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    Posted: June 20 2005 at 16:41

Spooky Tooth were a great band (especially the Spooky 2 album) but I wouldn't classify most of their output as prog. They had a Big Hammond Sound , but that doesn't automatically make you prog.

They were very loud and overblown (which I'm all in favour of as long as it's done by talented musicians), but on their early albums they more fit the description 'psychedelic heavy blues'.

Maybe their more experimental and adventurous stuff (Ceremony) could be included in the archives, but that came in the early 70s so I don't think they pre-date The Nice (or King Crimson) as a prog band.

However you classify them, lovers of old-style prog are likely to enjoy their music

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 20 2005 at 18:18
Agreed Drachen Celebration was a pretty awesome album, that cover with the nail being driven into the temple was damn scary.As for Curved Air they were more than decent but short lived.How many albums do you have to make to be classified prog.Surely one great prog album should be enough.???? Wishbone Ash should be in here for Argus alone.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 05:13

Spooky Tooth is progressive?  Just pop-rock to me....though I love the Spooky Tooth II LP, esp. Hangman Hang My Head from a Tree.....the Last Puff LP is also a gas.  There is a pretty "progesssive" LP they released with the electronic music pioneer Pierre Henri....I think it's called Ceremony (for an Electronic Mass)....this is an album that never would have been made if Mike Harrison hadn't left for a brief spell.  His departure left the door open for Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright to take the band into the more expiremental realm.  Can't say I like the Ceremony LP, but I dig the LPs that bookend it.

As for Curved Air, the first three LPs, culminating with the Phantasmagoria LP, are all recommended.  Tread lightly with the stuff after the 1972.  Why isn't the Phantasmagoria LP in the ProgArchives Top 100?  Dream Theater fans stuffing the ballot box!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 14:28
Originally posted by Intruder

Spooky Tooth is progressive?  Just pop-rock to me....though I love the Spooky Tooth II LP, esp. Hangman Hang My Head from a Tree.....the Last Puff LP is also a gas.  There is a pretty "progesssive" LP they released with the electronic music pioneer Pierre Henri....I think it's called Ceremony (for an Electronic Mass)....this is an album that never would have been made if Mike Harrison hadn't left for a brief spell.  His departure left the door open for Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright to take the band into the more expiremental realm.  Can't say I like the Ceremony LP, but I dig the LPs that bookend it.

As for Curved Air, the first three LPs, culminating with the Phantasmagoria LP, are all recommended.  Tread lightly with the stuff after the 1972.  Why isn't the Phantasmagoria LP in the ProgArchives Top 100?  Dream Theater fans stuffing the ballot box!

Harrison didn`t leave the band for "Ceremony". But Wright left the band after recording "Ceremony".

There are three albums recorded by very diferent line-ups:

"The Last Puff" was recorded after "Ceremony" by Harrison, Grosvenor, Kellie and two members of Joe Cocker`s "Grease" band.

"The Mirror" was recorded after Harrison and Kellie left the band after the "Witness" album in 1974. So, the line-up for "The Mirror" was: Wright (the only remaining original member), Mick Jones, Mike Patto, Bryson Graham and Val Burke. This was their last album for several years.

In 1999, the band appeared again with an album called "Cross Purposes", which was recorded by:Harrison, Kellie, Grosvenor and Greg Ridley (who left the band after "Spooky Two" to join "Humble Pie" in 1969), four original members. Ridley died two or three years ago.

There is a line-up of Spooky Tooth playing concerts in the present:Harrison, Kellie, Wright and two new members. See www.spookytooth.com for more details.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 15:24
well if i am right, judas priest made a cover of a spooky tooth song in their stained class record in 1978. i think the song's name was better by you better than me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 15:50
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In the book "Peter Frame:The Complete Rock Family Trees", he says that Keith Emerson was in the band called "Art" (AKA  "V.I.P.S.") for a few weeks. The band in 1967 changed their name to "Art" and recorded an album called "Supernatural FairyTales". They also appear in an album called "Hapshash and the Coloured Coat" ("they provided backing tracks"; I don`t know nothing about this album, if it is a soundtrack for a film or what).The line-up of "Art" was:Greg Ridley, Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie and Luther Grosvenor. When Gary Wright joined the band, the name of the band was changed to "Spooky Tooth", in October 1967.

I have listened to their "Spooky Two" and "The Mirror" albums. I like both albums. Peter Frame says that "Spooky Tooth" was released in March 1969, and "The Mirror" in October 1974.Both albums are available on CD.

"The Mirror" is available on CD but without the original cover. It was also released on CD with another title and cover, as "Comic Violence", and it also has the order of the tracks changed.

Hapshash and the Coloured Cat released one album named "Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids".

I never heard it, but according to Tibor Kneif's "Encyclopedia of Rock Music Terms" it was one of the most chaotic albums of all times, comparable with the frst album of Amon Düül (not to be confused with Amon Düül 2). I sincerely doubt Keith Emerson provided backing tracks for this; the musicians of Hapshash were not very accomplished, if one can believe the encyclopedia. The flair of that album supposedly stems from the naivety they played their instruments with.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 16:28
Originally posted by BaldFriede

Originally posted by Guillermo


In the book "Peter Frame:The Complete Rock Family Trees", he says that Keith Emerson was in the band called "Art" (AKA  "V.I.P.S.") for a few weeks. The band in 1967 changed their name to "Art" and recorded an album called "Supernatural FairyTales". They also appear in an album called "Hapshash and the Coloured Coat" ("they provided backing tracks"; I don`t know nothing about this album, if it is a soundtrack for a film or what).The line-up of "Art" was:Greg Ridley, Mike Harrison, Mike Kellie and Luther Grosvenor. When Gary Wright joined the band, the name of the band was changed to "Spooky Tooth", in October 1967.


I have listened to their "Spooky Two" and "The Mirror" albums. I like both albums. Peter Frame says that "Spooky Tooth" was released in March 1969, and "The Mirror" in October 1974.Both albums are available on CD.


"The Mirror" is available on CD but without the original cover. It was also released on CD with another title and cover, as "Comic Violence", and it also has the order of the tracks changed.



Hapshash and the Coloured Cat released one album named "Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids".


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I never heard it, but according to Tibor Kneif's "Encyclopedia of Rock Music Terms" it was one of the most chaotic albums of all times, comparable with the frst album of Amon Düül (not to be confused with Amon Düül 2). I sincerely doubt Keith Emerson provided backing tracks for this; the musicians of Hapshash were not very accomplished, if one can believe the encyclopedia. The flair of that album supposedly stems from the naivety they played their instruments with.



They released two albums, the second was "Western Flyer", more conventional than the first, that was really totally freak-out, a sort of Pre-Kraut-Rock made in London...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 21 2005 at 16:29
...Curved Air, fantastic group and Sonja Kristina was so amazing...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 22 2005 at 10:58
Originally posted by BaldFriede

Hapshash and the Coloured Cat released one album named "Featuring the Human Host and the Heavy Metal Kids".

 

& The Coloured Cat ....... a nice slip and good alternative name for the album - from the orange shades on the cover artwork: Tabby for short????.

 

One of those album I heard only the once in the late 60's and had fond memories for about 30 years without rehearing it - then I made the mistake of buying the CD. The the advantage of 30+years of hindsight, this may be called hippydom  taking a concept of Lennon's Give Peace A Chance several steps beyond, i.e. the amateur friends bashing and crashing on instruments with low levels of ability but great degrees of enthusiasm. Now in more sober times, a painful listen which has destroyed those fond memories. Only musician of note I seem to remember is Tony McPhee playing bongos (but note, he is the long term lead guitarist/vocalist of the Groundhogs). 

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