NO ELECTRIC GUITAR!! KEYBOARDS RIFFS!!!!!
QUE BELO VENENO!! SOM PODEROSO E MUITO LEGAL!! O CURIOSO DESTE DISCO É QUE O GRUPO NÃO USA GUITARRA ELÉTRICA E MESMO ASSIM FAZ UM ROCK PROGRESSIVO DE PRIMEIRA LINHA, VISTO QUE O ORGAN HAMMOND SIMULA O TRABALHO DE UMA GUITARRA DISTORCIDA!!! OUTRO DESTAQUE DA BANDA É QUE, ORIGINALMENTE, TORNARAM-SE CONHECIDOS PRINCIPALMENTE PORQUE O TECLADO QUE CORRE SOLTO FICA POR CONTA DO TECLADISTA STEVE MILLINER QUE JÁ TOCOU NAS BANDAS BLACK CAT BONES, LEAF HOUND, ODDISSEY E FREE!!! BANDA PORRADA E INOVADORA NO SENTIDO DE NÃO USAR GUITARRA ELÉTRICA!!! VENENO ALTAMENTE RECOMENDADO!!!
A prog act without a guitar player? That's exactly what this early 70's British foursome is. Originally, they became known mainly because Paul Kossof and Simon Kirke played in the band before leaving to form legendary band FREE. From then on, AARDVARK were mostly a studio act and by the time they recorded their only album, the line-up consisted of Stan Aldous (bass), Frank Clark (drums), Steve Milliner (keyboards, recorder, vibraphone) and Dave Skillin (vocals).
Comparisons are not easy but one could probably say their music has the power of EMERSON, LAKE & POWELL mixed in with a little R&B à la PROCOL HARUM and early MOODY BLUES. Shades of GRYPHON, GREENSLADE and PINK FLOYD are also present.As is to be expected, AARDVARK's material is highly keyboard oriented, the brunt of the music being carried by the fuzzed-up Hammond organ which more or less simulates the job of a distorted guitar. The soaring vocals by Skillin are pleasant and the music, although not highly original and somewhat lacking in variety, is quite melodic - nice 60's sounding melodies.
The album contains some ear-friendly piano/keyboard interplay as well as some good R&B guitar riffs and harmonic choruses. The low points: following the fashion of the early 70's, many tracks drag on far too long. Also, possibly because the dominant Hammond did not stand the test of time, the album unfortunately sounds quite outdated. Finally, the cuts that work best tend to be the less progressive ones.
Overall, AARDVARK is an honest musical effort for the times, an interesting early art rock experiment with a slight progressive edge.Recommended strictly for collectors of early 70's, heavy organ-dominated prog. Fans of SPRING, CRESSIDA or FIELDS should also give them a try.
Stan Aldous: Bass
Frank Clark: Drums
Steve Milliner: Keyboards, recorder, vibraphone
Dave Skillin: Vocals
1. Copper Sunset (3:17)
2. Very Nice Of You To Call (3:39)
3. Many Things To Do (4:22)
4. Greencap (6:04)
5. I Can't Stop (5:28)
6. Outing (9:50)
7. Once Upon A Hill (3:03)
8. Put That In Your Pipe (7:13)