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BURN THE BRIDGES: THE DEMO TAPES 1970-1971

Spirogyra

 

Prog Folk

4.00 | 21 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
4 stars I am generally wary of posthumous releases because some are just bottom of drawers scraps compiled to capitalize on fans. Some are almost scandalous (Coda from Zeppelin , although not the worst is a prime example) but in the case of real sessions such as Lost Trident Sessions from Mahavishnu or the Brand X 75 tapes and Lard Free 71-72 sessions are superb and real gifts for fans because they are real albums. Well this Burn The Bridges album can be likened to the second genre.

This album contains the sessions (called demo but of superb quality) PRIOR to the first album and are totally authentic folk prog. What is especially endearing is that there is no drumming (except on the few loose singles tracks at the end of the CD) and this gives a particular feel to this release as opposed to the historical ones elsewhere in this section. The opening track is certtainly one of the highlight of the album and is maybe the most prog track here. Bring Me Back and Forst Of Dean are also amongst my fave tracks. Jerusalem being maybe the weakest thing here and I Hear You're Going Somewhere (Joe Really) is a real gift being a non-album siongle not included elsewhere is a real gem. Only the title (and closing) track of this release presents reconstruction/tampering with in an otherwise very valuable album.

However do not get your hopes up to high, Bill Bruford and Dave Stewart are nowhere to be heard/seen on this release as wrongly stated in the above info. This album is to be recommended, if you have enjoyed St Radiguns and Bells Boots & Shambles, but should not be heard before those two.

ACTUALLY , I WOULD LIKE TO THANK RON PROGLUCKY FOR PUTTING THIS ALBUM ON THE SITE BECAUSE I PROBABLY WOULD'VE NEVER HEARD OF THIS ONE.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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