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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ELEKTRA
  • ASIN: B004HUIF9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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I've been listening to this album since the late seventies and have always considered one of my personal "top ten" albums of all time.
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Excellent Audience Music from my youth.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Kim Fletcher on February 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"The House On The Hill" was probably Audience's most celebrated album and was their first collaboration with the very famous and trendy Gus Dudgeon (who came to fame with his work with Elton John) as producer which proved to be a meeting of complementary minds and humour lasting through the next Audience album and Howard Werth's solo career.
Audience was a band whose appeal is as fresh today as it was when they were influencing the hippest scene of the early seventies. They were described variously at the time as a "Progressive", "Underground" or "Art Rock" outfit, although their uniqueness actually defined any pigeonholing, but their influence was wide spread.
Audience was formed in early 1969 from the remnants of a psychedelic/soul band known as "The Lloyd Alexander Blues Band". Their original concept was based around Howard Werth's strong powerful voice and unique electric nylon strung guitar, plus the blaring echoing sax and flute of Keith Gemmell. Together with the underpinning heart beat of Trevor Williams' stomping bass and Tony Connor's inventive drum work (his live drum solos had to be seen to be believed).
The initial musical spark was built around a mixture of highly incongruous styles, including medieval folk, bossa nova, soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
It worked well, but soon developed into something of its own whilst getting louder and more suited to the larger venues at which they were increasingly being asked to play alongside such acts as Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, and many more.
By the time of "House On The Hill" (1971) Audience were at the peak of their creative style. Opening song "Jackdaw" is a truly powerful track with Werth's vocal complemented by Zappaesque Fuzz bass and clarinet from Gemmell.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Atwood on November 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In 1971, I was ten and my big brother brought home a couple of new records; Sabbath's "Master Of Reality," Jethro Tull's "Benefit" and "Aqualung," King Crimson's "Court Of The Crimson King" and Audience's "House On The Hill." At that time, we didn't have a television and I used to stay up all night listening to the song "House On The Hill." This was a creepy song with equally creepy lyrics and a haunting sax solo. This was the source of many nightmares and my interest in music (along with "The Yes Album"). This was (and is) a great album to lie in bed at night with the lights out and just absorb. Great album, great melodies, great arrangements, great musicians and great memories!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Between 1969 and 1972, the four members of Audience recorded five albums with varying ranges of brilliance and creativity. "House" is their best, and a sure proof of the difference a great producer can make. Gus Dudgeon produced three of Audience's LPs before leaving to craft Elton John's best works, including "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". For those totally unfamiliar with Audience, try listening to "Love Lies Bleeding/Funeral For A Friend" and imagine a full album of that sort of thing.
Led by Dudgeon, singer/guitarist Howard Werth and Keith Gemmel on sax and flute, Audience reached a level of innovation on "House on the Hill" that sublimely characterized that magical era of music production in the late 60s and early 70s, a period perhaps unmatched for creativity by any other in history.
Many bands of the time drew heavily on jazz, classical, old Renaissance era themes and structures (Rick Wakeman, Yes, Traffic) to create great music, but nobody topped Audience's achievment with "House on the Hill". I don't think anybody has since, either.
The album is built around the songwriting of Werth and bassist Trevor Williams, with a brilliant collboration between Werth and Gemmel on a paragon of gritty love story called "You're Not Smiling". Perhaps my personal favorite, though, is the only non-original on the album; their rendition of "I Put A Spell On You" still generates goosebumps and an inner churning that's hard to nail down, nearly 30 years later. The title cut, "Indian Summer", I Had A Dream", "Raviole" and "Jackdaw" are all the kind of songs that would justify the cost of a CD all by themselves. Put them on one album and you have a classic.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Jefferson Walker on March 26, 2005
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In my former life as an FM Underground DJ, I remember the day this album arrived at the station. It was based on the single semi-hit "Indian Summer" which never sounded as impressive as it could have since it was being played mostly on AM radio competing with Bubble Gum top 10.

A couple of us jocks put the album on and could not believe what we were hearing. At first play, we all swore Van Morrison had done some sort of off-label secret project. Werth's voice was so compelling, it had to be Morrison. And no one had ever heard of Audience at the time.

For weeks I played various cuts from the album on air every night. We never had such a strong response to an album. Everybody wanted to know who this was. We didn't really know at the time. It just appeared one day from out of nowhere in our ususal supply of free albums.

I lost my vinyl copy years ago. But the songs have haunted me since then. I could hear each of them somewhere in the back of my mind they became so etched in my memory.

I was poking around in the iTunes store yesterday and did one of my normal seaches for some of the old gems (Papa John Creach, Jesse Davis, etc.) and found the Audience "Audience" album, but not the greatest one, "Fool on the Hill". Dug deeper and found it here on Amazon and HAD TO ORDER!

I can't belive it. 34 years after breaking this album on the air, it still sounds as great and is just as emotional as it was back then. Truly a classic.
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