Finally I got around to the fourth and fine album release by Gravy Train, as with the former albums re-released and re-mastered by the excellent Esoteric Recordings, the sound is crisp and clear. This edition comes with 2 bonus tracks and as always a fine booklet.
This and the former album are my fav albums by his great band, they have a knack for blending classic UK rock with prog tendencies, as only the UK musicians can. The immediate spontaneous musical ideas they have build their tunes on are evident, but one also can hear the developement that grew during studio time. At times very original and of course time of year and period hinged. I find this album their best ,many will disagree, so it should be, we cant all agree and opinions differ and what a good thing that is!
Now back to this album, the 8 original tracks are here with, as mentioned 2 bonus tracks from a single, thus A and B side.
When I speak of prog here in this context, it is of course not related to the later years of prog and understanding, many things have changed over the years musically. This albums content are pure, real and brilliant rock mixed with early prog, from the days were musicians were independent and true to their original ideas, so much so that the smart money greedy promoters stayed clear. Lets leave that to the pop circuits.
Luckily these guys found a good record company, that believed in them...as much as they believed in themselves! Now luckily they are here again for you and me enjoy, with renewed sound and extended booklet and the added essay.
So welcome back to the wonder years of the 70´ where prog were born and musicians dared! Oh and some of the great record companies then created sub-genre companies in order to sign these new "strange" artists and bands, that against all odds, had an ever growing fan club!!
This is UK brilliance...the beginning of an era in UK rock/prog.
Oh, please dont expect : Long epic tracks / Synthesizers / High flying guitar soli !!
This is back to the truth!!