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Aunt Mary


Eclectic Prog

2.96 | 42 ratings

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Jeff Carney
4 stars Reading some of the reviews for this truly leaves me concerned as to whether the goal is sometimes to try the first couple of tracks from an album and then report here about how "prog" it is.

An excellent album, Aunt Mary's Loaded covers quite a bit of ground. This is certainly a hard rock album, but it is much more. "Delight" would not be out of place on some obscure RPI album from 1970 or 1971, with amazing multi-falsetto vocals finding harmony in a sensationally catchy chorus that is draped over a soft acoustic guitar backdrop. Pt. II of "Farewell My Friend" is like some amazing ELP outtake, with bass that cuts through a minefield of ripping organ work. In fact, the latter part of the album really sounds quite ELP-influenced, but often retains a riffing style more in the Deep Purple vein.

The CD released by Phillips/Polygram sounds excellent. No credit that I can find but very nicely mastered by somebody with a nice ear for this album and an obvious appreciation for what seems to have already been a quality engineering job on the original recordings. If Deep Purple appeals to you and you have a soft spot for a bit of an early 70s progressive twist on that sound, this is going to hit the spot.

Jeff Carney | 4/5 |


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