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Digitally remastered edition of this 1972 album. Initially formed by duo Martin Cockerham and Mark Francis in Bolton in 1968, the band expanded when Cockerham was a student in Canterbury at the end of 1969. The expanded line-up featured Martin Cockerham (guitar, vocals), Barbara Gaskin (lead vocals), Steve Borrill (bass) and Julian Cusack (violin, keyboards) and secured a contract with B&C Records in 1970. In 1973 the band recorded their third album, released on Polydor Records. By this time Spirogyra had become a core of Martin Cockerham (guitar, vocals) and Barbara Gaskin (lead vocals) with Steve Borrill (bass) and guest musicians Dave Mattacks (drums), Julian Cusack (violin, keyboards), Henry Lowther (trumpet), John Boyce (cello), Stan Sulzman (flute) and Steve Ashley (whistle). The album is rightly hailed as a classic of the era and this Esoteric Recordings newly remastered edition celebrates this legendary album, featuring a booklet with new essay. Esoteric.
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This albums represents the beginning and the end of the best period for the band: in fact Mrs Barbara Gaskin, by entering the world of Canterburian Music after this experience with Spyrogyra, will join Hatfield and the North...however- after all- it's a remarkable album, especially if you're completely into such a particular prog-folk, even though I prefer another kind of prog-folk (more "symphonic prog oriented" I mean, a-la Renaissance...)
The writing is first rate-the songs are a bit more upbeat and 'psychedelic' here, for want of a better term-yet done with grace and good judgment.
There are still subtle social, political and philosophical/spiritual tones to the songs, some done with wit, and a touch of madness.
It is too bad that much of Cockerhams acoustic guitar playing is buried in the mix-some of it is absolutely astounding-this is a mandatory headphone-listening recording.
And the arrangments, which are complex, can change at a moments notice, yet are very involving, memorable and delightful.
And then there is the lovely, sultry voice of hippy dream-girl Barbara Gaskin,
(a complement), weaving in and out of the proceedings, adding depth and harmonies with Martin on much of the record.
And from what ive heard-they were even better live-hard as that is to believe.
Martin Cockerham is now working to release an album of live material-with perhaps some of an unfinished 4th album.
Go there to find lyrics, news, photos, and some SPIROGYRA history, as well as what Martiin is up to.
He seems to have taken to the teachings of KRSNA(?)-and some of the site will reflect that.
It is too bad that this record is not on alternative playlists on College stations-
people dont know what they're missing-