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  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 1974
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B002A9MN86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,098 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of the Prog Rockers' 1974 album, their third overall. Greenslade was the brainchild of Dave Greenslade and Tony Reeves. Eight tracks. Wounded Bird.

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Imaginative, varying, playful, enjoyable, entertaining!
Proge Man
10 years ago I bought their first effort "Greenslade", and their second "Bedside manners are extra", which are both great.
Musick
"Spirit of the Dance" is in familiar Greenslade territory, lots of nice organ and Mellotron, plus great synths.
BENJAMIN MILER

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By znodog on February 5, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is absolutely the best Greenslade, its got all the great elements of the previous 2, but its a lot more adventurous with its very special guest list and additional instrumentation. Lawson's playing and singing never sounded better, and the crispy drumming and burning keyboard work of the opening tune sets the mood for a great listen. I waited for a long time to find this on cd, People have been trying to sell this between 44.00 and 123.00, I couldnt believe it when I found a seller that sold it to me for 15.00, I still have a grin on my face..If you have Greenslade, Bedside Manners Are Extra, then you need Spyglass Guest. Also try and find Time And Tide.Beautiful, fun and timeless...and get it while its available!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Redmond on May 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, I think you can ignore the previous reviewer's comments about Lawson's vocals. They are an acquired taste and a part of the Greenslade sound (see my other review on "Bedside Manners...." for a more in-depth discussion on this). Secondly, some people may think it irrelevant but for us visual people, the cover is missing a Roger Dean masterpiece. I think they should have forced Roger to do all Prog covers. Anyway, a Roger Dean cover for this album is sorely missed after the first two fine covers. Is it a little thing? Well, it seems to set the tone for the whole album. Greenslade started as an unusual band with 2 keyboard players, no guitarists and beautiful Roger Dean covers which seemed to capsulize their unique sound. Now, suddenly we find guitar solos on some of the tracks. The electric guitar is an instrument that is very upfront, and it immediately comes to the forefront instead of blending with the other instruments. I love the guitar sound but here I find it annoying. It is an unnecessary extra over the top of nice keyboard work. This album is so mixed, that it seems they didn't quite know which direction they wanted to go in. It truly sounds like some of the songs were left-over songs that didn't fit into earlier albums. But this album also contains some very good Greenslade tracks. The album isn't bad as such, it just isn't very cohesive, and as Prog lovers, if an album isn't a concept album, it can at least sound like the tracks belong together. If this doesn't bother you very much, then it's no risk to purchase this album, the songs are good but not great, yet many reviewers think Greenslade isn't great in the first place. They have always been a second tier band.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on March 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Greenslade were never a big time act, you know they'll never make the big time like Yes or Genesis, but they made four worthy albums. I really think 1974's Spyglass Guest was their best album, despite a weak cover of Jack Bruce's "Theme for an Imaginary Western". The music is more polished, Dave Lawson's voice seems easier for me to take in, and the album contains some of the finest music Greenslade ever made. Unfortunately the album started showing schisms between Dave Greenslade and Dave Lawson, as many of the cuts they don't even play together. It's probably the reason Tony Reeves left the band after this album. The music tends to have a bit of a jazzier feel, in that electric piano tends to dominate more, luckily Dave Greenslade's organ and Mellotron are still used. The album even gets outside help from Dave "Clem" Clempson, ex-Colosseum and then Peter Frampton's replacement in Humble Pie, and String Driven Thing and future Van der Graaf (without Generator) violinst Graham Smith.

The album was released on Warner Bros. in the UK as was all their albums there. While Bedside Manners are Extra never received a US release, Spyglass Guest (as well as their final album, Time and Tide) was released on Mercury here. In Italy, the album was released on Vertigo, strangely on the swirl label, which was put out of commission in the UK in 1973, but still was used in Italy as late as 1976.

"Spirit of the Dance" is in familiar Greenslade territory, lots of nice organ and Mellotron, plus great synths. I really get a kick off "Little Red Fry Up", here the band is showing their humorous side, something usually absent on a Greenslade album. "Rainbow" is a slower piece, but I found it a rather stunning piece. I really love that synth solo found on "Siam Seesaw".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Musick on June 3, 2010
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This was my first and only Greenslade LP in the 70's, and I played it a lot for a relative short period of time. Then I kind of forgot about it (and Greenslade), and then I sold my LP's in the early 80's.

10 years ago I bought their first effort "Greenslade", and their second "Bedside manners are extra", which are both great. It probably has a lot to do with nostalgia, but "Spyglass Guest" is not just great. It's magic, (wo)man! Beauty is in the ears of the beholder, sure, and I sure love my ears tonight.

I (a 50 year old/young human beeing) got home from work today, and there it was in my mailbox: "Spyglass Guest". I had totally forgotten about it, and I thought (without much ethusiasm in my head): "Oh, that one... ok..." I made, and ate, some dinner, and kind of forgot about it...

Half an hour went by, and then memory rose to the surface, and the rest goes like this: Damn! Music playing with my ears (and mind) in such a way is unheard of (sic)! No plans for red wine tonight, but who can resist it? Not MY ears mouth, anyway...

This joyious-melancolic-jazz-prog-melody-beauty in crystal clear sound... Instruments Truly Playing with Each Other, giving Room, giving Space... all balanced, and held together, by the Great, Punchy Drumming and the Ugly-Beautiful Vocals...

Well... Cheers!
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