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    Posted: May 08 2008 at 03:20
Yes, I know, the pattern...Whistler disappears, Whistler returns with a new band to tout, Whistler makes a few random posts, rinse, repeat as necessary, etc.
 
However, High Tide is in no way going to topple any works of Anderson, Morrison, Meloy and...uh...Other any time soon. Mr. Tony Hill is, however, a pretty damn good guitarist, and I like this Sea Shanties thing very much.
 
Oh, and, added gloat factor! To all those who complained when I said the Sabs weren't very original: "Well, who else was that heavy in '69?" I answer: No one. High Tide was, however, heavier.
 
God, I swear, House's violin in "Futilist's Lament" and "Death Warmed Over" (my personal fave) is sometimes so bleeding heavy that I can't tell it's a violin. Not to mention that the rhythm section ain't bad at all, and Hill's Jim-Morrison-meets-Roger-Waters vocals are real keen (the lyrics...perhaps not so much, but, two outta three ain't bad).
 
In other words, hey! Another old band that no one cares about that I can adore.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2008 at 18:29
Friede and I are big fans of High Tide; the first 3 albums are great, although the 3rd ("Precious Cargo") is totally different from the other 2. not heavy at all, but very psychedelic.
oh, and it was I who had them added to the archives Wink


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2008 at 19:05
I've only heard the first two albums, but I like High Tide muchly too -- one of my favourite bands in the Heavy Prog category.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2008 at 19:07
Originally posted by Logan

I've only heard the first two albums, but I like High Tide muchly too -- one of my favourite bands in the Heavy Prog category.
 
Ditto
 
I absolutely love their s/t album! The Joke's intro is sublime!
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2008 at 21:59
listening to Shanties right now, these guys had some B A L L S

a very drunk Butterfly backing a very sober Morrison


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 08 2008 at 22:45
..and the bonus tracks are fantastic!  'Great Universal protection Racket' ..are you kidding me?! for 1969?!!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 09 2008 at 00:21
Count me in as a fellow fan of "Death Warmed Up"... One of the very best instrumentals ever! Clap The duel between violin and guitar is to die for (pun intendedLOL).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 18 2008 at 03:42
Ah yes, now I'm plugging my thread...
 
Yeah, I've since listened to the track that's listed on their page here, and, it's pretty sweet. I'll have to get more into these lads. And figure out an excuse to review 'em.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2008 at 00:49
the complexity and contradiction within High Tide brings out the heaviest music of 1969 for sure
 
but even after that the improvisations and crunching sounds doesnt stop, they are not only the first really really heavy progressive band but occasionally i can look at them as the first heavy metal band as well.
 
if u compare the fist album with sabbaths first;  overall Sea Shanties is heavier for sure... althouh Black Sabbath is a very heavy song but the rest of the album is ordinary hard rock
 
and lyrically, its not songs that they sing, its poems really... and great ones as well...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2008 at 08:13
I was just listening to the Moody Blues album, to our children's children's children, and the intro song Higher and Higher could have been a High Tide song.
 
anyway, High Tide indeed rocks, totally love it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 28 2008 at 08:32
Originally posted by psychyard

 
and lyrically, its not songs that they sing, its poems really... and great ones as well...


I rarely read lyrics or try or find out what its really about., and I haven't done that with High Tide either. But all their lyrics have a very attractive gloomy, melancholic feel to them, especially Saneonymous. I get goosebumps just by thinking about that track.

This is one band I know I got to thank one or both the baldies for checking out. I think one of the first posts I read here was one about Jean or Friede being disappointed for not getting any feedback on a High Tide thread. I bought the debut and loved it instantly, so thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 31 2008 at 11:45
hell yeah, glad other people know about this band! very happy to have found the forum here!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2008 at 08:34
Sounds like a nice band.. time to investigate some more about em.. Geek
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2008 at 11:26
Absolutely worth checking out, Zargus, especially their first two albums. The third ("Precious Cargo") is also very good, but TOTALLY different. It was recorded 1970 but not released until 1984 or 1985.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2008 at 11:29
I have Sea Shanties (actually I won the self-titled on eBay but got sent Sea Shanties instead, but it's apparently better so I was happy) and it's good stuff to rock out to.  The version I have has some great bonus tracks too, which are almost as nice as the album songs.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 01 2008 at 11:51
Originally posted by Bluesaga

I have Sea Shanties (actually I won the self-titled on eBay but got sent Sea Shanties instead, but it's apparently better so I was happy) and it's good stuff to rock out to.  The version I have has some great bonus tracks too, which are almost as nice as the album songs.

Well, the second album is definitely great too; if you can get it, by all means do.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2008 at 20:29
Hello about the HT albums the 1969 effort was one of the most amazing and heavy stuff that was released.
 
"Death Warmed Up", was one of the most heaviest track that any progressive band done.
 
The interaction beetween the violin and the guitar is orgiastic!!! so fast that the first time that i hear it i couln't believe it.
 
Their heavyness was terrific, i can only compare them in this terms with the second album of Rovescio della medaglia Io Come Io,  without the violin, but  this album was released in 1972.
 
Great albums the first two!!!
 
Cheers
 
 
 


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