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Civil Surface Import, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Import, Original recording remastered, September 17, 2007
Vinyl, Import, 1974
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Led by the keyboard work and composing abilities of Dave Stewart (and NO, not the same Dave Stewart who played in the Eurhythmics with Annie Lennox...), Egg also enjoyed the amazing contributions of Mont Campbell (these days calling himself Dirk Campbell) - on bass, French horn, piano and vocals; and the equally-able Clive Brooks on drums and percussion. The group is joined here by several very capable co-conspirators: Lindsay Cooper (oboe and bassoon) and Tim Hodgkinson (clarinet) from the great band Henry Cow; Jeremy Baines (`germophone' and `bonk' - he's a flute player, and often gives whimsical names to his contributions to various albums); Amanda Parsons, Ann Rosenthal and Barbara Gaskin contribute WONDERFUL vocals (they are credited as `The Northettes' on later albums by Hatfield and the North, Dave Stewart's later project); Steve Hillage (of Gong, guitar on `Wring out the ground); and, finally, performing the two wind quartets with Mont Campbell are Maurice Cambridge (clarinet), Stephen Solloway (flute) and Chris Palmer (bassoon).Read more ›
On this effort, their is a cohesive and organic flow to the wide range of changes and the improvisations tend to be even more provocative in the range of contrast and color. Their music categorized in the Canterbury - prog toward experimental/avant garde but very harmonically and melodically pleasing with a great deal of subtle humor, much better than similar contemporaries such as Gong or Matching Mole.
Their lack of commercial success is regrettable in that they were as talented as any band at the time and the potenetial was unlimited had they stayed together. this, however, represents the greater challenges and artistic rewards which distinguishes the progressive rock medium.
The Virgin Jap remaster is THE definitive cd vrsion to have, the Brit import sounds rather compressed and flat.
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Esoteric Recordings of the UK (part of the giant Cherry Red group of labels) have been doing a full-on brilliant job of reissuing unloved Progressive Rock albums for years now -... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Barry
i bought this on vinyl when it first came out years ago. i didn't really like it very much then. well after a few decades, i thought i'd try it again. Read morePublished on July 14, 2010 by Joseph L. Kolb
What often seperates great from bad prog is flash being ommited for true rigorous expermentation: with tonality and meter. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ