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Autumn People


Crossover Prog

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3 stars US 70's obscurity with little info to be found considering it, coming from the hot lands of Phoenix, Arizona.Autumn People were Larry Clark on vocals/guitar, Cliff Spiegel on bass/vocals, Danny Poff on keyboards/vocals and Steve Barazza on drums/vocals.They released their sole and pretty rare self-titled album in 1976 on Soundtech Records.

Unlike the band's name, Autumn People played warm and sensitive music, rather similar to their land of origin, having a strong melodic sense and even flirting with Pomp Rock at moments, while definite nostalgic psychedelic touches are obvious in their sound.They recalled groups such as STYX, FAIRCHILD, Canadians ROSE and KANSAS, trying to mix melodic sensibilities with some more intricate musical structures, where the soft guitar touches of Larry Clark meet the diverse keyboard parts of Danny Poff, including organ and synthesizers.The tracks are memorable with occasional Hard Rock touches in the guitar moves and laid-back psychedelic atmospheres, while the vocals are simply great, clean and emotional singing from start to the very end.The longer tracks rely definitely under a more proggy vibe, blending guitar Hard Rock with pompous, orchestral keyboards and melodic vocal arrangements.

After their disbanding Clark collaborated in some groups with keyboardist Charles Thaxton from Magik Dayze, the most notable of which were the 80's Rush-influenced act Galileo II, that released the archival album ''Transmissions'' in 1999.Keyboardist Danny Poff remained linked with the music scene, performing occasionally around the area of Northern Arizona.

Beautiful Melodic/Psychedelic Rock, where the guitar work and vocals shines through and the keyboards add the discreet progressive flavor.Nothing more or less, warmly recommended.There is a CD reissue out by Radioactive Records.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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