UK, 1970, progressive rock / jazz rock


This one moves from deep in the progressive motif with chants, strings, and an uncommon song structure right into a straight-up blues rock song. Quite a left turn there, but not unwelcome. I dig the female vocals for being soulful but not affected, for being warm but not too polished. For not having any warmth in her life, she sure puts some in mine. I can wrap the rich jazzy rhythms around me and even boogie to the “Big John Blues” if no one’s watching. There’s a strong return to prog sensibilities with the beginning of Side B, a stronger orchestral feel as the music quickly distances itself from the boogie sounds of Side A, ascending from the rock stage to more galactic considerations. Even the war-god doesn’t touch his feet to the Earth. An obvious reference to Western mythological beings such as Mars or Jupiter is a staple in British prog rock of the 1970s, so nothing unexpected there. I cannot help but like this album for reasons beyond the music, too, because it’s one of those fairly obscure solitary releases (when a rather unknown band releases only one studio album).

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