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ANDROMEDA was a blend of psychedelic, progressive, jazz and hard rock power trio which lasted only enough to release one album. They were formed back in '68, by John Du Cann, later of ATOMIC ROOSTER, after the break of his previous band, THE ATTACK.

Du Cann (guitar), along with Mick Hawksworth (bass) and Jack Collins (drums), recorded a psychedelic rock project named THE FIVE DAY WEEK STRAW PEOPLE, being a concept album much praised by collectors nowadays. After recording this project, the three decided to form a band, who was called ANDROMEDA. The band started to gig, record demos, live material, etc, but without and recording contract.

In '69, they were helped by John Peel, after recording sessions in Top Gear programme. It was arranged for them to record a single, by RCA, in Peel's label Dandelion; later they signed a contract to record an album, self titled. The band had some disagreements with Peel by the time Collins left, being substituted by Ian McLane, and they broke the contract. Though the band toured with BLACK SABBATH, recorded several live radio performances and even Pete Townshend from THE WHO showed his interest to produce their album, nothing turned out as expected, but they could hold a contract with RCA, were they released their only, self- titled album in '69. The album was acclaimed by critics, but had no great success among the public, so they never released another material again. Du Cann left in late 69' going to form Atomic Rooster, along with Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer from ARTHUR BROWN BAND. The other members tried to continue with new guitarists, but the band soon split.

Their work was forgotten during the years, and only in the 90's ANDROMEDA had its material released, including extras, live material, BBC sessions, and re-releases of the first album. All their material can be found in a collection released under the name 'The Definitive Collection'. Their eponymous album was re-released remastered with bonus tracks; there are many variations of it and other albums comprising some of the material of 'The Definitive Collection'.

Fernando Raffani (Akin) - February 2007


Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
ANDROMEDA's work is essential because it is an early example of hard progressive rock, similar to what bands like ATOMIC ROOSTER would do in the following years.


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3.63 | 36 ratings
Andromeda
1969

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2.29 | 5 ratings
See Into The Stars
1990
3.75 | 4 ratings
Return To Sanity
1992
4.00 | 2 ratings
Anthology 1966-1969
1994
2.78 | 7 ratings
Definitive Collection
2000
4.00 | 4 ratings
Originals
2005
4.00 | 2 ratings
Beginnings 1967-68
2007

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 Definitive Collection by ANDROMEDA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.78 | 7 ratings

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Definitive Collection
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by FragileKings
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I originally wrote this review for the metal archives but found this band is not represented there. Bear with the metal slant, will you kindly?

I firmly believe that 1969 was a keystone year in the development of both heavy metal and progressive rock. While it was prog that would define itself sooner by the early seventies, the elements associated with heavy metal had already been laid to vinyl over the past several years. That pivotal year followed the important years of heavy psychedelic music - 67/68 - when the American rock guitar and the British electric blues guitar styling were processed through further experimentation with fuzz boxes, extended instrumental sections, and for many musicians a copious consumption of LSD. By 1969 there were so many directions to take heavy rock guitar and Led Zeppelin's debut probably set the loudest example.

Though not as sonically polished in the studio, John Du Cann's Andromeda melded the guitar aggressive sound of the 1966 Yardbirds with the more aggressive rhythm approach emerging in the wake of Blue Cheer's January '68 release, "Vincebus Eruptum," but also blended a prescient vision of progressive heavy rock that was to stamp its footprints into the music scene of the early seventies, albeit mostly in the shadow of its symphonic prog brother.

The double disc here includes the entire album that was Andromeda's sole LP release along with the single "Go Your Way" and the b-side "Keep Out Cos I'm Dying", and also some additional demos all on disc one. Disc two includes more demos, BBC sessions, earlier versions of released songs and some live material.

The album opens with a heavy rocker, "Too Old" that roughly sets the tone of the band musically (not age-wise). The guitar sound, though making use of distortion, is lighter in tone than Led Zeppelin but still played with energy and power chords figure prominently. Lyrically the album also suggests this will be no love, peace, flowers, and beads affair.

The second song, "The Day of Change" while not as heavy in atmosphere, maintains the guitar distortion. Partway through it is strongly reminiscent of the Yardbirds' "Shapes of Things" but with more emphasis on the distorted guitar.

"Now the Sun Shines" is the obligatory laid back track sounding like lounge jazz with a heavy hand and lyrics that begin with observations of sunshine and playing children. Not proto- metal at all, this song is still well crafted and fits in very well with the song selection of an album of the times.

Now the album becomes more interesting with the first of a trio of three-part songs, "Turns to Dust". Without considering the parts, this song is an interesting listen as the music changes pace and mood but always with the heavy rock guitar at the forefront. It begins with a rolling riff and lightens a little for the first verse before going into a galloping riff. Perhaps where the song lacks real metal power is in the vocals which don't have the power of the likes of Robert Plant or Ian Gillan. When the song builds in heaviness after two minutes the vocals also contrast with the heavy power chords. One thing I noted was the pick slide and it had me wondering when pick slides became trendy. Around 3:30 the song changes into a more melodic arrangement very beautifully played. This is a power trio of drums, bass, guitar with guitar overdubs and they manage to take this piece through various moods and tempos. The last minute and a half is devoted to a speed-burner instrumental section resembling Zeppelin's "Dazed and Confused" in manic guitar playing and charging rhythm section.

Next up is another three part song, entitled "Return to Sanity". "Part 1. Breakdown" starts off very calmly but slowly builds in tension until it becomes a full on powerhouse doom metal affair. If Diamond Head had decided to take this intro and us it for "Am I Evil" I would not be in the least bit surprised. After the thundering first part the song moves into its main sequence in "Part 2. Hope". This calm electric rock number keeps the guitar distortion close at hand however and brings it in near the end of the song before the dramatic heavy conclusion. By now, John Du Cann's approach to music composition and song structure is looking really advanced for the time.

"The Reason" sounds like it could have come from Cream somewhere between "Disraeli Gears" and "Wheels of Fire". The guitar solo part at 1:20 again turns into music structure more than soloing, illustrating once again how Andromeda are not just about going from one fuzzed out guitar solo to the next. "I Can Stop the Sun" is the second real slow break on the album. Not much to say about this one when the next track is much more interesting.

"When to Stop" is the last of the three-part songs on the album and Andromeda suggest from the beginning that this one is going to be epic. After a dramatic introduction they slip into an easy jazz rock type pace before moving into a little more aggressive rock format. The Zeppelin-esque guitar bursts come in around 3:40 and until 5:30 it's very much a driving rock guitar solo affair with the rhythm section barreling along. Then a new direction: a Spanish guitar solo that references the Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad" The song concludes with washes of cymbals and strums on acoustic guitar.

Thus concludes the album. "Go Your Way" sounds like a blend of Iron Butterfly from "Heavy" and more 1966 Yardbirds. The b-side "Keep Out Cos I'm Dying" resembles a re-write of Cream's "Politician" until the "Dazed and Confused"-like speed guitar solo comes in and the song rocks on until fade.

The remainder of the tracks on disc one carry on the rock guitar atmosphere of the album and the most interesting surprise is the all too short instrumental "Return to Exodus" which sounds like it was recorded in the early seventies and had me thinking of Nazareth's version of "Morning Dew" at first. The music changes at least twice before fading out in the midst of something good. This could have been something more.

Disc two Includes some early or alternate versions of songs, plus other songs that were possibly for a next album. While the recording quality of some of the demos is a little weak, there are still some very good tracks here Though I've mentioned the Yardbirds, Cream, and Led Zeppelin often, I also hear a lot of similarity to the 70's American hard rock band, Dust. The only thing about the second disc that I dislike is the live tracks which I can't get through. There are simply too many other interesting songs worthy of playing again than forcing myself to listen to such an abominable recording.

In the end I have to say that although the sound of the guitar is a bit behind the times and the vocals could use more power, the music itself is a couple of years ahead of almost everything I've heard from 1969 (some tracks I read go back to '68 and '67). Several songs could be given a 1979 sound and with a more powerful vocalist they could fit right in with the NWOBHM movement. Andromeda took their post-psych aggressive hard rock very seriously and sought out ways to create songs of a more advanced composition level, with at least three tracks bordering on progressive rock while still providing the aggressive energy musically expected of heavy metal.

Interestingly, some days ago, after I had been listening to this album a bit, I was listening to a playlist I had made a couple of months ago and "I Can't Take No More" from Atomic Rooster's "Death Walks Behind You" came on and I could not place it. I thought to myself, "It sounds a lot like Andromeda but a couple of years after 1969". Well, there was good reason for my conjecture because it was the same John Du Cann playing guitar on both albums.

As a prog album I'd say the three longer tracks in three parts are the most interesting. For those you don't need the "Definitive Collection" but if you like them it might be worth while to get some of the other stuff presented here, too. I personally believe this album is better suited on the MetalMusicArchives as a proto-metal band. Good but not essential, especially if aggressive hard rock is not your taste.

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 Andromeda by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.63 | 36 ratings

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Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars Andromeda was a late 60's band that had John Cann (later he joined Atomic Rooster) in their line-up. They only released one album, the self-titled and amazing Andromeda (1969) by RCA Records.

Andromeda (1969) comes absolutelly soaked in Blues Rock, Proto Prog and Psychedelia and is, in many ways, the precursor of some bands.

Andromeda is completely Proto Prog in songs like the amazing opener 'Too Old', 'Turns To Dust', 'Return To Sanity' and 'When To Stop'. In other hand tracks like 'Day Of The Change' and 'Return To Sanity' sounds as Black Sabbath. But remember that Black Sabbath only released their first album in 1970. I could say that Tony Iommi was very aware of this band/album while Black Sabbath was writting their first album.

Andromeda (1969) also comes with high psychedelic colors of course (just look at the cover) in tracks like 'And Now The Sun Shines', the Cream influenced 'The Reason' and the folk driven 'I Can Stop The Sun'.

What we have in Andromeda (1969) is a beautiful and raw (recorded in less than a month) Proto Prog album with Blues Rock and Psychedelic colors. Everything packed with an amazing bass playing by Mick Hawksworth (that also played with Fuzzy Duck), solid drums by Ian McLane and loads of great guitars by John Cann and good vocals.

My CD version is the Repertoire Records 1994 version and has 8 bonus tracks. Bonus tracks are 95% of the time, wasted time, a fan thing. They were not good enough to be on the original record and are still not good enough to be on re-editions too. Not different here. We have some good tracks like 'Go Your Way' and 'Let's All Watch The Sky Fall Down'. But the rest is pretty much forgettable.

Too bad the band didn't survived to record a second album.

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 Definitive Collection by ANDROMEDA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.78 | 7 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars Andromeda was the band that John Du Cann was immediately prior to him joining Atomic Rooster. As well as a full band biog. and loads of photos, this double CD contains all of their hard to find and much collected album, along with some lives tracks, demos, and a session from John Peel's Top Gear. The line-up was John (guitar/vocals), Mick Hawksworth (bass) and Jack Collins (who was replaced by Ian McLane) (drums).

I know that this is hard to find music but thankfully in this case it is because not enough albums were pressed and people wanted to hear the music instead of collecting just because it is rare. Although it is very dated, the music on here is very interesting. There were no keyboards, but Andromeda would have fitted in quite happily with the prog explosion that was going on at the time. In fact, I have to say that I enjoyed this more than the album of solo material that was released by John through Angel Air recently. If prog/psyche is what you want then look no further as the authentic stuff is here. A goody.

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Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by stefro
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4 stars Almost a rockier, more forceful version of Steve Howe's Tomorrow, Andromeda rank amongst the very finest of British psychedelic groups that emerged during late-sixties, featuring a power- trio set-up that lends much of their material a heavy, gritty feel. Definitely a pre-cursor to the first wave of progressive rock and operating somewhere between the jocular pop-psych of Tomorrow and the dark, brooding menace of early Pink Floyd, Andromeda's debut is a first-rate slice of proto-prog featuring expansive song-writing, skilful interplay and some suitably incoherent sci-fi themes lyrics. Led by guitarist/vocalist John DuCann and also featuring Mick Hawksworth(bass, vocals) and drummer Ian McLane, the group's debut album is highly- recommended for those who prefer the slightly heavier side of psych, though the real surprise here are the strangely catchy melodies that adorn tracks such as 'Now The Sun Shines' and 'Turn To Dust'. The material becomes progressively more ambitious towards the albums second side - the eight-minute mini-epic 'Return To Sanity' features some powerful guitar-and- organ interplay spread over four interlocking sections - yet the group's real strength lies in their ability to insert carefully-hidden pop hooks into their rather avant-garde sound. Recommended to all psych fans, the only real disappointment is that Andromeda stopped after just one album, leaving this self-titled effort as the only proof of their sadly-truncated existence. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2012

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 See Into The Stars by ANDROMEDA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1990
2.29 | 5 ratings

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See Into The Stars
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars Lots of empty space

This rather brief double CD collection could actually have fitted onto a single disc. The second CD is simply the band's sole album in full, devoid of bonus material or additional tracks. It is therefore to the first disc we must look for anything of interest for those who have already obtained the band's debut. (Those who have the original LP are of course sitting on something of a goldmine, such it its rarity).

The contents of the first disc are in fact in the main demos recorded by the band around the same time as the album. Naturally, both the A and B side of the non-album single "Go your way"/"Keep out cause I'm dying" are included. Apart from that, there are a mere six additional tracks, all of which are now available on the vastly superior double CD collection (overseen by John DuCann) "The definitive collection".

In terms of the music, the songs here are very much of their time, the band's ambitions tending to run ahead of their compositional and perfuming abilities. The songs are almost invariably guitar driven proto-rock affairs with so-so vocals and little in the way of memorable melodies.

Given the deficiencies of this particular package, those with an interest in the work of Andromeda would be well advised to pass this one by.

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 Definitive Collection by ANDROMEDA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
2.78 | 7 ratings

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Definitive Collection
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars I can get the song name wrong

There have been many (too many) releases in the name of Andromeda over the years, all of which simply recycle the sole album and single they made, plus a few tracks which were left on the shelf.

In 2000, founder and band leader John DuCann decided to get involved in a project to come up with the "definitive" collection of pretty much everything the band recorded. He has therefore unearthed from his private collection a number of demos and live recordings not previously included on compilations. The original album naturally occupies pole position on the first disc, joined by the single "Go your way"/"Keep out 'cos I'm dying". The single is very much of its time, echoing the music of bands such as The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The Move.

We then get a whole host of demos and alternate versions to complete disc one. These appear in the main to be pretty much the finished articles, although some fade in or out midway. One of the more interesting tracks in this category is "Return to Exodus", a guitar instrumental very much along the lines of Love Sculpture's "Sabre dance". The final track of this set is "See into the stars", a 7 minute blues rock jam, similar to the work of Welsh band Man.

On the second disc are 5 tracks recorded for John Peel's BBC radio programme around the time of the band's abortive effort to sign for his label in 1968. All but one of these tracks would subsequently appear in different form on the band's only album. In general terms, these versions actually sound better than the final product. "Return to sanity" for example is about 4 minutes shorter, and is thus far more focused. These are followed by two tracks recorded for the first album but left off due to lack of space. Of these "Ode to the sea" has an early Moody Blues feel and would perhaps have made a good single.

After a couple of tracks about which no information is given but which seem to simply be further demos, we find two tracks recorded even earlier in 1967. These are of historical interest only! Three live tracks are also added to the second disc. The quality of these recordings is to put it mildly awful, in fact they make your average audience bootleg sound like hi-fi. The most interesting of these is the 10 minute "Acidus", which turns out to be a lead guitar improvisation on a western theme.

The second disc is completed by the final track recorded by the band in 1970 "Step this way". There is though nothing particularly remarkable about the song which simply serves to confirm that the band had perhaps reached their destination.

The nature of the unreleased tracks is such that they sometimes appear to bear different names depending on the compilation they are on. "Ode to the sea" for example seems to be sometimes called "Ocean song". More worryingly though for a definitive collection is the inexcusable titling of "I can stop the sun" as "I can stop the song"!

In all, this is indeed the definitive collection for those interested in Andromeda. The band themselves however are frankly not particularly interesting, thus this collection is far from essential.

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 Andromeda by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.63 | 36 ratings

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Andromeda
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars ELP's Great uncle?

Anyone who has ever indulged in genealogy will be aware that the roots of the tree can spread far wider than the branches. So it is in terms of music and the relationships between bands. Andromeda (not to be mistaken for the more recent Swedish prog metal band of the same name) are a good example of how the perceived importance of a band can lie not in what they did themselves, but in their distant relationship with others.

It is fair to say that much of the interest generated by Atomic Rooster comes from the fact that Carl Palmer of Emerson Lake and Palmer was their first drummer. Admittedly, Atomic Rooster did manage a couple of hit singles and their albums are well respected by the select few, but for many it is Palmer's presence which causes them to investigate the band's work.

So with Andromeda, the main interest here is that John DuCann, later of Atomic Rooster, was the leader of this one shot outfit. Ironically, DuCann and Palmer were not in Atomic Rooster at the same time. Released in 1969, this self titled album was the only original album released in the name of Andromeda, who split up when DuCann was asked to join Atomic Rooster.

On to the album itself, and there is no doubt that the music here is ambitious, especially in view of the rudimentary line up the band in instrumental terms. The sole lead instrument is the lead guitar of DuCann, which combines with his vocals to provide the sound that prevails throughout. The feel is a sort of cross between Cream and Led Zeppelin, with lead guitar flurries and multi-tracked vocals driven by a heavy drums and bass combination. Inevitably there are also similarities with the work of Atomic Rooster, albeit devoid of the distinctive organ sounds of the band.

The tracks are certainly more than simply pop rock excursions, their structures and arrangements covering up well for the one dimensional nature of the line up. DuCann's guitar work is original and adventurous, showing little or no desire to pander to the demands of a singles centric public.

Three of the tracks here are long for the period, running to 7 to 9 minutes. Each is in three parts giving the impression at least of something even more complex. This is a bit misleading, although "Return to sanity" does have a quasi-symphonic atmosphere at times, in part due to the "Planets (Mars)"/"Bolero" like intro which builds the expectation in the first part of the track. Too soon though it is succeeded by something altogether more prosaic.

The overall feel of the album is, despite the apparent complexities, rudimentary; this is an album which flatters to deceive. Perhaps it is the underlying quality of the song-writing which is the issue here, the songs being built on shaky ground. Whatever it is, while I find the album to be on one level admirable and ambitious, on another I simply find it unremarkable. DuCann and colleague are to be congratulated on making the best of what they had, unfortunately they needed a bit more.

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 Andromeda by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.63 | 36 ratings

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Andromeda
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Anyonewho is a fan of ATOMIC ROOSTER needs to check this album out. John Du Cann is the guitarist on this ANDROMEDA record and when it didn't become a commercial success he left to join ATOMIC ROOSTER. Both bands played a similar hard rocking style but ANDROMEDA were a trio with no organ. This band was one of the early prog bands as this was released in 1969. When I first heard it my initial reaction was that it sounded dated, but that really is it's charm. It does have a psychedelic flavour to it, but really this is often heavy, bordering on Metal at times. I can't believe how good this lead guitarist is though. A lot of times it's just a shred-fest. The bass is very upfront as well.

"Too Old" opens with some scorching guitar before the drums and bass join in on this uptempo rocker. The bass is prominant. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes. More excellent guitar after 4 minutes. "Day Of The Change" is a mid paced tune that starts slowly. A fairly catchy, straight forward song. The tempo picks up 2 1/2 minutes in as we get some ripping guitar and throbbing bass. We're back to the original melody a minute later. Cool tune."And Now The Sun Shines" is a relaxing ballad-like tune. "Turns To Dust" is a more energetic track with vocals, as the guys play fairly behind him and over top of him. Haha. Check out the guitar after 3 minutes, and the absolutely blistering solo 5 1/2 minutes in.

"Return To Sanity" opens with marching-like drums as the sound starts to build as bass and guitar join in. It stops after 2 minutes as a new more relaxing melody arrives. Vocals after 3 minutess. The ripping guitar with pounding drums is contrasted with the relaxing passages to end the song. "The Reason" features aggressive guitar coming and going throughout. I really like this one. "I Can Stop The Sun" is a mellow track with fragile vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonies. "When To Stop" is the 8 1/2 minute closer. A powerful intro is replaced by a light melody of guitar, bass and light drums. Vocals join in. It gets powerful again as this contrast continues. I love the guitar before 4 minutes that trades solos with the bass until they join forces .Nice. The last section features Spanish sounding guitar melodies in a pastoral ending.

There are 8 bonus tracks.The first is significant "Go Your Way" as it was the first single the band released on RCA. I also really like the blazing instrumental "Exodus". An excellent record that may appeal to those fans of power trios. This is one of the earliest.

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 Andromeda by ANDROMEDA album cover Studio Album, 1969
3.63 | 36 ratings

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Andromeda
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by kingdhansak

4 stars Good to see this album on ProgArchives. A real expensive rarity if you can find a first press vinyl. As usual it has been reissued several times. Many editions have various amounts of bonus tracks: see the complete discography for details of those.

This lp, for a 1969 recording has really stood the test of time. Featuring the excellent John Cann on guitar before his stint with ATOMIC ROOSTER, the album is full of great riffs in the typical BLACK SABBATH/DEEP PURPLE vain of the time. All tunes are catchy and go through various atmospheres. At times mellow and dreamy, other times more complex classically influenced that will keep the listener interested. It is a typical artifact that rests very neatly between late 60's psych and the harder edged early 70's prog sound.

Well worth a spin!

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 Originals by ANDROMEDA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2005
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Originals
Andromeda Proto-Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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4 stars This week I noticed a thread about this band and today I noticed that Andromeda is added to this site. I checked the addition but to my surprise I discovered that there are still no albums added so I did some Googling in order to get at least one album added to Prog Archives.

After the demise of his band The Attack guitarplayer John Du Cann formed Andromeda. They did gigs in known London venues like the The Round House and The Lyceum. Thanks to suport from the famous dj John Peel on Radio One the band was invited to make an album. Unfortunately the label immidiately dropped two tracks ("too long for a LP" they said) and remixed the originals as "too heavy". Soon John called Andromeda a day and joined Atomic Rooster. Here is the re-release from the album featuring the original compositions from 1969 but now remastered. The music on this CD is an interesting, often very powerful blend of typical Sixties rock, hardrock and some psychedelia featuring great guitarwork (with echoes from Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Jimmy Page) and a dynamic rhythm-section. Imagine that Black Sabbath released their eponymous debut album a year after these recordings, you will be amazed by the fat guitar riffs from John DuCann, sounding like Tony Iommi! And Jeff Beck covered Andromeda's single release "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and topped the charts with it!

Highly recommended to the guitar aficionados! By the way, Mandrakeroot, you are right, a rating of 3 stars don't match with Andromeda their unique sound so 4 stars and now I am waiting on your review!



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