Cressida / Asylum Import
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The band's sound was driving but never tiring. Led by the organist and lead vocalist, the band was never about flashy instrumental pyrotechnics. Their sound was much more blues and jazz based comapred to the more common clasical influences of the time. Singer Angus Cullen has a warm, likeable voice that never gets in the way. One could say his range wasn't huge, but it's a very personable singing style. The vocals remind me of the Canterbury sound, but the instrumental abilities of Cressida don't quite match those bands. Overall, the band is much more focused on song development than any sort of endless soloing.
From the first release "Cressida", I'd say the stand out track is "Lights in my Mind." A combination of a great organ riff and driving rhythm section make for a memorable listen. My favorite on "Asylum", the second release, would be "Munich." Beautifully arranged and produced with a string section, this single track makes most of the progressive tracks of the time pale by comparison. Should have been a single, should have been a hit, but alas... Perfect listening for the quieter nights of autumn.
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magnifica combinacion de los dos unicos discos del grupo britanico. perfecto eslabon entre la psicodelia y el rock progresivo. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Juvenal Aragon