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Beggars Opera


Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 151 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars Someone left the cake out in the rain

"Pathfinder" followed on nicely from the superb "Waters of change" album. Generally not quite up to the standard of it's predecessor, this is nonetheless a highly creditable piece of work, with many fine tracks.

The best offerings are probably the first three tracks, which constitute side one of the LP. "Hobo" would have fitted in well on "Waters of change", being a keyboards driven piece. It is quite upbeat for Beggar's Opera, but retains the distinctive vocals and melodic content.

The band's version of Jim Webb's "Macarthur park" has been derided in the past, but for me it's a worthy interpretation, which gives the song a completely different feel to the version made famous by actor Richard Harris in the 1960's (a single which was many years ahead of its time). The remaining tracks are generally of a high standard, with dominant keyboards, and quality vocals. "From shark to haggis" is a fun instrumental which seamlessly moves from a "Jaws" type theme, to a Scottish jig!

A further slice of quality 70's prog from this talented band. If you enjoyed "Waters of change", you'll enjoy this.

The LP had an original fold out sleeve, which became a cardboard poster 6 times the size of an LP sleeve.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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