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4 stars Excellent rare and unique album in early 70's Prog!

This obscure British band that followed the opposite way of many others and migrated to the rather small country Netherlands made one of the most original and unique music ever existing in early or proto-prog. In fact IMHO they were that good that only the biggest prog bands like Genesis, King Crimson or Yes and not before a few years later were better. Based on a kind of guitar/organ-rock typical for early 70's their music is characterized by great vocal harmonies mainly with multiple voices and flute by Jessica Stanley-Clarke. On their debut they were presenting a very playful classically influenced proto-prog in five more or less lengthy compositions. Driving factor is the quite complex interplay between guitar and organ enriched with several solos on both instruments. Whenever the flute is coming more into focus the music becomes more elegiac and dreamy, at times jazzy. The album is a very versatile one creating a rather relaxed atmosphere with a sound never becoming to hard at any moment and by using taped sound effects like musical-clock or crows' croaking they are even adding up some variation.

Highlights: Well it's hard to name any, since the whole album is one, but to mention at least two, maybe the vocally dominated one And The Eagle Chased The Dove To Its Ruin and the instrumental one Ab Initio Ad Finem (The Opera) with awesome organ play and drumming.

Without any hesitation I'd recommend their two albums to any lover of unique early 70's prog and this debut absolutely deserves 4 (4,5) stars.

hdfisch | 4/5 |


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