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Alchemy / Elements [Import, Original recording remastered]

Third Year Band, Third Ear BandAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 2, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Gottdiscs
  • ASIN: B00029KUF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #932,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mosaic
2. Ghetto Raga
3. Druid One
4. Stone Circle
5. Egyptian Book Of The Dead
6. Area Three
7. Dragon Lines
8. Lark Rise
Disc: 2
1. Air
2. Earth
3. Fire
4. Water

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First time as a double CD for the British progressive rock act's 1969 & 1970 albums. Gott Discs. 2004.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So original nobody can get close to it September 11, 2008
By mianfei
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Although they toured with progressive rock bands like Pink Floyd, the original Third Ear Band up to Abelard and Heloise was perhaps the most unusual band around in those heady times. Their sound, based on the melodic oboe playing of Paul Minns and the danceable percussion of Glen Sweeney, had in a sense more similarities to free jazz than to rock but Third Ear Band never had the slightest cultural association with jazz and their rhythms were entirely un-jazzy. In fact, when the way violinist/violist Richard Coff and cellist Ursula Smith played is taken into account, it is fair to classify Third Ear Band as part of the then-burgeoning folk movement even though they did not revive any traditional songs but produced thier own epic compositions. In a way their music was like chamber folk played by a small ensemble of relative equals, though it is always Minns with his oboe playing who stands out.

"Alchemy", their 1969 debut album, already shows a band with a well-developed and deeply ingrained sound that might be far from an easy listen but still is extremely beautiful and completely melodic. The flow is not quite without rhythm in the way Joni Mitchell would later attain on "Song For Sharon", and it is a remarkable feat to add so much melody to a record that one can in parts at least truly dance to. "Mosaic" is a slow opener with a complex rhythm giving way to a much simpler one for the latter half, and this quiet tone contines on "Ghetto Raga", where Minns' oboe is at times as relaxed as if he were playing the flute.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alchemy/Elements - Third Ear Band January 18, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This CD is awesome - I first listened to it in the early 70's in England and have wanted it ever since - it has probably some instrumental Scottish folk influence (I am somewhat of a novice at this) and somewhat the flavor of Pink Floyd - couldn't get it for many years because it was out of print and living in the US meant that people had never even heard of it -
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Third Ear Band - 'Alchemy' (Toshiba) April 10, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Originally released in 1969, as this was Third Ear Band's first record - but it's quite similar to their 1970 self-titled work, often called the 'Elements' lp {see my review} and possibly a tad better. Good raga-rock to experience when you're in the right mood. Cuts that I thought showed some promise were the ten-minute "Ghetto Raga", "Druid One" and the expressive "Dragon Line". Wanted to also mention that when I heard this CD for the very first time, it occured to me that maybe 'Alchemy' and 'Elements' sound like they easily could have been written and recorded around the very same time frame. In other words - perhaps 'Alchemy' saw the light of day first and BECAUSE in those days bands usually released one-record lp's, in that 'Elements' was simply put out a year following. As it stands, I believe both titles were later put out as a 2-CD pressing on the Gott Discs label. Worthy idea - great listening.
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars El lado oculto del art rock August 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
La primera vez que escuché a Third Ear Band fue en esa recopilación del sello Harverst "Picnic". Desde ese momento las cosas se le pueden complicar a cualquier amante-melómano del rock progresivo ¡¿Dónde ponemos esto?!

Sweeney, un percusionista que usa ritmos simples y tribales, acompañado de un grupo de cuerdas (en especial recomiendo prestar atención al trabajo de las violas) puede hipnotizar con sus temas que van desde lo clásico y cerebral a lo arqueológico y espiritual. Esta producción es para mí una gran alegría, pues no quería gastar más de la cuenta con el disco "Elements" (sólo cuatro temas de corta duración, que bien podría venderse a un precio más cómodo); todo mejora si se le incluye "Alchemy", una joya de pretensión artística, nada, nada cercano al rock, pero de temperamento ilimitado. Dos obras plenas en una que cualquier audiófilo y coleccionista de alto conocimiento debe tener. Por supuesto que no hay nada mejor que los vinilos de esta banda (los artes gráficos son fantásticos), pero los precios podrían complicar otras necesidades.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top 60's fusion December 30, 2009
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The Third Ear band was bought as a gift for someone with a musical ear, who was interested in listening to something wierd. whoo haaa! he cried after sampling the music of this far out 60's band.
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