segunda-feira, 25 de agosto de 2008

Freedom - Through The Years (1971 Hard Rock Bluesy)


GREAT BAND!! GREAT ALBUM!! MAIS UMA POSTAGEM DESTA EXCELENTE BANDA BRITÂNICA QUE FAZIA UM HARD ROCK COM PITADAS BLUES DE PRIMEIRÍSSIMA LINHA!! O DISCO JÁ COMEÇA FORTE COM UMA PEGADA HARD EM "FREESTONE"!! A FAIXA "THROUGH THE YEARS" JÁ TRABALHA MAIS COM UMA GUITARRA ACÚSTICA AO ESTILO DAS BANDAS SULISTAS AMERICANAS!! UMA OBRA!! BEM, O DISCO TODO É UMA OBRA E POR ISSO SÓ DESTACO MAIS A FAIXA 5 "THANKS" UMA BALADA MONUMENTAL A QUAL EU DEDICO E ACONSELHO AO MEU AMIGO NÊNE DA CIDADE DE IJUÍ/RS, UM GRANDE ADMIRADOR DE BOAS BALADAS DO ROCK E AQUI ESTÁ UMA DAS MELHORES!! FREEDOM!! GRANDE BANDA!!

Heavy, blues-tinted rock album, craftily played, but with not much originality. Some tracks sound like The Free, but with a great distance to that band's intensity. Saunders plays nice interceptions and some able solos, but the lack of something like an own handwriting mars almost every track. Some of the lyrics are examplary for what's wrong here: way down in the valley/ where the green grass grows. How poetically inspired can you get?

It's monday morning in the art departments too. A lackadaisical bandphoto, mirrored around the spine of the gatefold is not our idea of inventive graphics, though the magenta and scarlet of the leaves is at least something.The lettering is awkwardly placed, lovelessly coloured and of an unfitting font.The inside picture, taken in Hyde Park, where the band sits beside a very sceptical hippie chick, is very effective, though. It conveys perfectly the London atmosphere in the early seventies.

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Freshly departed from PROCOL HARUM, Bobby Harrison & Ray Royer founded FREEDOM, a Heavy Blues infected Psych Rock combo, that toured with BLACK SABBATH among others. FREEDOM never reached great success and is often seen as a middle-of-the-pack band. Sure it's not as inventive and catchy as other British bands of the era, but FREEDOM still delivers some great tunes and good Heavy Rock tracks that really deserve a listen.

1. Freestone
2. Through the Years
3. Get Yourself Together
4. London City
5. Thanks
6. Toe Grabber

Roger Saunders - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Walter Monaghan - vocals, electric piano, Mellotron, bass guitar
Bobby Harrison - vocals, drums, percussion
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