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Beside Manners Are Extra [Import]

GreensladeAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 5, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B000006UN6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bedside Manners Are
2. Pilgrims Progress
3. Time To Dream
4. Drum Folk
5. Sunkissed You're Not
6. Chalkhill

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and underrated prog rock May 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have been long aware of Dave Greenslade, like his works with Colosseum, his stuff with his group Greenslade, and his solo efforts. Bedside Manners are Extra is my first try at a Greenslade album, but not my first exposure to Mr. Greenslade himself (for example, I have Colosseum's Valentyne Suite, which I highly recommend to those who like bluesy progressive jazz rock).

This is Greenslade's second album, released later the same year as their self-entitled debut (1973). Cover artwork is by Roger Dean, just like their first album. The Greenslade logo was also created by Dean, which is pretty obvious. Each of the four musicians had already been in established bands. Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Lawson had been previously in a final version of Web (after the group's original vocalist John L. Watson left in 1970) for their album I Spider (1970). The group then changed their name to Samurai and released one, self-entitled album in 1971 (not to be confused with a Japanese band called Samurai who existed at the same time and released a couple albums themselves with Green Tea and Kappa). Keyboardist Dave Greenslade, well we all know his involvement with Colosseum, who three studio albums (as well as American variants on the ABC/Dunhill label to confuse matters worse) and one live album. Bassist Tony Reeves was also involved in Colosseum (only on their first two albums), and prior to that, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (in which another Colosseum member participated, that is Dick Heckstall-Smith). And then we have Andrew McCulloch, who was briefly a member of King Crimson for their album Lizard, and then with Fields (which featured ex-Rare Bird keyboardist Graham Field).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and a half April 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Prog is a big term. People who know big music names will think ELPs Tarkus when you say the P word. Some love this P- flair, other's recoil at it.

Actually, progressive covers a lot more than what most ascribe to the term, which, again, shows you the futility of genre names. John Lennon said that the Beatles were progressive, and was he ever right. I consider Steely Dan progressive--getting the best musicians and mixing rock with traditional jazz, creating a new type of perfection. If there was ever a progressive idea, it was Aja.

Greenslade is almost on that level of spit-shine perfection, although a listen to Bedside Manners Are Extra will show this band enjoyed those little detours that made prog--in the strict sense- prog.

But what makes Greenslade so enjoyable is how they kept Rover on a leash. All the experimentation here is done in the context of tracks that, take out the back alleys, would have almost worked as straight pop. Check out how on "Sunkissed You're Not," they take a track that could have come from any mainstream, high end 70s pop album, and add a jam coda.

It clicks, and if more art rock bands had this type of restraint and taste, the P-Thang would now have a much better name.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs a little tweaking August 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the 2nd album by keyboardist Dave Greenslade, who is joined by fellow Colosseum alumnus bassist Tony Reeves, superb drummer Andy McCullough (he played on King Crimson's Lizard LP, 1970), and keyboardist/vocalist Dave Lawson. While all of the musicians are decent enough, it is Andy McCullough that really makes this recording take off. His great drumming, along with the heavy use of synthesizers and moody mellotron atmospherics, makes this recording very listenable and yes, even enjoyable. All of the six pieces feature wonderful melodies, and are evenly divided between instrumental passages and vocal pieces. While the instrumental pieces are pretty good (especially Pilgrim's Progress) and feature some nimble ensemble work, Dave Lawson's vocals are an acquired taste and can be best described as unnaturally high-pitched and somewhat forced - it sounds as if he sings with his throat and not his diaphragm. While most tracks flow reasonably well, the instrumental Drum Folk is desperately in need of a better arrangement. This track alternates thunderous, highly virtuosic drum solos by Andy McCullough with riff heavy ensemble work, and very haunting, delicate parts played on mellotron and soft organ. Trust me, it as much of a messy hodgepodge as it sounds, and it's unfortunate too - the drum solo is excellent and the haunting parts are just great. I just wish it had all been integrated better. All in all, I enjoyed this disc and would recommend it to any fan of progressive rock, although I suspect the typical Yes/Genesis/ELP devotee might find it a bit lacking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two keyboardsmen and no guitars -- how it used to be done December 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In the absence of Greenslade's third album, 'Spyglass Guest', from amazon's catalogue, this is undoubtedly the masterpiece of their CDs that are currently available.
'Pilgrims Progress' shows Greenslade at their instrumental best -- a jaunty dual-keyboard run with a rocky beat. A bit of dodgy synth here, some mellotron there, and some dubiously recorded electric piano as a bonus. The title track showcases Dave Lawson's whining voice, which may take a little getting used to. The only questionable track here is 'Drum Folk' which contains a long, tedious drum solo. Drum solos were de rigeur for double-LP concert recordings, but for a single-LP studio album, it just unnecessarily takes up limited space, even by the standards of the early 70s. The track cannot be totally written off, as after the duff drum solo comes one of Greenslade's best synth solos.
'Sunkissed You're Not' features a jazzy rhythm and an irritatingly catchy riff that you find yourself humming in an off-guard moment. Again the recording quality of electric piano solo grates on my CD version, which was a Japanese import.
'Chalkhill' starts off ponderously, again in a limpid jazz-rock vein, but it builds to a satisfying climax.
This is my favourite Greenslade album, but I am a tad biased, because I saw them in concert when they were promoting it.
In a league of popular music which puts the Beatles, Stones, Steely Dan and Pat Metheny in the premier division, Greenslade were never more than a second division band, along with the likes of Gentle Giant and Caravan. This was one of their greatest moments, but the album probably ranks somewhere in the 51-100 zone of the top progressive albums of the seventies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sound is Bad on MP3
I downloaded this as the price was right and the sound is bad, especially on Pilgrims Progress which is a really good song with great keyboard work. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Hornell Fred
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawson's vocals
Many make such an issue out of Lawson's voice. If you like progressive music you are one to open your mind to new sounds and love the strong distinctiveness of the various bands. Read more
Published on April 5, 2007 by Michael Redmond
3.0 out of 5 stars A happy, but uneven album.
Mid-seventies Greenslade might very well be the mariachi of progressive rock. Just about all of his songs are bouncy with catchy, interesting keyboard solos. Read more
Published on September 14, 2003 by Robert Cossaboon
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy "Time and tide" instead!
As another reviewer states it, this is indeed a mixed bag! There are a couple of superb instrumental, and also vocal passages (eg. after the drum solo in drum folk). Read more
Published on March 28, 2001 by Marcel Wild
3.0 out of 5 stars "Green Acres..."
While still plowing the acres in defining their sound and songwriting, the sophomore effort is a mixed grab bag of strange, evocative pieces...and utterly forgettable oddities. Read more
Published on September 21, 2000 by Paul-Christian Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars "Green Acres..."
While still plowing the acres in defining their sound and songwriting, the sophomore effort is a mixed grab bag of strange, evocative pieces...and utterly forgettable oddities. Read more
Published on September 21, 2000 by Paul-Christian Roberts
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