sábado, 10 de dezembro de 2011

WESTFAUSTER– In A King’s Dream (1971 US Progressive Rock)



POWER TRIO PROGRESSIVO QUE FAZIA UM SOM COM MELODIAS LEVES, SÓBRIAS, COM PITADAS DO JAZZ E PINGOS DE PSICODELIA!! A UTILIZAÇÃO DA FLAUTA, SAX, CRAVOS, PIANO E TECLADOS DÁ UMA HARMONIA BEM INTERESSANTE ÀS MÚSICAS DA BANDA!! O ALBUM FOI GRAVADO PELO SELO "NASCO" QUE TINHA LANÇADO ALBUNS DE BANDAS COMO FELT, WALEFEATHERS E ELECTRIC TOILET, PORÉM, A WESTFAUSTER NÃO TEVE A MESMA SORTE DESSAS OUTRAS BANDAS E FICOU APENAS NESSE ÚNICO ALBUM QUE É MUITO LEGAL DE SE OUVIR!! VENENO RARO E RECOMENDADO!!

Released in 1971 on the Nasco label (Felt, Whalefeathers, Electric Toilet), the much sought-after In A King’s Dream is essentially solid prog rock, doused with jazz and psych, that is at times progressive, especially when the flute is in the forefront. Hailing from Cincinnati Westfauster drew influence from the well-known British bands of the day, (in particular The Beatles and Moody Blues). A rich use of instruments, especially keyboard, give a dreamlike feel to this interesting work. 

They may sound like the quintessential English prog band but, in fact, Westfauster hailed from the rust belt, Cincinnati to be precise, and this gem of an album was initially released on the Nasco label in 1971. A guitar-free trio, the band did encompass a rhythm section, a variety of keyboards from harpsichord to Moog synthesizer, and a flute and saxophone within their multi-instrumental ranks. The Moody Blues and the Beatles were Westfauster's avowed influences, and you could hear subtle inflections of both on In a King's Dream. Blissful jazz ripples through the epic "Everyday," one of a clutch of flute-led numbers on the set. On that song, it's twinned with piano and organ; on "Blind Man's Epitaph" the flute flutters and flies amidst the harpsichord and choral vocals; and the harpsichord itself is showcased again on the Beatles-esque "Low Sun." In contrast, the title track, the album's other epic number, is resplendent with smoky sax, the darker, more majestic flip of the breezier, lighter "Everyday." All three bandmembers obviously had some jazz background, and it's their ability to fold elements of that style gently into the musical mix that perhaps truly sets Westfauster apart, notably on the two epics, "Where Are You" and the album closer "Did It or Didn't It (Take Us High)." That and the delicate textures of their songs and the wonderfully shimmering and dreamy quality of their atmospheres. With its subtle shifts in mood and style, luminescent sound, and lovely, reverberated harmonies, King's Dream reaches transcendental heights. Unlike their more extravagant contemporaries, Westfauster never flamboyantly highlight the musical journey or magnificent musicianship, preferring a more elegant, understated stance that allows this album to glow in all its glory. ~ Jo-Ann Greene, Rovi


C.W. Fauster - vocals, organ, piano, harp, bass, moog
Stephen Helwig - vocals, percussion
Michael Newland - flute, alto sax, vibes

01. Where Are You (3:26)
02. Everyday (8:56)
http://youtu.be/l_WsY1ZWvcY
03. Blind Man (3:16)
04. Blind Man’s Epitaph (2:55)
05. In a King’s Dream (10:09)
06. A Sunny Day (3:18)
07. Low Sun (2:53)
08. Did It Or Didn’t It (5:09)

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