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Gryphon [Original recording remastered, Import]

GryphonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 16, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B000R8P50A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Touch And Go
4. Three Jolly Butchers
5. Pastime With Good Company
6. The Unquiet Grave
7. Estampie
8. Crossing The Styles
9. The Astrologer
10. Tea Wrecks
11. Juniper Suite
12. The Devil And The Farmers Wife

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Debut from early '70s British folk-rockers who veered quickly into Prog

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Medieval Folk Rock August 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I don't really know how to describe this album. Its not too much like Gryphon's "Red Queen to Gryphon Three", probably their most popular album, though its somewhat similar to their second release "Midnight Mushrumps." I really like both of those releases, but their is something very unique about this album. No electric instruments, just recorders, crumhorns (which I love), a harpsichord, bassoon, acoustic guitar, and some frenetic drumming by Dave Oberle. Oberle's voice, which would have no place in contemporary music, fits in perfectly here as well.

The music is a bit medieval, a bit renaissance, and a bit early '70s British Folk, like some Fairport or Strawbs (particularly the song "Witchwood"). This is one of my favorite albums of all time and I recommend it to anyone looking for something interesting or unique with an early music flavor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You had to be there... January 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
There was a lot of interest in things Renaissance in the late 60's and early 70's. This was when the Renaissance Pleasure Faire first began in Los Angeles. (at a time when it was actually pretty cool) It was a time of Steeleye Span and Robin Williamson. It was a time of Gryphon. Gryphon began as a straight ahead if somewhat irreverant consort, with the full complement of Crummhorn, Rackett, Recorder, Organ, Guitar and hand percussion.

This is their debut album, and the musicianship is fine throughout. Kemp's jig has never sounded so ballsy.

This band rolled with the punches and created a suite for the RSC (Magic Mushrumps_ a rock/pop transitional album and finally morphed into a prog rock unit.

Each of their incarnations is worth hearing, and if you look for faithful renditions of Renaissance material, check out Richard Harvey's solo albums. Harvey's dad is possibly responsible for the resurgence of the recorder as a musical instrument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More medieval folk than progressive, still great January 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Most progressive rock fans will look to Red Queen to Gryphon Three as their crowning achievement. It's that point at their career that they most successfully fused the medieval folk elements with progressive. But let's rewind to their 1973 debut. The group consisted of guitarist Graeme Taylor, bassoonist Brian Gulland, recorder player Richard Harvey, and percussionist David Oberle. Notice the lack of bassist Philip Nestor, who'd join the group after, and helped move them to a more progressive direction. OK, so this isn't exactly progressive, it's medieval folk music, heavy on the recorders, bassoons, and crumhorns. Some organ is used too. Many of the songs are covers of centuries old folk songs, including King Henry VIII's "Pastime with Good Company", plus what I really feel is the album's finest song: "The Unquiet Grave", this is probably the finest song that Gryphon had ever done. It's probably one of the finest versions of a traditional English folk song I've ever heard! It's also a rather vocal-dominated album. Many times the vocals work great, but I warn you that "Three Jolly Butchers" (same for "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife") will not appeal to everyone, you'd either find the vocals cheesy or charming. The music is quite different from the likes of Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span simply because of the instrumentation used, and they didn't use a fiddle.

This will not appeal to early music purists. For example, on "Esptampie", you'll hear Brian Gulland slip in "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Chattanooga Choo-Choo", just to show the not so serious side of the group (any early music purist would cringe at that as badly as folk purists did when Bob Dylan went electric during the 1965 Newport Folk Festival). I got a kick off it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woodwind explosion March 14, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had dipped a toe into this kind of music with a couple of Circulus albums, which I love, but this CD is the absolute motherlode. I haven't even finished listening to it and it's already my favourite purchase of the year. I never knew you could SHRED on a recorder, but track one soon proves it's possible.

I live in Los Angeles, where people tend to cruise around town blaring R&B out of their cars. Well, the people of LA had better get ready for some recorder prog...
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