This awesome but underrated record from unjustly forgotten US band from Boston was released on Cotillion Records in 1972 and contained very ambitious, well-arranged and truly inspired, jazzy progressive rock with memorable and complex tracks, full of interesting ideas. Their music was characterized by ﬁne electric guitar & Hammond phrases mixed with excellent and intensive violin, ﬂute and sax solo parts. Because the Guns & Butter’s line-up was predominantly jewish, there was more than a hint of traditional jewish music in their sound, which gave them a unique and distinctive sound. This beautifully varied and simply stunning music can be compared to early Kansas, Jethro Tull and Darryl Way’s Wolf…
The sole album of this great, but underrated British progressive band was released in 1975 on small Retreat Records. This powerful but still unknown album LP was mostly inspired by early Genesis records, but some Yes and Camel inﬂuences were also palpable. The quartet offered varied, imaginative and beautifully-arranged songs with excellent and quite heavy guitar parts, inventive and truly amazing keyboards phrases, very complex and busy drumming and ﬁne vocals. This memorable will deﬁnitely appeal to all fans of creative, progressive music.
It may be hard to believe, but this is the CD debut of this little-known, British progressive record. Released on Decca Records in 1977, the only First Aid album offer a varied, well-arranged and pompous concept album (very often recorded with studio orchestra) based on Nostradamus and his prophecies. The strongest moment of the entire record is 13-minute closing track, the real progressive monster full of inventive guitar and keyboards interplay. This memorable music will surely appeal to all fans of Camel, Yes, Strange Days and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It should be noted, that 8 years earlier drummer Dave Freeman had played (together with guitarist Allan Holdworth) in very fine, jazzy-progressive band 'Igginbottom.
Released in June 1971 by RCA Victor, this completely instrumental Continuum's second album featured jazz influenced classical music played by two line-ups of highly proficient musicians. Side 1 was performed by the new, more 'progressive' band and included two amazing folk-jazz-classical long cuts with rock rhythm section and full of awesome Hammond organ, flute and saxophone parts. In contrast, the classically structured, 27-minutes long title suite (which occupied the entire Side 2 of the original vinyl) consisted of strings, cello, double bass, percussion and plenty of flute parts and was performed by the four members from the band's debut.
Released in March 1971 (by independent Silence label) the Fläsket Brinner's debut is considered as one of the very best Swedish records of early 70's progressive era. A large part of the album was recorded live in concert (in December 1970 - when the band opened for The Mothers Of Invention), while some shorter tracks were done live in studio. This completely instrumental record was dominated by long, hypnotic jams full of raw guitars, very fluid saxophone/flute parts and tasty Hammond sounds - backed by solid and very busy rhythm section. The music was shifted very easily from folk or jazz to heavy progressive - with Zappa's complexity, King Crimson's eclecticism and Deep Purple-like intensity…
East of Eden (1971). East Of Eden was founded in 1967 in Bristol. Their line-up included Dave Arbus (electric violin, flute, saxophone), Ron Caines (alto sax), Geoff Nicholson (guitar, vocals), Steve York (bass guitar) and Dave Dufont (percussion). By the time this third album came out, little was left of the original spirit of East Of Eden and only violinist Dave Arbus of the original line-up. They had changed from one progressive label Deram to another Harvest, but also lost their experimental edge in the process…
This is NOT a better-known Demian group from Texas (popular for their classic, heavy rock LP on ABC Records from 1971), but completely different band which recorded their album… in Austin! This privately pressed and now very rare concept album was issued in 1974 by local Starburst label. It contains an excellent and quite eloquent rock opera, which sounds like 'The Doors meets early Bloodrock' - with trippy organ work and very ﬁne and strong vocals similar to early David Bowie and Arthur Brown! It's very enjoyable record, with plenty of great hooks, an unusual psychedelic sounds and solid, hard rock music with a distinct, progressive tones. lt’s really hard to believe that this excellent LP was never reissued before! This CD edition was mastered from the original, pristine vinyl.
Crabby Appleton will always be remembered for their fantastic Go Back’ single, a brooding slice of power pop that reached #36 in June 1970. The band's debut album released on Elektra Records at the same time was a fairly diverse mix of harder rock statements and delicate tunes (sometimes recalled the baroque-pop of late 6o’s The Zombies or the Left Banke), although touches of psychedelic jamming (in early The Doors/Iron Butterﬂy vein) and classical-inﬂuenced Hammond organ passages (similar to The Nice) could be heard as well. It's worth noting that 2 years earlier vocalist Michael Fennelly was a part of Millennium band, the sunshine pop-psych project whose ‘Begin’ album has since garnered enormous cult recognition.
This is CD premiere of one of the best and also the most underrated, soft-progressive rock albums ever recorded in UK! The sole, eponymous LP of this British band was released in 1973 by EMI Columbia label, unfortunately in France only! There's no infomtation available about the band (even their ﬁrst names) except the fact they came from Telford area in Shropshire and were previously known as Fluff. The music itself is best described as very melodic, early Badﬁnger (well done vocal harmonies, catchy melodies) combined with George Harrison (beautiful electric / acoustic guitars sound), some hard rock (on few tracks) and progressive rock inﬂuences (occasional mellotron passages, changing moods). It's an album which can't be missed!
The only LP from this very ﬁne, but still ignored US psychedelic rock band from Milwaukee was released by MGM Records in June 1970. Led by the talented organist Sigmund Snopek III the band showed inﬂuences of The Nice, The Doors, Love & The Moody Blues (with distinguish, eclectic organ/piano parts; fuzzy and intense guitars & very complex vocals) and have offered a varied, imaginative and well-arranged pop-psychedelic songs with strong, early-progressive and even classical attitude. Unfortunately, this kind of music probably sounded dated for mid-1970 and the group split-up soon after their performance at Atlanta Pop Festival. In 1972 Snopek released a minor progressive rock classic 'Virginia Woolf' LP. This CD has been expanded with 3 rare single tracks!