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3.05 | 7 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD1 (Argent LP):
1. Like Honey
2. Liar
3. Be Free
4. Schoolgirl
5. Dance In The Smoke
6. Lonely Hard Road
7. The Feeling's Inside
8. Freefall
9. Stepping Stone
10. Bring You Joy

CD2 (Ring Of Hands LP):
1. Celebration
2. Sweet Mary
3. Cast Your Spell Uranus
4. Lothloren
5. Chained
6. Rejoice
7. Pleasure
8. Sleep Won't Me
9. Where Are We Going Wrong

Line-up / Musicians

- Rod Argent / keyboards, vocals
- Russ Ballard / lead vocals, guitars
- Bob Henrit / drums
- Jim Rodford / bass

Releases information

This remastered C & P 2000 Beat Goes On (cat number 480)
Licensed by Sony Music Entertrainment

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ARGENT Argent/ Ring Of Hands ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (14%)

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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars No cause for Celebration

A straightforward pairing of Argent's first two albums. Perhaps they would not quite fit on a single CD (both albums are around the standard LP length of 40 minutes) but it does seem somewhat lazy to simply release them as a double CD package devoid of bonus tracks. With a little imagination, perhaps the band's excellent third album "All together now" could have been used to fill the great void on each disc.

Anyway, content grumble's aside, these two albums saw Argent very much finding their way. Unlike other bands who hit the ground running, Argent had a couple of false starts before they really hit their stride with the aforementioned third album. The first, self titled album is a collection of fairly na´ve songs. They are highly enjoyable, but lean towards the sophisticated pop territory of 10CC rather than the prog the band explored on later albums. Only the organ drenched "Dance in the smoke" shows any significant indication of the type of music the band would later develop.

"Ring of hands" is a disappointing affair. Apart from the de facto title track "Celebration", there is little to recommend this turgid, rather jazz based affair. Whether Russ Ballard was having an off day, or Rod Argent decided to dominate the album, either way the album is more akin to the post Ballard Argent albums "Counterpoints" and "Circus" than to their classic years. Only the unsuccessful single "Celebration" is notable, but even this is a simple pop song.

Although this collection is the starting point for Argent, it should not be the starting point for those wishing to explore their music. Better to pass on by and go straight to the subsequent releases.

Latest members reviews

4 stars NOT A BIG DREAM FOR A NEW BAND OF OLD REINCARNATION... AND I I LIKE IT IT ISNLY BECASE THIS IS ONLY R'n'R! Another 2 albums in one release. In this case 2 albums, the 1st and the 2nd Argent's albums in 2 CDs. This fact is good for me. Normally I bought this typpe of release because the final ... (read more)

Report this review (#242312) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Thursday, October 1, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars CD1 ARGENT: REALLY 3,91 (GOOD BUY! Good addition in your discography) CD2: RING OF HANDS: REALLY 3,55 (GOOD BUY! Good addition in your discography) THIS RELEASED: REALLY 3,73 (GOOD BUY! Good addition in your discography) ARGENT: Good disk of adolescent prog. I should say that the songs listen t ... (read more)

Report this review (#66226) | Posted by | Monday, January 23, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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