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It's A Beautiful Day



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3 stars I have only discovered this band some seven years ago. Even if the San Fran scene was rather interesting, it was quite alien to this side of the Atlantic (except JA, but thanks to "Woodstock" mainly).

The music featured on this debut does remind an awful lot to the "Airplane" + some wonderful violin moments ("White Bird"). This debut is quite an interesting album: dramatically psychedelic, wonderfully melodic, and passionate: you name it all.

The extremely positive points about this release are the vocal harmonies which are combined with superb violin and harpsichord. Some over forty years after release, this album sounds fresh and modern. Of course, I am profoundly driven into the psychedelic years. A song as "Hot Summer Day" sounds just as an enchantment to my ears. A second highlight probably. The first being the great "White Bird".

I have to confess that "Waste union Blues" and "Girl With No Eyes" are not on par. To be fully honest (as I have always been), I came up to know this band thanks to "Bombay Calling". THE original opening part of the superb, gigantic, phenomenal, gorgeous, splendid "Child In Time".

Purple borrowed it as led Zep did with plenty of their songs from their first two albums. This instrumental is just crazy and deserve a listen. I guess that MANY "Purple" fans don't know anything about this previous act to "Child In Time".

As such, this version is really worth your listening: great violin that provides some nice Oriental flavour and beautiful beat (even if Ritchie's guitar is one of the best available on this side of the rocking planet).

This album closes on the good "Time Is" which is a long psyche ecstasy: loose, chaotic and totally out of the norms?

I would say that it was about time because "Bulgaria" was rather weak (third one of the type). As a conclusion, I would say that this is a good album. Few people have listened to it and I can only recommend you to do so.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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