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    Posted: June 10 2011 at 21:39
Anyone recommend similar artists?
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3 stars Warm sounds from this unassuming English foursome who played the earthy rock/jazz/pop alchemy so available to bands of the time. They do a lovely job, too, and show an earnest feel for the music. Familiarities as Brubeck, Van Morrison, and BS&T are here as well as peers like Raw Material or The Running Man. And I hear little problem with the production on the reissue-- it sounds as the original did, full and round.

There is, however, a good deal of musical derivation that distracts from a full embrace of the material, the band more than once imitating any number of jazz & pop standards, e.g. 'Fever', 'Moondance', and other hits. Perhaps in 1971 that was still cool. Bucolic notes and a taste of Zep circa '69 for 'Just Like Stone', a perfectly nice vocal number from keyboardist Paul French and windman Dave Knowles. Blues-jazz 'Don't Make Me Cry' has some surprises at nine minutes (these guys can play), and eastern chimes open 'Flying South in Winter' with strong flavors of Bo Hansson from French's wonderfully dusty organ. Some moody bluesdom and echoplex pop in 'Dreams', closing on parts 1 & 2 of 'Natural High', a masterful display of freeform progressive jazzrock at its most genuine. Very nice if flawed.

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Thank you very much, not really what I was looking for, and I don't agree with your review either. Too analytic. It's a 5-star band. It doesn't matter if their influences were derived from previous artists.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Atavachron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 11 2011 at 04:03
bull--  that's a positive review with a few honest criticisms

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and that was my honest criticism of your criticism
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and another thing; if you're not interested in the artists I compare the band to, you may not really like that kind of stuff


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Anyone called after the nickname given to a Haitian paramilitary force wouldn't have their problems to seek but:

You might also like Zzebra who assimilated african, funk and rock elements into their fusion style. The criminally under appreciated Tommy Eyre was the keyboard player.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m99X6jDK2lA



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Originally posted by dubovsky

Anyone recommend similar artists?


I think of Cressida/Asylum, a band in the same "precious" stream.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dubovsky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 19 2011 at 21:43
I'm trying to bump this thread. Maybe someone can give me some obscure bands I don't know of that are comparable to Tonton.

Thank you for the Cressida and Zzebra recommendations. I've already heard of Cressida, they don't have that jazzy influence to me though.

Zzebra is interesting
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