terça-feira, 9 de setembro de 2008

Raw Material - Time Is...(1971 UK Prog Hard Rock)


ESTE VENENO É MORTAL!! UM DOIS GRANDES DISCOS DO INÍCIO DOS ANOS 70!! ESTE É O SEGUNDO ALBUM DOS CARAS!! LOGO VEM A POSTAGEM DO PRIMEIRO ALBUM QUE TAMBÉM É DOSE CAVALAR!!

Raw Material é um grupo inglês formado em Londres no início dos anos 70 e este disco, um clássico do selo Neon, é o segundo e último disco da banda e um pouco diferente do primeiro. Este disco é uma mescla perfeita de Space Rock, Progressivo e Blues onde se destaca um extraordinário trabalho de faluta e de uma guitarra acustica perfeita. Bom progressivo, baseado em riffs de sax e algumas vezes também uma guitarra mais pesada, acordes de órgão e teclados, uma flauta e vozes potentes. Pra que curte East of Eden, Jade Warrior ou Gravy Train, arrisco a dizer que Raw Material é superior a todos.Portanto, Progressivos ou não progressivos, blueseiros ou não blueseiros, amantes de um bom som em geral, digo....Eu não perderia! É VENENO PURO E MORTAL!!

Raw Material's second album is definitely a more consistant and even album than their debut. The main improvement would be the addition of lead guitarist Cliff Harewood. Raw Material is one of those groups that could typify best the term Proto-prog as their early and short career produced two adventuresome albums both much worth investigating.

If the debut was very uneven (having one track meandering into beatnick poetry) , this album's strong point is that there are no weak tracks. However of the six tracks present (a little error in the above informations) , none are really highlights or stand out that much as to create a masterpiece either. The three side A tracks are all fine , interesting prog involving good flute and sax work. Only the vocals are rather perfectible and some guitar work is a bit repetitive. Miracle Worker and Religion are a bit in the same mold but are shorter as to make room for the more imposing Sun God tracks with many mood changes and Floyd-esque athmospheres, but somehow the track has all of the asstes on its side but does not manage to take off to nirvana.

Raw Material's two album can be considered a bit as lost 70s nuggets/gems but are not really THE hidden treasure you were waiting for. Certainly worth discovering and a few spins but nothing worth writing a telegram home about either.

Line-up/Musicians
- Colin Catt / lead vocals, keyboards
- Mike Fletcher / saxophone, flute, vocals
- Dave Green / guitar- Phil Gunn / bass
- Cliff harewood / lead guitar
- Paul Young / drums, percussion

1. Ice Queen [6:45]
2. Empty Houses [7:32]
3. Insolent Lady [8:53]
a) By The Way
b) Small Thief
c) Insolent Lady
4. Miracle Worker [4:47]
5. Religion [4:27]
6. Sun God [11:14]
a) Awakening
b) Realisation
c) Worship
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