STYLE: Rock RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 15319-14346 LABEL: Tunesmith TS6002 FORMAT: 12 inch vinyl Album
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Hopefully, you will have already read in the Cross Rhythms article on Amaziah about this rare collector's item (which is now fetching upwards of £500 on vintage record sites). If you didn't know already, this Bristol-based crew recorded and toured in 1979 before disbanding. On one level this is pretty good progressive-tinged rock music with songs like "All Is Peace" rather beautiful while Derek Elliott's voice, though not to everyone's taste, does come through with considerable passion. There is also a tasty track in "Slowly" which makes a considerable nod to the Alan Parsons Project while "He Is Lord" shows a bit of Alice Cooper in its vibe. Unfortunately, what scuppers the album is the very poor production and mix. Keith Loring, a CCM artist of the time, was responsible for that (though one track was mixed and produced by 18 year old guitarist Jez Coad, who went on to produce such artists as Simple Minds). Anyway, if you can bear vintage rock with inaudible bass guitar and drums that sound boxy, plus you have £500 to spare, you might want to search out the vinyl.
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