måndag 23 maj 2016


Though the band only existed three years in that short time they succeeded to create an almost unattainable standard for the early prog scene through a perfect blend of masterful performance and true feeling. I can't think of any other combo that could combine such complicated tonal and lyrical arrangements with catchy melodic structures and making it sound like the most natural thing in the world. This compilation, released just after the band broke up, has three cuts from their debute album and one - "I Can't Live Without You" - previously unissued from those 1968/69 sessions. "The Grass Is Greener" is a different take than on Valentine Suite. A similar version can be found on the US The Grass Is Greener album, but with slightly alternate edit. Both "Rope Ladder To The Moon" and"Jumping Off The Sun" did show up on the US TGIG LP, but the ones here sounds like largely different versions with the latter having Chris Farlow on vocals instead of the original Dave Clempson. So there are rarities for everyone here, no matter what other issues you're accustomed to, and enough good music to satisfy even the most discerning listener. Originally issued all over Europe, downunder and Japan on Bronze or Island. UK 1993 CD on Sequel Records (NEX CD 255). Premiere UK had label as shown here and structured cover. (CÖL*) (PRÖZ*) (PÖP*)

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