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Cressida / Asylum [Import]

Cressida Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (April 26, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gottdiscs
  • ASIN: B0001N6MPI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,037,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. To Play Your Little Game
2. Winter Is Coming Again
3. Time For Bed
4. Cressida
5. Home And Where I Long To Be
6. Depression
7. On Of A Group
8. Lights In My Mind
9. The Only Earthman In Town
10. Spring' 69
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Asylum
2. Munich
3. Goodbye Post Office Tower Goodbye
4. Survivor
5. Reprieved
6. Lisa
7. Summer Weekend Of A Lifetime
8. Let Them Come When They Will

Editorial Reviews

UK remastered twofer combines both the British progressive rock act's albums, originally released in 1970 & 1971 respectively on the Vertigo 'Spiral' label, for the first time ever as a double CD. Gott Discs. 2004.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This two CD set combines the albums Cressida (1970) and Asylum (1971), which were originally released on the "progressive" Vertigo label. The original cover art is featured along with excellent sound quality and informative liner notes. Although I am reluctant to describe Cressida as prog rock, their music is somewhat adventurous in its approach and as such, the group sits comfortably alongside other early English bands such as Spring, Gracious, and Beggars Opera. Although I like Spring, Beggars Opera, and especially Gracious much better, this Cressida "two-fer" makes a nice addition to the early English prog rock collection. Then again, I am prog-obsessed and would probably buy just about anything.

Cressida

The music on the first Cressida album is a melodic and sometimes brooding mix of classical, folk, jazz, and rock styles with pretty good vocals spread over 12 short tracks. The lineup includes Angus Cullen (lead vocals), John Heyworth (acoustic and electric guitar), Peter Jennings (harpsichord, Hammond organ, mellotron, and piano); Kevin McCarthy (bass); and Iain Clark (drums). Although the musicians are competent enough, the guitarist is a pretty awful soloist - he just does not have a good working knowledge of scales. In fact, he is more of a rhythm guitarist and does a decent job of that, although his fingerpicked parts on the acoustic are also pretty good. The keyboardist on the other hand, is an excellent player and quotes convincingly from a range of styles including jazz and classical, and as such really holds my interest. Although Peter plays mellotron with string setting, it is used very sparingly albeit effectively.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars two great albums May 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Both these albums are really special. Other people here cover the band's history, so I won't.

The first album is progressive folk-jazz. Tightly written songs, unusual changes, and really good accustic guitar playing. The songs are 3-4 minutes, but with lots of interesting twists and turns. Just listen to "Time for bed." the changes are jazzy, but the guitar player almost gets into bluegrass picking. If the Kinks at the time had a few more chops, I could see them trying something like this.

The second album is darker, dense with strings. It almost reminds me of what Elton John was doing with Madman Across The Water, but heavier. You could also compair it to early Bee Gees-both bands had the same producer-but the arrrangements are far more complicated.

Key is that Cressida never lost focus of the song, like a lot of prog bands did. Their writting is excellent, and bridges the gap between prog and high end pop.

Absolutely on the top of my list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Early Prog September 14, 2006
By Mur29
Format:Audio CD
Cressida plays very fine early prog. music. Fine heavy organ and mellotron sounds.
As good as many more famous band!
Style is near Camel, Caravan, Gracious etc.
Band members other bands for instance New Seekers, Uriah Heep, Black Widow.
This is essential purchase.
Booklet is rather informative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you must buy the first album July 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Cressida is an interesting band from the early 70's. Sometimes they remind me of early Iron Butterfly, other times Steppenwolf, and sometimes even less popular bands such as Bloodrock and the Blues Image. Cressida's debut album is fantastic. I think if you're a fan of Justin Hayward from the Moody Blues, you will like the lead singers style. The band likes to include many of their songs with bouncy rhythm sections, which are understandably a bit strange at first, but gradually become more comfortable. Come to think of it, the lead singer also occasionally reminds me of the guy from Captain Beyond. The keyboard work is quite underrated as well- it's a pretty popular musical instrument throughout the album, and the swirls and twists that it offers are quite spectacular. I've never heard anything quite like it, in fact.

I love this album. I don't want anyone to think I'm calling it a rip-off of other bands from all those comparisons I mention above when in fact, I really don't care if these guys were ripping off anyone or not- I just care about hearing good music, and that's exactly what this album offers. Solid, enjoyable songwriting and a beautiful sound to their music.
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