sexta-feira, 12 de setembro de 2008

REPOST: Titus Groan - Titus Groan (1970 UK Progressive Rock)


EXCELENTE BANDA PROGRESSIVA INGLESA E SEU ÚNICO ALBUM!! UMA PENA QUE PRODUZIU SÓ ESTE!! É COISA FINA IRMÃO!! COM SAX, FLAUTA E TECLADOS NA DOSE CERTA E QUE ACRESCENTADOS AOS INSTRUMENTOS TRADICIONAIS NASCEU ESTA OBRA PRIMA!! VENENO DE PRIMEIRA LINHA E DE EFEITO GARANTIDO!!

Although named after the main character of Mervyn Peake's gothic fantasy novel, Titus Groan played music definitely lacking in originality. Since all the tracks are over five minutes long, there is room for elaborate instrumental developments, which almost get exciting, but fall short from their goal. Their early progressive style is laced with large parts for wind, which at times makes for interesting listening, but ultimately the meagre compository skills make the wine too watery. By far the best cut is Hall Of Bright Carvings (title taken from Peake's novel as well), which is versatile and passionate, although at 11'50" inevitably too long. A few spins may be rewarding enough, more of this will probably bore you. Jim Toomey had earlier been in Jon, wrote What Did We Miss for Still Life with Stuart Cowell and was later in The Tourists. He also did some session for for Uriah Heep's Ken Hensley at the end of the '70s.

Tracklist:
01. It Wasn't For You (5:33)
02. Hall Of Bright Carvings (11:37)
a) Themeb) Dusty High-Value Hall
c) The Burning
d) Theme
03. I Can't Change (5:41)
04. It's All Up With Us (6:07)
05. Fuschia (6:18)

Total Time: 35:20

The Band:
Stuart Cowell - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals
John Lee - Bass
Tony Priestland - Saxophone, Flute, Oboe
Jim Toomey - Drums
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