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PYE FYTE

Crossover Prog • United States


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Pye Fyte originated from Ashland, Massachusetts and was practically an American duo, multi-instrumentalist John McNamara and drummer Mark Cella. John has been playing the guitar since he was 7 and developed himself over the years to an accomplished keyboardist, playing with local bands Cube, Canvas Sky, Gravety and New Day Nation. Upon meeting Cella they established Pye Fyte and recorded the album ''The Gathering of The Krums'' at the Powerhouse Studio in Ayre with the help of ex-Blind Owl Bruce Alger on additional keyboards, Jim Ames on bass, Tim Kelly on lead voices and some guest singers in backing choirs. The album, originally released in 1998, was a praised as a return to the stylings of 70's Prog with symphonic, rural and psychedelic touches, based on McNamara's impressive Mellotron parts, but the project was apparently short-lived. Both leaders of Pye Fyte remained in the business, McNamara still writes music and performs around the Massachusetts area, while Cella was involved for at least a decade in the emerging Prog act Eccentric Orbit, which he launched along with bassist Bill Noland and Blind Owl's Bruce Alger.

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3.73 | 14 ratings
The Gathering Of The Krums
1998

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 The Gathering Of The Krums by PYE FYTE album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.73 | 14 ratings

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Review by maryes

4 stars I found very interesting this only work of the North American band PYE FYTE.. Interesting due to the fact that, same presenting certain similarity with some bands as for instance GENESIS, KERYE ELLEISON, PROCOL HARUM, FOCUS etc... Such influences are well diluted in the arrangements and only in some brief moments you get to notice with some clarity these influences. Another fact that called me plenty the attention was the use of the melotron with main "builder" of the musical harmonies and the use of the hammond as main keyboard for the solos and more the guitar timbre with a preference for the use of analogical effects instead of the digital ones. For this reason my rate i 4 stars!!!

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 The Gathering Of The Krums by PYE FYTE album cover Studio Album, 1998
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Review by tszirmay
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3 stars This is another unknown or at the very least, woefully underrated little ditty that furtively pockmark the prog landscape, an offering from New England that features some innovative textures that belie their New World origins. In fact, there is a heavy English undertow, with massive waves of mellotron as well as assorted other keyboards that flirt with the medieval progster-likes of Gryphon, Gentle Giant and the Morrigan but slashing it with a discernibly original taint. So who are these guys? Two, really. Leader John McNamara handles guitars, bass, mellotron, Moog and Hammond with wizardry and aplomb. Drummer Mark Cella keeps things sharp and percussive. They are aided by a few guests (Tim Kelly on passable vocals, Jim Ames on bass and Bruce Alger on soloing synths and organs). Tracks like the supreme "The Return" really have all the proggy goods, with stellar mood and spectral playing, a true treat that is a definite highpoint of this strange hard to peg disc. "Leaves" is equally bizarre, simple melodies swooned by a harsh guitar and romantic cascades of mellotron to give it even more British feel , sort of like a "heavy" Mike Oldfield in a way. The buccaneering organ swells on "The Party" are captivating, the strained vocals less so but the instrumental expertise is just so high quality. But best is saved for last, as the final two epics really blaze proudly in the night, crackling with broad strokes of superb craftsmanship on the 14 minute + "Fields" , such as the swirling synth web and the hulking mellotron passages and some spirited melodies expelled by both the voice and the synths. The soloing starts heating up seriously, infusing a strong cosmic-jam feel that is most delicious, the axe licks particularly intense. Lots of different mood swings on this menu , including some near-punk ranting, breezy fluff and synthesized bliss. "Depth of Time' is the fantastic closer, probably the most engaging track here, with great pacing and atmospheres. All in all, a valid testament to underproduced works that often have more courage and daring than some of those overpolished antiseptic ones. Veeeeery interesting...Keyboard zealots will have to kneel at this shrine for a sec . 3.5 crummy beers

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Review by wobbly

4 stars Well, its not a masterpiece, but then again its not a dog. If you like pompous keyboards a la 70's but with up-to-date recording quality and a shameless 'good time' feel, you could do a lot worse. I would probably have said 3 stars, but I'm actually going to say 4 to compensate for the misery who only gave it one!

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Review by Tonny Larz

5 stars Whooooa...this wonderfull record...was presented to me by my good friend and prog- mate Leo (thanks mate!!)...an its an absolute GEM!!! Keyboards a plenty and loads of Mellotron. So if youre into guitar solo´s an heroes ditto.. forget about it..this is pure keyboard/Mellotron magic!!! From the intro...to the wonderfull:"The Return".....with the fantastic JohnMcNamara on keys (a plenty)and guest : Bruce Alger on Moog soloing. Tim Kelly doing the vocals sounding sometimes like a young greg Lake. Marc cella doing extremely well on the drums. This is a fabulous prog gem!!! This is without a doubt, the most interesting keyboard loaded prog record in many a time. What am I TALKING ABOUT?This record is from 1998??? How can that be?? How could we ( the prog society) go past this??? 8 tracks...with the 2 last one´s ringing in at 10 min. plus!!! Im lost for words!! All Keyboardfreaks out there.....Get up..get out...GET THIS (if you can)!!!! Its a beautiful day....tra..la..la......

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