Ah, here we get onto one of those albums which has accrued a reputation as one of those 'unloved stepchild' albums, through a mixture of material, circumstances and timing. And sometimes, as in the case of ELP's Love Beach, the cover art! In that regard this, the final Procol album before their initial split in..
There's been something of a renaissance these last several years with regard to the music of Anthony Phillips, and fans have been suitably spoiled as a result - especially those with an affinity for boxed sets. Esoteric Recordings have seen to that with their extensive reissue campaign, resurrecting titles from across Ant's vast catalogue, giving..
In which the diligent miners at Esoteric Records unearth yet another nugget from the rich 1970s seam which only the more dedicated of '70s prog devotees are likely to be familiar with. In this case, it was blink-and-you'd-miss-them, as Samurai released this sole album in 1971 before folding almost immediately. There was more to them,..
If there ever was an album on which Bill Nelson allowed himself the luxury of being an ‘axe hero’, this would be the one. The latest installment of Esoteric Records' reissuing of the Be Bop Deluxe catalogue in deluxe editions (or should that be 'deluxe Deluxe editions) backtracks a little and alights upon the band's..
When Barclay James Harvest came to record this, their third album, in 1971, they were under some significant pressure, it must be said. Their previous album, the breakthrough Once Again, had featured two lengthy tracks among its number, including their evergreen and immediately popular Mockingbird. As always when following up a significant success, there was..
This is music to give your attention to, but it will repay you. Many people at this point may be asking, who the hell are Fruupp, and what on earth is that name all about? Well, I can't answer the second question, but I can help out with the first. Basically, Fruupp were an Irish..
Burning For You is a much better album than its reception at the time indicated ... while Heartbreak Hill is simply essential Strawbs. The very end of the original Strawbs career is covered here with these two Esoteric reissues, covering what was intended to be the last album they recorded in the 1970s, and the..
Alternating sections of gentle, fluttering notes and commanding strumming... With thirty-one studio albums, a host of compilations, boxed sets, and a massive amount of library music to his credit, Anthony Phillips is not the type of musician whose catalogue is easy to trim down to an hour's worth of favourites. But 'Ant' was tasked with..
This set is a timely reminder that [Steve] Winwood's bandmates were substantial talents in their own right, and the unheralded drummer perhaps most of all. Another interesting feature of the rock scene in the halcyon days of the 1970s was that, whenever someone left a successful band (or even before they did so), they would..
...if you are after a well-crafted, well-produced, melodic rock album which isn't afraid to go for the grandiose jugular when the opportunity arises, you can safely order a helping of this particular seafood Fish. They seem to exert a curious fascination with prog rock, as the piscine influence has intertwined itself with the music for..