Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

ARC

Heavy Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Arc picture
Arc biography
After singer GRAHAM BELL joined BRIAN DAVISON'S EVERY WHICH WAY, English foursome ARC emerged from SKIP BIFFERTY [aka HEAVY JELLY] in 1970. They were a lesser but very talented blues-based heavy prog outfit comprised of Michael GALLAGHER's keys, Tom DUFFY's bass, the drums of David MONTGOMERY and guitarist John TURNBULL. Evidently they recorded two studio albums though only one is currently documented, 'At This' from 1971 on Decca.

Occasionally compared to PATTO though they also remind of SUPERTRAMP if that group had been young and hungry, ARC sound not unlike many bands of the era who took from what the Beatles had established but adding a harder, rawer feel mixed with the semi-classical sparks of early YES, making 'At This' a respectable collector's item.

ARC were songwriters at heart and composed surprisingly good material easily overshadowed by the other more well-versed, attention-getting acts. Clearly progressive however, and a fine example of early melodic Prog before things got so involved.


-- Atavachron (David) --



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Typical but distinguished heavy prog band from the early era, and a fine addition to the Archives.



Discography:
At This, studio album (1971)

ARC MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

ARC forum topics / tours, shows & news


ARC forum topics Create a topic now
ARC tours, shows & news Post an entries now

ARC Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to ARC

Buy ARC Music


Arc at ThisArc at This
Import
Esoteric 2009
Audio CD$73.85 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Arc Iris-Arc Iris CD NEW USD $11.63 Buy It Now 33m 38s
Discover Fado With Arc Music - Various Artists (NEW CD) USD $9.98 Buy It Now 51m 28s
Discover Music From Greece With Arc Music - Various Artists (NEW CD) USD $9.98 Buy It Now 51m 29s
Passion Of Joan Of Arc - In The Nursery (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.65 Buy It Now 1h 8m
Pipes & Drums: Spirit of the Highlands USD $6.55 Buy It Now 2h 23m
ARC IN ROUND - ARC IN ROUND CD ROCK INDEPENDENT NEW+ USD $25.17 Buy It Now 2h 30m
"LOVE SONGS OF THE WORLD" 14-Tracks (CD 2001) Arc Music ***EXCELLENT*** USD $6.99 Buy It Now 2h 48m
STEVE WINWOOD - Arc Of A Diver CD JAPAN UICY-25073 NEW 2011 USD $81.07 Buy It Now 3h 7m
Jeanne D'Arc Soundtrack Eric Serra USD $24.99 Buy It Now 3h 42m
Montrose Montrose JAPAN SHM MINI LP CD ARC-8067 USD $27.99 Buy It Now 3h 44m
FEVRE, Bernard - Cosmos 2043 - Vinyl (limited LP + MP3 download code) USD $26.75 Buy It Now 3h 59m
STEVE WINWOOD - Arc Of A Diver CD JAPAN UIGY-9556 NEW 2014 USD $134.51 Buy It Now 4h 7m
STEVE WINWOOD - Arc Of A Diver CD JAPAN UICY-40066 NEW 2014 USD $117.59 Buy It Now 4h 7m
Passion Of Joan Of Arc - In The Nursery (2008, CD New) USD $17.87 Buy It Now 4h 8m
L'ARC EN CIEL JAPAN VERSION EARLY 8cm 6 CD SET A LOT! CA210 USD $17.99 Buy It Now 4h 31m
STEVE WINWOOD - ARC OF A DIVER - 1980 ISLAND ILPS 5976 - A2 B2 - EX+/EX+ USD $13.73 Buy It Now 4h 40m
L'arc~en~ciel - Lies And Truth CD *SEALED* OBI USD $5.99 Buy It Now 4h 55m
Arc Angels : Arc Angels CD (2002) USD $3.98 Buy It Now 5h 7m
THE THREE REEDS / THE ELECTRO-HARMONIC SOUNDS OF ARC RECORDS CANADA USD $9.71 Buy It Now 5h 8m
Dvorak New World Symphony James Levine NM vinyl stereo RCA Red Seal ARC1-4552 USD $3.99 Buy It Now 5h 11m
Arc - CD A8VG USD $5.98 Buy It Now 5h 28m
OMD Joan Of Arc (statue) 1981 UK Poster size Press ADVERT 16x12 inches USD $12.43 Buy It Now 5h 34m
SAINTSENECA - DARK ARC CD NEW+ USD $23.93 Buy It Now 5h 52m
BOYS AND MEN-ARC OF SMILE !-JAPAN CD+DVD D73 USD $18.50 Buy It Now 5h 53m
GOMES, Jullian - Late Dreamer - CD USD $18.11 Buy It Now 5h 54m
ARC ANGEL - HARLEQUINS OF LIGHT CD NEW+ USD $16.55 Buy It Now 6h 9m
Arc by Everything Everything (CD, Jan-2013, RCA) USD $0.99 [0 bids]
6h 11m
Young, Neil - Arc - Young, Neil CD K4VG USD $10.90 Buy It Now 6h 13m
Saintseneca - Dark Arc (NEW CD) USD $11.23 Buy It Now 6h 13m
BACH Overtures 1, 4 KARL RICHTER Red Stereo ARCHIV ARC 73181 NM 198 681 DGG USD $50.00 Buy It Now 6h 15m
Gypsy Music from Bulgaria by Ibro Lolov (CD, Nov-1998, Arc Music) (cd5837) USD $32.85 Buy It Now 6h 27m
Arc by Jimmy Haslip Cassette Tape, 1993, GRP VG! #CT39 USD $13.60 Buy It Now 6h 29m
ARC TOUR DATES ORIGINAL POSTER SIZE ADVERT 30 SEP 1989 USD $14.98 Buy It Now 6h 50m
EARTHTONE 9 - Arc-Tan-Gent - CD ** Very Good condition ** USD $18.95 Buy It Now 7h 5m
EARTHTONE 9 - Arc-Tan-Gent - CD ** Brand New ** USD $70.49 Buy It Now 7h 5m
Acid Black Cherry - Black cherry - Japan Music CD Janne Da Arc Yasu Visual Kei USD $26.99 Buy It Now 7h 8m
Orchard Vale Soundtrack Joan of Arc cd SEALED USD $21.00 Buy It Now 7h 12m
STEVE WINWOOD ARC OF A DIVER JAPAN USD $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 16m
20 Sitars USD $6.34 Buy It Now 7h 24m
Janne Da Arc - Chaos e.p. - Japan CD Visual Kei Acid Black Cherry Free Shipping USD $23.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - Bless (1st press) - Japan Visual Kei CD Vamps Hyde Tetsuya USD $25.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Janne Da Arc - Romance - Japan Music CD Visual Kei Acid Black Cherry USD $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - My Heart draws a dream - Japan Visual Kei CD Vamps Hyde Tetsuya USD $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - The Fourth Avenue Cafe - Japan Visual Kei CD Vamps Hyde USD $29.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Janne Da Arc - Joker (1st press) - Japan CD + DVD Visual Kei Acid Black Cherry USD $51.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Janne Da Arc - Complete Box - Japan 6 CD + 3 DVD Acid Black Cherry Free Shipping USD $429.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - True - Japan Music CD Visual Kei Hyde Vamps Tetsuya Yukihiro USD $26.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - New World - Japan Visual Kei CD Vamps Hyde Tetsuya acid android USD $19.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
L'arc en ciel - Smile (1st press) Japan CD + DVD Hyde Vamps Tetsuya Zi:kill USD $42.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Hyde - Roentgen (English vers.) - Japan CD + DVD Visual Kei L'arc en ciel Vamps USD $59.99 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Best Of Melodic Rock & New Age Fantasy Music CD UK '96 Arc EUCD1357 tribute/gong USD $6.23 Buy It Now 7h 42m
INDIE ROCK/ A Western Front - Joan Of Arc (4 Track EP) 7" USD $15.99 Buy It Now 7h 50m
Arc-En-Ciel by Paul Read/Paul Read Orchestra. USD $17.53 Buy It Now 7h 57m
Vamps - Self titled album - Japan CD + DVD Jrock Visual Kei L'arc en ciel Hyde USD $56.99 Buy It Now 8h 8m
Zi:kill - Best Box - Japan Jrock Music CD Yukihiro L'arc en ciel USD $50.99 Buy It Now 8h 13m
Zi:Kill - Desert Town - Japan Visual Kei Music CD Jrock L'arc en ciel Yukihiro USD $39.99 Buy It Now 8h 13m
Joan of Arc: 'He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands' (Audio CD) USD $9.99 Buy It Now 8h 27m
MEN AT WORK "Business As Usual" ARC-37978 NM USD $7.00 Buy It Now 8h 36m
JOAN OF ARC - He's Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands - LP USD $25.72 Buy It Now 9h
Chopin - Waltzes , 3 Ecossaises Paul Procopolis ARC FDY 2007 LP 1963 USD $14.99 Buy It Now 9h 11m
OWEN Other People's Songs LP SEALED w/download Polyvinyl indie-rock Joan Of Arc USD $15.99 Buy It Now 9h 12m
Saintseneca - Dark Arc USA CD Brand New & Sealed [Folk] #22-3 USD $3.49 Buy It Now 9h 26m
Manuel Gottsching - E2-E4 ARC-7168 Japan CD USD $39.99 Buy It Now 9h 38m
MEN AT WORK BUSINESS AS USUAL vinyl NM- Columbia ARC 37978 w/lyric sleeve USD $9.99 Buy It Now 9h 39m
Joan Of Arc Awaiting Trial [Limited OOP] by My Favorite (CD, 2000, Double Agent) USD $6.49 Buy It Now 9h 47m
ARC ANGEL NEW CD USD $16.93 Buy It Now 9h 57m
NEW Arc (Audio CD) USD $30.43 Buy It Now 10h 18m
Greenslade - Bedside Manners.. Mini-LP CD Japan 1998 ARC7078 with OBI - Ex.Cond. USD $68.70 Buy It Now 10h 26m
Greenslade - Greenslade Mini-LP CD Japan 1998 ARC7077 with OBI - Ex.Cond. USD $56.21 Buy It Now 10h 26m
ARC Walt Disney's Mary Poppins vinyl Record USD $24.98 [0 bids]
10h 33m
Earth Wind & Fire Star 7" 45RPM Record Single PROMO Arc 1-11165 Piranha Records USD $6.00 Buy It Now 10h 41m
Discover Music From Balkans With Arc Music - Various Artist (2016, CD New) USD $14.28 Buy It Now 10h 43m
Various Artist - Discover Music From Balkans With Arc Music [CD New] USD $11.06 Buy It Now 10h 44m
Discover Music From Balkans With Arc Music - Various Artist (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.06 Buy It Now 10h 47m
Owls - Song #9 Demo flexi test pressing hand numbered 3/10 OOP Joan of Arc USD $20.00 [0 bids]
10h 57m
3 LP HANDEL MESSIAH MUSICA SACRA Westenburg Red Seal Digital vinyl NM ARC3-4352 USD $9.99 Buy It Now 11h 4m
VICTOR PASOWISTY - UKRANIAN FESTIVAL LP ARC AS 806 USD $12.00 Buy It Now 11h 7m
ARC 3013 - JS Bach Organ Works- Trio Sonatas/No.3 LP (HELMUT WALCHA, Alkmaar) USD $8.54 Buy It Now 11h 12m
CICO / Notte JAPAN SHM-CD Mini LP w/OBI ARC-8058?NEW!! USD $39.50 Buy It Now 11h 37m
Handel Water Music CNT 25 Berlin Phil Fritz Lehmann ARCHIVE ARC3010 M LP record USD $19.00 [0 bids]
11h 51m
NEW - Joan of Arc, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain by Joan of Arc USD $5.50 Buy It Now 11h 53m
EX- !! Arc/At This/1971 Decca LP USD $124.89 Buy It Now 11h 58m
Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver Japan For US Pressing CD Matrix A6805P USD $12.75 Buy It Now 12h 19m
In Search Of The Lost Divine Arc - Acid Mothers Temple & The Melt (2013, CD New) USD $16.81 Buy It Now 12h 40m
Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver [CD New] USD $38.60 Buy It Now 12h 54m
Archive Production vinyl ARC 3217 USD $3.99 Buy It Now 12h 59m
Gypsy Music from Bulgaria USD $9.11 Buy It Now 12h 59m
STEVE WINWOOD - ARC OF A DIVER (1LP) VINYL LP NEW+ USD $33.74 Buy It Now 13h 2m
Archive Production ARC 3058 IX RESEARCH PERIOD THE WORKS OF BACH USD $14.99 Buy It Now 13h 4m
R416 HONEGGER JEANNE D'ARC AU BUCHER ZORINA 2 x LP PHILIPS MINIGROOVE USD $17.00 Buy It Now 13h 5m
Richard Stoltzman/Emanuel Ax WEBER/SCHUBERT - RCA ARC1-4825 SEALED USD $20.00 Buy It Now 13h 17m
Emanuel Ax/Cleveland Quartet BRAHMS Quintet Op.34 - RCA ARC1-4954 SEALED USD $20.00 Buy It Now 13h 19m
Zukerman/Guarneri Quartet BRAHMS String Quintets - RCA ARC1-4849 SEALED USD $20.00 Buy It Now 13h 27m
Hakan Hagegard SCHUBERT Winterreise - RCA ARC2-4861 SEALED USD $30.00 Buy It Now 13h 34m
ELECTRIC ARC - Honky town rap - 1983 UK 7" Vinyl Single USD $11.23 Buy It Now 13h 36m
Black Arc - The Coast As Cover [Sealed New Digipak CD 2008] USD $1.24 [0 bids]
14h 12m
STEVE WINWOOD Arc of a Diver ILS81403 LP Gh0076 USD $0.99 [0 bids]
14h 23m
Discover Fado With Arc Music - Various Artist CD-JEWEL CASE USD $18.07 Buy It Now 14h 24m
STEVE WINWOOD ~ ARC OF A DIVER VINYL RECORD LP ~ 1980 USD $12.99 Buy It Now 14h 32m
Arc Of A Diver USD $5.98 Buy It Now 14h 33m

More places to buy ARC music online Buy ARC & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
ARC has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

ARC discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

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

3.48 | 28 ratings
At This
1971
3.03 | 10 ratings
Bell + Arc
1971

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

ARC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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

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

ARC Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 At This by ARC album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 28 ratings

BUY
At This
Arc Heavy Prog

Review by stefro
Prog Reviewer

3 stars A one-off affair from 1971, 'At This' has been re-released after a 20-year plus hiatus in the rock wilderness by those fantastic purveyor's of lost prog, Esoteric Recordings, the label who have also given us 'Space Shanties' by Khan, 'Glass-Top Coffin' By Ramases and Soft Machine's superb 'Bundles' album, to name just a few. An energetic and accomplished slice of early pop-tinged prog, Arc's debut sounds a bit like Yes, Flash and Queen have all been press-ganged into making an album together, which would probably be no bad thing(!). The music is brisk and inventive without ever being brilliant, but in a couple of tracks, most notably the album-opener 'Let Your Love Run Through', the group show off some seriously-catchy riffs imbued with impressive vocal harmonies. Lyrics wise, let's just say the group won't win any Bob Dylan-size plaudits, but the music is good enough to forgive the occasional literal abberation. All in all, enjoyable, briskly-played prog-rock - with the emphasis on rock - which should please fans of Yes, Supertramp, Babe Ruth and Rush. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010.
 Bell + Arc by ARC album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.03 | 10 ratings

BUY
Bell + Arc
Arc Heavy Prog

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

3 stars Missing identity

Following their critically acclaimed debut Arc at this, Arc joined forces with Graham Bell, formerly of Heavy Jelly and Skip Bifferty to form the curiously named Bell + Arc (not Bell and Arc). They release just this self titled album together before the band folded completely a year later, with John Turnbull and Michael Gallagher going on to join Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

The album Bell + Arc did not fare nearly as well as had been hoped in terms of chart success, and copious quantities of the album quickly found their way into the bargain bins of British record shops. Nowadays though, the album has gained belated recognition, and is highly sought after in LP format.

Bell's white soul style vocals are somewhere between Joe Cocker and Paul Rodgers, the opening High priest of Memphis giving him an early chance to stamp his authority on the band's sound. The slightly echoed voice, female backing vocals, and rhythmic piano all contribute to the gospel tinged sound.

During the recording of the album, drummer Rob Tait, who had already replaced the band's founding drummer, was himself replaced by Alan White (later of Yes). White's first appearance here is on the second track Let your love run free, a blues/funk number with a rock and roll rhythm. The track features a Chicago like brass section who drive the repetitive beat forward. Keep a wise mind ventures towards country rock, the simplistic structure and catchy chorus offering little in the way of a challenge.

Side one of the album closes with covers of songs by Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. For both tracks, Ken Craddock moves to organ for the first time on the album, immediately changing the whole atmosphere. Cohen's So long Marianne becomes a soulful ballad emphasising again Bell's proximity style wise to Joe Cocker. Dylan's She belongs to me (from Self portrait) was covered somewhat more radically by the Nice, the version here being a mid-paced blues.

Yat rock is the longest track on the album at a shade over 6 minutes. The title is somewhat misleading, the first part of the song being a melancholy blues of little consequence. Things transform midway as the band ups the pace and bursts into a piano driven jam.

Bell softens things right down for his solo spot Dawn, where his delicate vocal is accompanied only by acoustic guitar. Children of the north prison continues the downbeat mood, acoustic guitar giving way to another orthodox piano based blues. The album closes with Everyday (no relation to other similarly titled songs, this is a Bell + Arc composition), which reverts to the lighter country tinged pop rock style.

Those who were there will recall that 1971 was a wonderful time for music, and especially for prog. If you were going to make it then you not only had to be good, you had to have your own identity. That is where Bell + Arc falls short. While Graeme Bell undoubtedly has a fine voice, the overall sound of the band is undistinguished. The songs and their arrangements simply lack that special ingredient which might have set them apart from their peers. Not a bad album though.

Note that the cover shown here is the original LP cover. The CD re-release uses photos from inside the LP's gatefold sleeve instead.

 At This by ARC album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 28 ratings

BUY
At This
Arc Heavy Prog

Review by raleks

5 stars A can only recommend to listen to this album. Very energetic and melodic stuff. This kind of early prog I like very much. It's pity, that Arc's second album Bell and Arc not so good and even poor, I've looked it for a long time... :(
 At This by ARC album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.48 | 28 ratings

BUY
At This
Arc Heavy Prog

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Arc was a typical but very good quartet that made a go of it during the English post-underground era. They were often hard riff-based but showed Beatles musicality, Stones attitude, and the raised standards pioneered on the early Yes records. Think Supertramp meets Atomic Rooster on a drunken evening in the studio. 'Let Your Love Run Through' is lanky hard blues, relaxed but assertive with a sweet balance between the fuzz twang of John Turnbull's guitar and Michael Gallagher's saloon-style piano. 'Four Times Eight' is almost pure silliness saved by some impressive instrumentation and White Album fun and 'Great Lager Street' is simply great young prog rock, with warm vocal harmonies and delicate keyboard/guitar duets, still with that earthy spirit before things got so convoluted. Just as good and at over seven minutes is 'Hello, Hello Monday', filled with this group's particular style of semi-Baroque hard rock and accomplished playing, a remarkable piece considering the band's almost unknown status. 'Sophie's Cat' is sweet and 'You're in the Garden' is tinctured with acid and CS&N vocal triads.

A real good record that simply didn't stand out in its time, or any time for that matter, and deserves some serious reconsideration from those who like their oldies with a little class.

Thanks to Atavachron for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives