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  • Vinyl (November 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Guerssen Records
  • ASIN: B0045DO97I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,985,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This kind of music does not loose it's quality over time.
jdrmusiclover
This is really one of the great lost gems of British prog rock.
BENJAMIN MILER
The brass arrangements are top notch (must be ex-jazzers!)
Mark53

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on August 7, 2006
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Samurai was essentially a continuation of Web, who in 1970 released the album I Spider on Polydor. That album marked Dave Lawson's first recordings. Web did release two albums prior to I Spider with an American vocalist John L. Watson with Fully Interlocking (1968) and Theraphosa Blondi (1970), which are said to be pop/psychedelic offerings. After I Spider, sax player Tom Harris left, and for some reason the band was now called Samurai (I suspect Tom Harris had the rights to the Web name, but I can't be certain). They brought in two new wind players with Tony Roberts and Fay. Aside from these two new guys, the lineup was the same with vocalist/keyboardist Dave Lawson, guitarist Tony Edwards, bassist Tony Eaton, drummer Kenny Beveridge, and drummer/percussionist Lennie Wright. The band was now recording for a far more obscure label, Greenwich. Original LPs are extremely difficult to come by, but luckily its been reissued on CD. I have the Italian reissue on the Akarma label, which comes in a digipak, but does not include those live bonus cuts like earlier reissues did.

Really, I have to say Samurai is by far the finest album Dave Lawson ever played on. His singing doesn't seem so strained or high-pitched as on those Greenslade albums. The album is mellower, overall than I Spider, and there's a stronger King Crimson feel. "More Rain" is a nice, pleasant number that brings to mind Jade Warrior, especially the flutes. "Maudie James" continues in that nice, early '70s jazzy prog manner, while "Give a Little Love" tends to be more rocking. "As I Dried My Tears Away" is a great closer with lots of creative passages. This is really one of the great lost gems of British prog rock. This was the last we heard from Web/Samurai. Most of the guys had simply disappeared (likely to their day jobs), with one big exception, Dave Lawson, of course, who found his fame and fortune with Greenslade.

This album comes highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark53 on March 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This, like the preceeding album when they were called Web was part of the trilogy of first (and last) releases on a label called Greenwich (the others were by 'open road' and 'day of pheonix'(possibly in my own opinion my favourite album of all time-find it you won't regret it!) they are all (like Web) incredibly rare and so hats off to the people that have reissued on c.d. Samurai is a prime slice of early seventies prog-rock, lengthy tracks with lots of time changes and incredible instrumental solos. The brass arrangements are top notch (must be ex-jazzers!) and well executed. Standout has to be 'maudie james' with great lyrics and keyboards from Dave Lawson. The album is one of those that i return to over and over again, finding something new each time. A pity that when Lawson joined Greenslade (his songs were always the stand outs) he seemed to give way to Dave Greenslade's compositions too much. Hence why there albums were pretty lacklustre. Any Samurai (and Web)are the ones to check out. Save a fortune by not getting the vinyl!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jdrmusiclover on October 16, 2006
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I totally agree with the other reviewer; (by now there is only one).

I don't have very much to add, except that this album is enjoyable from start to end.

It is not one of these albums where there is only one or two great songs and you can throw away ther rest.

It has something very distinctive and original.

This kind of music does not loose it's quality over time.

Somme jazzy influences, but the album can really be classified into pop, or progressive music, or progressive rock.

Sounds like an English band. (I don't know where they come from)

Anyway, full of swing(ing) energy

Feels really good to me.

(I own an old vinyl)

And have a nice day, by the way
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