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Egg Import

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2008 digitally remastered and expanded edition. This now legendary debut album by Egg featured the talents of Dave Stewart on Keyboards, Mont Campbell on Bass and Clive Brooks on Drums. Egg were associated with the so-called "Canterbury" style of Rock music pioneered by artists such as Caravan and Soft Machine. The trio produced music of startling originality and energy, drawing on influences ranging from Rock to Jazz to Psychedelia to Classical. Critically regarded as one of the more unique albums of the early 1970's. Remastered from the original tapes, the Esoteric Recordings reissue includes three bonus tracks, including both sides of the bands only single and 'Movement 3' from the albums notorious opus 'Symphony No. 2', now restored in it's rightful place in this extended composition.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. While Growing My Hair
  2. I Will Be Absorbed
  3. Fugue in D Minor
  4. They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Piano...
  5. The Song of McGillicuddie the Pusillanimous (Or Don't Worry James, ...)
  6. Boilk
  7. Symphony No. 2: Movement 1/Movement 2/Blane/Movement 4

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B0012CQTQY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William Scalzo on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Aside from my obsession with Soft Machine, I'm usually more of a symph-prog fan than a Canterbury fan. Egg came out of the Canterbury scene and had the typical jazz overtones and humorous, self-referential lyrics. But this band had plenty of symph-prog about them as well. Egg had the same line-up as ELP, led by Hammond master Dave Stewart who was at least the equal of, if not better than Keith Emerson. And while Mont Campbell had a deeper voice than Greg Lake's, he too had that choirboy quality that made a line like "why don't you all go to hell" sound like he was inviting you to tea.

This band had the prog-rock pretention down in spades too, having the cheek to title a sidelong epic "Symphony #2" on this their FIRST album!

This CD features some absolutely phenomenal playing, and hardcore prog fans should give it a try. Keyboards fanatics should absolutely pick it up. Vocals are sparse and the long, inventive instrumental sections really suck you in and get you caught up in the classic prog jamming. For such "deep" prog, Egg manages to come up with tons of catchy riffs that are as addictive as pop music. Stewart was really a master of coming up with riffs that were both artistically pleasing and catchy and entertaining. The truly amazing thing about this 1970 debut is that the band members were all only about 20 years old at the time and had this amount of talent!

This CD features a segment of the "Symphony" that did not appear on the old vinyl album due to copyright issues with the estate of Stravinsky, who's music is quoted in the third movement. This CD also includes both the A and B sides of the band's one and only single, and for once I'm happy to report bonus tracks that are actually bonuses!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on July 29, 2006
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Released in 1970, this debut album by British band Egg is extremely complex progressive rock that is dominated by some incredible Hammond organ work. I guess that it is worth noting that although this keyboard-led trio is considered part of the "Canterbury' scene, the music sounds nothing like Caravan or Hatfield and the North (although the Canterbury sense of humor is present). Rather, the music of Egg combines a significant proportion of avant-garde tendencies with classical and some dissonant passages. In general though, over-the-top technical excess is the order of the day and I absolutely love it.

The musicians on this album include keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Stewart (Hammond organ, acoustic piano, mellotron, and tone generator - it's a crude synthesizer); Mont Campbell (vocals, bass guitar); and Clive Brooks (drums). All of these guys are simply phenomenal musicians and the individual and ensemble playing is simply out of this world. With respect to the bass player, Mont Campbell does not simply follow the left hand piano part but is thoroughly contrapuntal, which makes an Egg composition very interesting. Although Mont's vocal abilities are not great and sound a tiny bit dated at times, the vocals are not a big part of the Egg sound and do not detract from anything at all.

The tracks on the album range in length from the 0'09" experimental track Bulb to the excellent 25+ minute multi-movement Symphony No. 2. In general, the music on the album mixes experimental passages with some very nice adaptations of classical pieces (J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor along with Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King), incredible jamming, and quirky proggy tracks with vocals (While Growing my Hair, I will be Absorbed, and The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Warren W. Nelson on September 6, 2005
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"The music on this LP(cd) is not dancing music, but basically music for listening to. It is harmonically and rhythmically complex, designed to be as original as possible within the confines of the instrumental line-up; so it's pretty demanding on the listener's attention" begins the liner notes to this superb example of canterbury progressive album. Egg were a keyboard, bass, and drum outfit who were all excellant musicians especially keyboardist Dave Stewart who understood the concept of melody and improvisation inside the wonderful tone of his various keyboards. This is their intelligent and critically regarded debut which some have described as a cross between canterbury and rio which may be interpreted to mean melodically sophisticated to abstract progressive rock performed with great wit and artistic dedication. This is a great cd. also check out their even better follow up 'The Polite Force'
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1999
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Buy this CD! One of the all time best albums in the world.Do not but this if you want something to dance to.The off-beat rythums and melodies of Dave Stewart(later to form Hatfield & the North and National Health along with so many other projects!)on various keyboards, of course,Hugo-Montgomery Cambell on bass and vocal and Clive Brooks(later to join the Groundhogs)on drums, it's a progrock essential! BUY THIS CD!! I can't stress it enough!:)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rmac1117 on April 11, 2002
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Just 3 guys--producing more music together with a limited amount of musical equipment than most music bands of their time (early 70's) do, or anytime before or after. Drums, bass, RAUNCH organ (ironically, Billy Joel produced the same type of sound later on, coupling a keyboard to an amplifier, on a little-known side project), tone generator (YEEEEEEHAAAAH!!!), a little piano, and vocals. Suffice to say it SUFFICES...The vocal songs, "Growing My Hair", "Absorbed", "McGillicuddy", cross between hard rock, soft jazz, soft rock, and hard jazz...Egg makes that possible. The melodies are forever in your head, the beats are addictive. The version of the Bach piece gives it...LIFE. The whole experience, including the liner notes (on my LP sleeve) is an unpretentious lesson in music theory as it was meant to be.
But, the REAL highlight is the 4-section 20-minute Egg Symphony which comes next. The first section, a 5-minute workout in organ, bass, & cymbals, which interpolates Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" along the way, causes the listener to suppose "If I could PLAY like that!" The second, slower, longer movement could be something out of the "Blair Witch Project" & "Night of the Living Dead" SIMULTANEOUSLY, & features riffs from the Spring Round Dinosaur Walk from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." The 3rd section...well, I'm reminded that I'm glad to be alive. A 5 1/2-minute ASSAULLLLTTT on the tone generator (yes, a planet-earth device CAN produce all those different sounds) bridged by an organ-ic hymn accompanied in the background by a bass-loop rumbling like thunder. The final section returns to a jazz structure with an irreverent melody punctuated by drum/bass features.
Deram knew its stuff back in the day. This album needs to be blended, over easy...
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