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Culpeper's Orchard


Eclectic Prog

3.31 | 34 ratings

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3 stars This folky prog band from Denmark had an English vocalist Cy Nicklin, who also was the main writer of music. I've read that the debut Culpeper's Orchard (1971) is partly closer to heavy prog and it's compared to e.g. early Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull. There's some raw-ish rocking on this one too, but perhaps it focusses on more peaceful, blues and country flavoured folk-rock. I don't hear very much of prog, sad to say. The songs got less and less interesting towards the end... but oh wait, there were actually many bonus tracks that were all worse than the main album. Well, the majority of album tracks too made no notable impression on me. My favourite track is the ballad 'Autumn of It All' written by multi-instrumentalist Michael Friis. In it the acoustically oriented sound of the band is at its finest.

There are some nice vocal harmonies. Nicklin's (?) vocals remind me of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, at least on 'Mind Pollution'. As in Le Orme album that I reviewed a moment ago, a nice cover painting that I - again! - have on a book cover too (the book is about John Bauer, the author of the painting). A funny coincidence... 2 stars for this uneven album, rounded up because of such marginal prog country.

Matti | 3/5 |


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