, an underestimated keyboard within the progrock world (only Rick WAKEMAN was a frequent user). A good start to this unique band is the compilation "Shades of Green" and an even better introduction is the live-album "Live" (with tracks from '73 and '75), containing some spectacular play on the Minimoog (with pitchbend). It's the most keyboard-loaden album with hints from WAKEMAN, MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND and SUPERTRAMP. GREENSLADE is a band to discover and they deserve more appreciation by the progrock aficionados.

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GREENSLADE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.54 | 171 ratings
Greenslade
1973
3.45 | 144 ratings
Bedside Manners Are Extra
1973
3.22 | 93 ratings
Spyglass Guest
1974
2.96 | 86 ratings
Time and Tide
1975
2.26 | 30 ratings
Large Afternoon
2000

GREENSLADE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 23 ratings
Live 1973-75
2000
3.80 | 13 ratings
Live 2001 - The Full Edition
2002
3.08 | 6 ratings
Live In Stockholm - March 10th, 1975
2013

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GREENSLADE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 3 ratings
Shades Of Green 1972 - 1975
1997
4.00 | 5 ratings
Feathered Friends
2006
2.38 | 5 ratings
Spyglass Guest & Time and Tide
2011

GREENSLADE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Temple Song
1973
5.00 | 2 ratings
BBC On The Air
1999

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 Spyglass Guest by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.22 | 93 ratings

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Spyglass Guest
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars What a charming little band Greenslade were! Not exactly the coolest of prog bands (Ha, as if there has even been such a thing!), there's a slightly daggy appeal to Greenslade and their mostly upbeat, infectious and proudly melodic duel keyboard player dominated music. Very easy to listen to and enjoy, full of colourful and joyful instrumental runs and quirky vocal numbers, their third album, 1974's `Spyglass Guest', is not quite as successful as the previous albums, but there's still plenty of undemanding and tastefully played adventurous rock music to discover. Perhaps the song-writing on the vocal pieces isn't as strong or catchy this time around, but the instrumental passages and overall great playing makes it another worthy addition to their run of very decent albums from their vintage 70's peak period.

Opening instrumental `Spirit of the Dance' couldn't be more appropriately titled, because the energetic synth duellings full of movement of Dave Greenslade and Dave Lawson couldn't be more dance-like! A cute keyboard jig with playful Moog spirals, light Mellotron flecks (pretty sure the 'Tron is actually singing in the final minute too!) and glistening electric piano with Andrew Mculloch's urgent snappy drumming, it's almost like a more peppy version of those rollicking Genesis and P.F.M numbers in parts. Odd jazz/fusion groover `Little Red Fry-Up' is almost comical with a variety of loopy vocals with lightly naughty grooves worked through slinking bass, tinkling electric piano and bluesy electric guitar wailing. The slightly melancholic `Rainbow' is full of mystery, eerie electronic drones, ambient synths and creeping electric piano with sighing group harmonies. `Siam Seesaw' might have one of the loveliest and most romantic melodies on any Greenslade album, drowsy acoustic guitar and dazzling harpsichord weaving blissfully together with humming bass and dreamy electric piano.

The almost nine minute symphonic piece `Joie de Vivre' turns out to be quite a jaunty tune, with many frequently whimsical moments driven by stirring violin and joyous keyboard soloing that wouldn't have sounded out of place on any of the mid 70's Caravan albums. `Red Light' is a brief somewhat silly vocal/electric piano piece that appears to be about a prostitute or an obsession with a cheater partner - maybe both! `Melancholic Race' doesn't really develop too well, jumping around from nice sweeping Mellotron fanfare, strolling electric piano walkabouts and outright jazz/fusion rupturing bass explosions. It's a whole mess of ideas, but a glorious and addictive tasty mess all the same! The album closes on a fairly plodding yet smooth cover of Jack Bruce's `Theme For An Imaginary Western', let down by a scratchy endless Lawson vocal that pushes the friendship, but at least Tony Reeves' lovely murmuring bass lifts it slightly higher.

Greenslade remind me of a band like Fruupp in that they released a run of quality albums in their vintage prime and got out before the rot of too much commercial pressure and the changing musical taste of the public led them to making really sub-standard albums. `Spyglass Guest' may not be the most challenging or important prog album, but there's still so much to enjoy about it, performed by a first-rate bunch of musicians, and it probably works best as a pleasing background listen.

Three stars.

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 Bedside Manners Are Extra by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.45 | 144 ratings

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Bedside Manners Are Extra
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars The second Greenslade album `Bedside Manners Are Extra' (housed in a wonderful Roger Dean cover) is an easier listen compared to the debut album to my ears, a joyful collection of catchy and melodic symphonic prog with lengthy instrumental passages. The whole album is dunked in a vat of liquid Mellotron that drips over every inch of the LP, the Mellotron cup truly doth runneth over or something like that! Due to no guitars, the money shot of the band is the dual keyboard players David Greenslade (Colosseum) and Dave Lawson (Samurai, The Web), the latter toning down his almost unlistenable vocals from the first album and singing with real warmth, Colosseum bassist Tony Reeves and fleeting King Crimson drummer Tony Mccullock rounding out the band, with all four coming together to offer adventurous yet always accessible progressive music.

With a sprinkling of piano, floating wistful Moog and pattering drumming, the opening title track is a chilled out rumination with a nice pleading vocal from Dave in the chorus, aggressively distorted electric piano, Hammond and flecks of Mellotron. "Have a holiday!" offers the band, and it sounds like fine advice to me! `Pilgrims Progress' sees the band launch into a fast-tempo and upbeat E.L.P-styled instrumental charge full of regal organ pomp, surging bass, fiery drum-work and a nice soothing 'Tron flute and string reflection in the middle. A wicked and delirious electric piano solo just as the piece fades out is enough to make Triumvirat envious! Cool upbeat groover `Time To Dream' has an urgent vocal (I swear Dave's snarling vocal sounds like Pete Nicholls of Neo-proggers I.Q!), sneaky fuzzy jazzy bass, smoky Hammond blasts and electric piano meltdowns throughout, and the band sounds like they're having a ripping time during this infectious and fun number.

While side B's `Drum Folk' is frequently a showcase for drummer Mccullock - booming drum rolls, military beats and soloing insanity galore - it's actually a romantic and soulful class-act. Brooding and chiming electronics, breakneck electric piano runs and scratchy Hammond scorches with a grand triumphant repeated Mellotron theme. Then the second half moves into a lonely and crying flute 'Tron lament with a helping Hammond hand to offer reassurance. Subtly funky verses balance with a frantic vocal truly masterful improvised Hammond and bass run through `Sunkissed You're Not' (oh but you are, album!), then `Chalkhill' is a final race to the finish with the band tearing through a dreamy and feel-good, foot-tapping thrilling final instrumental run.

`Bedside Manners Are Extra' is a really enjoyable and positive album, a lighter prog LP that always makes me smile and puts me in a great mood. While Greenslade were honestly something of a second tier prog band, they've come to be considered a very solid and worthy act, spoken of in revered tones by those that love them, and this second album justifies their devotion. There may be better and more complex prog albums, but not many match the sheer good vibrations this one floats on.

Three and a half stars.

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 Large Afternoon by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.26 | 30 ratings

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Large Afternoon
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
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2 stars Those who like the band in the seventies would definitely regret with this reunion studio album in 2000. In 2000, Greenslade and Reeves, after considering a full-blown reunion of the original line-up, teamed up with vocalist/keyboardist John Young, and recorded a new Greenslade studio album: Large Afternoon. But unfortunately this album lacks its fundamentals in composing good music where the melody must be crafted carefully and then all the instruments must then be combined together to build good arrangement of the music. The gentlemen here were not sure about what kind of music identity they wanted to pursue. You would not find any unique music like Time and Tide or Bedside Manners are Extra that were excellent during their seventies golden period. This new album is really boring and it's not worth listening at all. It comprises only keyboard work and vocal that do not flow with good melody nor good composition. It's not recommended at all to anyone to own this piece of album. This might be worth for hard core fans who want to complete their collection.

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3.08 | 6 ratings

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Live In Stockholm - March 10th, 1975
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Pilgrim's progress

Recorded in 1975 but not released until 2013, this archival release features Greenslade performing live in Stockholm, Sweden. At the time of this concert performance, the band were touring in support of the album Time And Tide which had been released the same year, and four tracks from that 1975 album are featured here in Newsworth, The Flattery Stakes, Waltz For A Fallen Idol, and The Ass's Ears. From 1974's Spyglass Guest comes Joie de Vivre and the excellent Spirit Of The Dance both of which also appeared on Live 1973-75 (an archival live release from 2000). Bedside Manners Are Extra is represented by three tracks including the title track, which was also on Live 1973-75, and Pilgrim's Progress and Drum Folk, which were not on Live 1973-75. The band's self-titled debut album is not represented at all on Live In Stockholm.

The sound quality is not perfect, but also not too shabby. The art work by the great Roger Dean is very nice and I would guess it is something that they dug up in the archives. It is a similar style to the early Greenslade covers, though it features a long-legged lady instead of the trademark many-armed man.

If you liked Live 1973-75 then Live In Stockholm will constitute a good companion piece for your collection. But essential it is not unless you are a Greenslade fan and collector.

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2.26 | 30 ratings

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Large Afternoon
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Hallelujah Anyway

Large Afternoon is the latest Greenslade album to date and likely to be their last album ever. It was released in the year 2000, 25 years after the group's previous album Time And Tide. It thus constituted a comeback of sorts (though Dave Greenslade did release some albums under his own name in the interim). Large Afternoon often gets harsh criticism, but to my ears it is an album that is worthy of the band and that fits in among (particularly the later of) the 70's albums. It is very true that not every track here is of the desired quality, but I think it must be admitted that this was true also of previous albums.

In general, I appreciate the instrumental side of this album a lot more than the vocal side. Roughly, every second track is an instrumental, starting with the opener Cakewalk, which is one of the strongest tracks here together with On Suite, which features vocals. The weakest track is Hallelujah Anyway which overstays its welcome, dragging along for more minutes than anyone could reasonably have wanted!

Certainly not among the band's best moments, and by no means essential. Yet, Large Afternoon is still a decent album and a worthy addition to a collection that already holds Greenslade's 70's albums.

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3.80 | 13 ratings

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Live 2001 - The Full Edition
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars Recorded in 2001, this is the reformed Greenslade showing that they were very much back in business. With Dave on keyboards and original bassist Tony Reeves in tow, they brought in John Young (keys/vocals) and John Trotter (drums) to resurrect the band that had made such an impact in the mid Seventies. Greenslade were always unusual in that they had two keyboard players and no guitarist ? this gave their music a distinctive sound, often more ethereal and laid back than ELP, for example. This albums opens with "Cakewalk", with the band having a blast. John takes centre stage for "Feathered Friends" but while the two keyboard players are having fun on the very Spanish sounding "Catalan" it is the fretless bass that steals the show as Tony proves that a few well-placed notes are worth a thousand played quickly with no thought as to context. Tracks are taken from throughout the band's career, mixed so that newcomers to the band wouldn't know which are new and which are nearly thirty years old. It is nice to hear songs such as "Bedside Manners Are Extra" again after all this time, and with "Joie de Vivre" breaking eleven minutes it is safe to say that Greenslade are back and even though they may not be creating chart albums anymore there is definitely an audience of proggers that will want this CD.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, June 2004

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 Time and Tide by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1975
2.96 | 86 ratings

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Time and Tide
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

1 stars Where's the Roger Dean's beautiful cover art? It went home, carrying away the last star remaining to save Greenslade's catalogue for another 1/5 stars album. If you like Greenslade's debut album and felt disappointed after the second release, just forget about Time and Tide. The songs are lame, pop and shorter than before, including useless and uninteresting instrumental material. The only song which held my attention was was the track no. 10, Gangsters, and it wasn't that good, it can't save this album from my current rating. Even words are missing for describe this poor job. Lawson's voice are sounding cliche and annoying after their early records. Now, this pisses me off. There's nothing catchy about Time and Tide. Bedside Manners are Extra still have some tolerable moments and a few "just fine" passages, but Time and Tide is totally forgettable. Dave Greenslade was not the same from Colosseum anymore.

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 Bedside Manners Are Extra by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.45 | 144 ratings

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Bedside Manners Are Extra
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

2 stars Greenslade second albums is the hole that sucked all of their awful notes and made a concept album about how they went from hero to zero writing songs. Seriously, this album is unbearable. Bedside Manners Are Extra is from the same year than Greenslade self-titled. But this next step is much more like a heavy stumble. Reading some low rating reviews about their first one, I felt exactly the same, but not for their debut. For Bedside Manners. Even the vocals aren't soulful as before. The first track of the album sounds like a bad song from Supertramp, and it is the title track. These songs are far from their previous works. What a deplorable allbum it is. In my firt time listening to the second Track, Pilgrims Progress, I noticed it has a few good moments, but when I thought it would became good, the song quickly changed and threw everything up. Summarizing, the only good track is Sunkissed You're Not, in my honest opinion. The last track has a funny passage, which reminds me of Aquatarkus. The fact is: I love keyboard/piano/organ based prog. I found pleasure even with some poor albums, only because of the screaming hammond organ solos. How could Dave Greenslade made such a mistake? I feel sorry for Roger Dean.

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 Greenslade by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.54 | 171 ratings

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Greenslade
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by VOTOMS

4 stars An underrated british symphonic prog gem. Dave Greenslade, the man from COLOSSEUM, just plays the keyboard like I wanted to hear. Supported by members of King Crimson, Colosseum and Web-Samurai, Greenslade put out the heavy rock without any guitar, but tasty organs and keys. Highly reccomended to organ-based rock fans. The album starts in a Deep Purple way, but it slowly becomes totally progressive, from slow times to hard psychedelic Hammond-Organ-washed music. Awesome epic songwriting. And what about the vocals? Heh... It is... Goddamn great! Lawson's vocals is something like Robert Plant singing some VDGG/Peter Hammil's vocal line. After listen to the whole album you will get my point about the vocals (if you hadn't heard of it before, of course). I must say that Roger Dean's artwork captures the soul of the music, and listen to a good album feautring his cover design and paintings, always makes the final touch.

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 Bedside Manners Are Extra by GREENSLADE album cover Studio Album, 1973
3.45 | 144 ratings

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Bedside Manners Are Extra
Greenslade Symphonic Prog

Review by Warthur
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2 stars It's honestly a shame that Greenslade's albums are so lukewarm, because gorgeous Roger Dean cover art like that (not to mention that arm-blessed green fellow!) deserves to be associated with better music than this. It's not that the band are outright incompetent, but they're still offering soulless prog-by-numbers which offer a platform for Dave Greenslade to showboat - but when he does get that spotlight he doesn't actually do anything which hadn't been done to death in prog terms already by this point in time. If you're a big enough fan of symphonic prog that you'll listen to anything which isn't downright incompetent, it might be a decent pick, but if you're choosier about your prog you'll probably resent any time or money you expend on this.

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