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Rare Bird


Crossover Prog

3.80 | 109 ratings

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3 stars Signed to the famous old Charisma label along with the likes of Genesis and Van Der Graaf Generator, Rare Bird were one of the earliest purveyors of symphonic prog, utilising a double- keyboard approach, thick bass-lines, yearning vocals and galloping drums. The band excelled in creating tricksy, ever-shifting tunes and melodies with complex, inter-changing time signatures and for a brief while Rare Bird were the equal of both their label-mates Genesis and proto-proggers Procul Harum. Their eponymously-titled debut features a wonderfully dense, classic progressive rock sound, with exciting rockers interspersed with gentler, more pastoral numbers and classically-themed pieces that showcase the talented skills of organist Graham Field and synth-player Dave Kaffinetti. Highlights include the up-tempo 'Beautiful Scarlet', which kicks things off nicely with some wonderful organ-drums-bass interplay, the jazz-tinged symphonic rock of 'Iceberg' and, last but by no means least, the seminal ballad 'Sympathy', a huge-selling single(two million copies, no less) which, for a brief while, made Rare Bird a household name at the beginning of the 1970's. Those with a penchant for old- school prog, crisply-played hammond organs and soulful vocals should feel right at home. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010
stefro | 3/5 |


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