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Digitally remastered edition of the one and only album from the power rock band formed by the late Keith Relf (ex of The Yardbirds), Martin Pugh (from Steamhammer), drummer Bobby Caldwell (who had worked with Johnny Winter...not the singer of "What You Won't Do For Love" fame) and bassist Lou Cennamo. Comes on a picture disc in a digipak and extensive sleeve notes and lyrics.
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Paths, Planes and Future gains is the shortest number on this record that features a hard edge bent and is quite upbeat and a bit angst similar to the opening number Buzzard. Once again, Martin Pughs' guitar playing is the focal point here and he does display his wares accordingly. Bobby Caldwell's drumming is quite the equal plus here as his rhythm patterns remain interesting and tasteful, similar to what he had done in Captain Beyond previously. Last Stand Before follows and is quite a boogie-rocker but seems to lose a bit of flavor and focus halfway through the end of its eight minutes plus length despite the harmonica and guitar "call and response" style that is tagged on to its fade out. Armageddon's sole debut ends with an eleven and a half "tour-de-force" in Medley: Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun. Its broken into 4 parts with the minute long intro begun by the ensemble with an urgency and hard rock speed that introduces the main theme of "the Midnight Sun". Part 3 entitled Brother Ego is a slower, groovier bit that slithers and slides rather effortlessly through the "in the pocket" hands of the rhythm section of Caldwell and Cennamo, carried by Martin Pugh's sinewy and biting lead guitar lines. Ending back to the reprise, Midnight Sun remains a solid closing number to a record that has a harder-edged bent to its ilk and its certainly the closest that Keith Relf came to doing a project that mined the same territory his former cohort in the Yardbirds, Mr. Jimmy Page, had then presently, been enjoying massive success with his band Led Zeppelin.
Records like this deserve a listen and acknowledgement as to their interesting and "lost gem" qualities. Captain Beyond's debut album is certainly within this realm as well. Its a shame that Relf wasn't strong enough physically to sustain touring behind this record and as a result, despite the praise of critics and the buying public's interest, it virtually vanished without a trace. Well, I felt the need to post this review because I do like the record, despite a few minor hiccups like the previously mentioned Last Stand Before, for the most part, this is a stone solid record. Check it out. 4 stars
Peace! By Jonathan Still
Driving bass lines, riffs that were for their time way out front. Syncopated beats and key changes keep the music moving and fresh.
Even though this album is "dated" it still, to this day, is a fresh, booming musical extravaganza.
I HIGHLY recommend it for all of you head bangers and hard rock aficionados.
For one reason, Silver Tightrope absolutely the most brilliant but simple song to play. this song just stays with you.
One of the original "super groups", Armageddon features Martin Pugh on guitars, Bobby Caldwell on drums, Louis Cennamo on Bass, and of course Keith Relf on harmonica & vocal.
Silver Tightrope (track 2) is an absolutely "must have" for any rock collection. Buzzard (track 1) sets this track #2 up perfectly.
If you could combine Yes with The Yardbirds, well 'here tis.