sexta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2008

Raw Material - Raw Material (1970 UK Prog Rock)


MAIS UMA POSTAGEM DESTA EXCELENTE BANDA INGLESA!! ESTE É O PRIMEIRO ALBUM DA "RAW MATERIAL", UM VENENO MORTAL!! O SEGUNDO ALBUM JÁ HAVIA POSTADO RECENTEMENTE!!

Super rare UK progressive from the late '60s. Leaning in a psych direction with Doors like keyboards, 'Tull like flute, long tracks, quality vocals, varied instrumentation etc.This was Raw Material's self-titled maiden voyage in the studio, they would release one more album in 1971 titled Time Is. The sound created on this album was not as intense or complex as their second outing but it is a glimpse at what they would become.

This music was progressive but will most likely be looked upon as pre-progressive (i.e. Yes, Pink Floyd) by most fans and critics. Colin Catt, the vocalist and keyboard player, set the tone for the band with his trilling vocal style and Jon Lord/Deep Purple influenced keyboard playing.

Although this album has some of the fusion and jazz elements present, it is not a prevalent as their second album. Rock seems to be the foundation that everything else stems from on their freshman outing. It remains as a fine example of early prog-rock with the use of the flute, sax and harp. Although this may not be the best album that you have heard from that period of time it is good and worth checking out.

Reviews

Time is ... is a good example of the British early prog scene. A five-piece of drums, bass/a.guitar, keys/vox, guitars and sax/flute/vox, Raw Material have their roots in a blusey and often hard-rocking ground, but they branch out into interesting directions. The blaring sax work and the almost gothic vocal melody on the opening track "Ice Queen" evokes the spirit of King Crimson, while the second track "Empty Houses" is mostly a straight-ahead hardrocker but contains a calmer middle section with an interesting-sounding saxophone solo. "Insolent Lady" and "Sun God" are both longer (9 - 11 minutes), three-part compositions with folky acoustic moments, hard rock sections and then some keyboard-assisted (mainly organ and piano) pomposity that hints at the nascent symphonic rock sound of the time. Two quite straightforward rock tunes round out the album. Hardly an essential album, but certainly of interest to those wishing to explore the development of the genre. Raw but potent material. --

Colin Catt - Vocals, Keyboards
Mike Fletcher - Sax, Flute, Harp, Vocals
Dave Green - Guitar
Phil Gunn - Bass
Paul Young - Percussion

01. Time and Illusion-7:30
02. I'd Be Delighted-5:10
03. Fighting Cock-3:50
04. Pear On An Apple Tree-2:57
05. Future Recollections-3:55
06. Traveller Man-6:10
07. Destruction of America-2:27
08. Time and Illusion (Version)-3:11
09. Hi There Hallelujah-2:46
10. Bobo's Party-3:14
11. Days Of The Fighting Cock (Version)-3:09


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