segunda-feira, 14 de janeiro de 2013

THE WAY WE LIVE - A Candle For Judith (1971 Hard Prog Folk-Rock)



EU GOSTO MUITO DESSE ALBUM!!
I LIKE MUCH THIS ALBUM!!

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It’s probably splitting hairs to refer to this as either the sole album from the group The Way We Live, or the first Tractor album. The album is really both, and neither. In any case the original is impossible to find today, but the reissue CD with bonus material is easy to find (although, despite the claims on the liner notes advertising, Ozit Morpheus recordings are probably NOT on the shelf at your “local record store”).

As for the music, there is an interesting mix of sounds here, ranging from rather straightforward hard rock to folk to psych, but all amazing considering the richness of sounds that came out of just two guys. The opening “King Dick II” sounds a bit like an early Black Sabbath bluesy recording to me, but with more like a Paul Rodgers era Bad Company-sounding vocal. This is probably the heaviest song on the record, and while the instrumentation is very well done, overall its just average. A few extra points for some very lively electric guitar, what sounds like dueling basses, and Corky Laing-like dirge inspired drums. The band shifts almost 180 degrees for “Squares”, a staid, mellow and acoustic acid folk number with an inspired electric bass line. The first few times I heard this I thought it was outdated tripe, with nonsensical and bong-inspired lyrics like

Jim Milne - lead guitar, 6-string acoustic, 12-string electric rhythm guitar, all vocals
Steve Clayton - drums, tambourine, piano, flute, bongos

01. King Dick II
02. Squares
03. Siderial
04. Angle
05. Storm
06. Willow
07. Madrigal
08. The Way Ahead

Bonus:
09. Watching White Stars [original]
10. Marie [different mix to 1972 maxi single]
11. Stoney Glory
12. Let Earth Be The Name
13. Stairway To The Stars 
14. Easier To Say
15. Most Had Man
16. Northern City 
17. The Big Dinner
18. Watching White Stars [Reprise] 
19. One Eyed Mule

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