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Banquet Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0000071PQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spanish Galleon
2. Thus Spoke Oberon
3. High Flying Lady-Goodbye
4. Sorrow
5. Dirty Old Town

Editorial Reviews

1994 Repertoire reissue of the black metal quintet's 1974Vertigo album on the Repertoire label. Contais five tracks,including 'Thus Spoke Oberon' & 'High Flying Lady-Goodbye'.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 25, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is Lucifer's Friend's best album. It will probably not appeal to fans of their first album, though; whereas that album was pure metal in the Zeppelin vein, _Banquet_ is an excursion into jazz fusion. The two best tracks here are conceptual pieces that feature a 30-piece backup jazz band and are both over 10 minutes in length: "Sorrow" and "Spanish Galleon". These tracks are surrounded by shorter pieces, the best of which is probably the radio-friendly "High Flying Lady - Goodbye", which has the feel of rockabilly with horns. Easily their most progressive album, and the one example of where this band's output actually matched their artistic intentions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on April 17, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Welp, Lucifer's Friend did it *again*. Banquet marks the fourth album in a ROW that sounds completely different from the previous three.

So, let's see here- their third album sounds completely different from the previous two, and the second album sounds completely different from the first!!

This means Lucifer's Friend deserves a TON of credit, if for nothing else, being one of the most diverse rock bands on the planet that never got any REAL recognition. Darn it people, not even David Bowie experimented this much.

Banquet is NOT a hard rock album like the debut, it's NOT a twisted experiment album like their second album, and it's NOT a straight forward commercial rock album like their third album. So what is it, you ask?

Banquet is an album that focuses on lengthy jazz pieces with keyboard swirls reminiscent of what Santana and Return to Forever were doing at the time, and in the case of "Spanish Galleon", some of the keyboard bits actually remind me of the Doors.

I definitely DON'T think this sounds anything like the rock band Chicago though. Some of the instrumental brass portions of the album might make you recall the mid 70's years of Chicago, but that's about all.

You see, Chicago used to jam for several minutes at a time over the course of an entire album with those brass instruments- on this Lucifer's Friend album, the inclusion of brass sounds is few and far between, so a comparison to Chicago isn't one I really understand.

Anyway, I agree with the other reviewers that "Spanish Galleon" and "Sorrow" are the most memorable songs on the album since these two songs alone take up half of the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rocky G on October 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who has listened to Lucifer's Friend awesome 1970 debut might have wondered what happened when this masterpiece was being recorded. Lucifer's Friend's 1970 debut was heavy guitar and hammond organ driven hard rock. Here on Banquet we have amazingly catchy Progressive Jazz Rock. With the usuall instruments plus a Horn Section and the Fender Rhodes Piano. This album is a masterpiece this is exactly what i like when it comes to long Jazz Rock pieces with vocals. Spanish Galleon and Sorrow both clock in at over 11 minutes long and they are total ear candy. Everyone in the band shines here listen to the bass playing at the begining of Sorrow. Listen to the guitar and fender rhodes at the begining of Spanish Galleon. John Lawton gives some amazing vocal performances on this album he hits some incredible high notes and some great screams. the band Chicago has been mentioned the only similarity is the Horn Section the only difference is that with Chicago's music the Horn Section is used a lot. This album is much more in the Jazz vein with the Fender Rhodes as one of the main instruments. Another great track here is called Thus Spoke Oberon. This album is ranked my number one favorite Jazz Rock album that features vocals nothing else ive heard comes close. For anyone who likes Brian Auger, Steely Dan, give this a shot!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on February 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that makes you wonder if some other band has stolen the Lucifer's Friend name. Nope. After looking at the cover, it's the original guys all right. The band totally shifted direction. What was creeping into the mix on Groupies Killed The Blues is full force here, with not even a hint of their original sound from the first album. Is this a bad thing? Not really. Taken by itself, without thinking of their previous sound, this is very good jazz rock. Their epic song style comes in, full force and a jazzy rock sound has taken over from the original dark heavy rock. This could have been a awful album if the songs and musicianship were not so good. They pulled it off. Recommended.
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