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Tempest Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the 1973 debut album from the group formed by Colosseum drummer Jon Hiseman. Upon the demise of Hiseman's previous group, he formed the muscular outfit Tempest with Colosseum bassist Mark Clarke guitarist Allan Holdsworth and vocalist and keyboardist Paul Williams. The band's debut album was a fine work and featured exemplary musicianship from the quartet. Esoteric.

1. Gorgon
2. Foyers of Fun
3. Dark House
4. Brothers
5. Up and on
6. Grey and Black
7. Strangeher
8. Upon Tomorrow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 3, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 1972
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B004PAGJEW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,772 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Speedy VINE VOICE on August 20, 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is an album filled to the brim with those Cream type chords, energy and style. Just more modern, more jazz rock fusion influenced and with a spectacular Holdsworth solo on almost every song. Paul Williams has that Jack Bruce type voice but is not exactly the same. This also reminded me of the I.O.U. Holdsworth album which has Paul Williams on vocals (and which you should get immediately if you don't own it already). Holdsworth even plays a MEAN violin on a track which is one of the best on this album. Also, Hiseman is a great drummer as you probably know. All in all, an album with memorable songs and great playing. Specially recommended to fans of Cream, Jack Bruce, Colosseum and Holdsworth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kenneth j cerveny on September 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it was first released in 1973. I just recently had to dispose of it for two reasons: 1)It was worn out, 2)My turntable died and I already had most albums I wanted to keep on CD("...sniff...bye Tempest.."), never thinking I'd miss it. WRONG!!! Found the CD at Amazon and the price would have been right at double the cost.
This album sounds fresh even 27 years after its initial release. For anyone on the fence, thinking about buying this album, don't hesitate. You will not be sorry you spent the money! Jazz time signatures and knuckle busting guitar chords in a hard rock setting. The lyrics are basically meaningless; vocals are used mainly as an instrument within the context of the band, just like good Jazz.
In 1973, I had a friend who owned a record store and one day when I stopped in, he told me I had to listen to this new album, a new band from the UK, Tempest. I waited while he started "Up and On" and was completely blown away within a minute and bought it on the spot. Little did I know that the entire album was great.
Since that time, I have given tape copies of the original LP to musician friends. The guitar players have tried to emulate Alan Holdsworth, the drummers Jon Heisman, but none of the bands have ever even attempted to try to do a Tempest track. Complex, dense, and the best hard rock you will ever hear. Buy this disc NOW!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pettersson on March 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I saw one of the first concerts with Tempest, it was back in the early 1970:s. It started with Alan playing fiddle ( in stereo ), i was wery confused for about 3 minutes, then everything exploded and some of the best music i have ever heard came out of the speakers. Paul Williams ( one of my absolute favorite singers ) sang like only he can. The rest of the band was on their best mood and they did one of the best concerts i have ever seen. I saw them again about one year after, then Paul Williams Was gone and Alan Holdworth had quit beeing replaced with Ollie Halssal. They were still a good band but the magic was gone.
My advice to you is!! BYE THE TEMPEST album!! It must be one of the best "hard rock" albums ever.
Michael
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Eastlack on August 29, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I used to have this record when it first came out in 1973. Then I bought the first cd issue when that came out and what happened to it, I do not know. Now, I've got it again and it is remastered,but not expanded. Whoever told Amazon that it is expanded needs to have their head expanded. I love this entire album just as I did in 1973, only better. The sound is crisp and sharp. The tunes 'Gorgon', 'Dark House', Brothers' and 'Up and On' never sounded better, in fact, they are greater. I love the entire full length of this cd, it's just that the other aforementioned tunes are the standouts for me. This album is the BOMB !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R W Butcher on January 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest rock albums of the 70s. Four great talent combined with some excellent material this is a great album, its heavy, its melodic, mind numbing muscician ship. Its Deep Purple in rock, its Le Zepplin 4 its better than both. Gorgon will stop your breath and stranger will raise your heartbeat. One of the very best, by the best.
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