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Cressida Import

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Digitally remastered edition of the 1971 debut album from the British Art rockers. Cressida were formed at the end of the 1960s, with a sound not dissimilar to the Moody Blues. They combined a heavy organ and mellotron sound (courtesy of keyboard player Peter Jennings) with vocalist Angus Cullen's singing. Repertoire.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B003L0VJHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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My recollection is that this band was made up of a bunch of UK studio musicians; not surprisingly, the playing is excellent throughout. Twelve perfectly crafted songs, each featuring interesting lyrics and concise (and expertly crafted) solos by the guitarist and keyboardist. Guitarist John Heyworth sings one tune and sounds suspiciously like Justin Hayward; keyboardist Peter Jennings plays precise, tasteful solos, and if you love the deep, dark sound of a Hammond B-3 organ, you will love this guy's playing (especially the long solo on the track "Depression", which is absolutely beautiful). This album was the first of two, and definitely the one to have if you're only having one (the second alb, "Asylum", has a different guitarist and the song writing isn't up to par; a bit of the "sophomore slump"). Very strange and cool album art as well.
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Forget "easy listening" prog. Vocalist Angus Cullen sings somewhat in the vein of Justin Hayward, but that's where the comparison to the Moody Blues ends. Cressida's debut from 1970 is full of swirling organ, jazzy percussion, great fuzz guitar, and lots of swing. The title track "Cressida" is superb, with its great organ riff and snappy drums. "To Play Your Little Game" and "Lights In My Mind" are in the same upbeat vein. There are also more melancholic moments such as "Depression" and "Down Down". Cressida were one of the early progressive groups to incorporate the mellotron, but they used it to much greater effect on their 2nd album "Asylum". In fact, "Asylum" is their best and most progressive. This debut tends to shorter, poppier, more driving songs with a touch of psychedelia. The main complaint may be that this kind of music will sound "dated" to some. It's still highly enjoyable and much overlooked. Fans of early UK prog in the vein of Spring, Gracious, Fantasy or Beggars Opera should really love this. And if you like prog rock with lots of organ, this could be for you.
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I heard this album years ago and for some reason it stuck in my mind so I did a search on it. I'm glad to see that it is still available so now I will buy it. The only reason I didn't give this album 5 stars is because I couldn't get enough of the guitar work, the guy did some brilliant stuff but was really subdued in a lot of the material so I'm disappointed. However I will do further searches on this guitarist (John Heyworth) and see what I can come up with. I hope he is still around and still making albums.
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Imagine if the lead singer of the Moody Blues (Justin Hayward) auditioned for Deep Purple and imagine if the songwriting was highly enjoyable in the same way, er, let me think here- Arthur Lee's Love is. That's sort of what Cressida is like.

It's amazing JUST how much the lead singer resembles Justin Hayward. I am absolutely in love with this, and the follow-up Asylum. I put this band in the same camp as other rock acts such as Camel in that, while they are tagged as progressive rock, they actually play the kind of music that ANYONE can like, because that's just the nature of the band. They don't try to irritate the listener, they don't try to be anything they're not- Cressida just wants you to like them, simple as that, and they succeed.

Cressida comes across as just a likeable band and this album will show you how good they were at writing music. A must buy, or better yet, get that collection with this and Asylum that amazon is selling currently. Great stuff.
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By Knurrert on September 30, 2013
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Got this and Asylum on LP in Stockholm by chance. I like Tull, Crimson, Van der Graaf, Floyd and Camel. So if you do, I think you will like this. Though it is a very soft approach to progressive rock, I think. To play Your little game is my favourite and the obvious classic I think from this album.
If I should compare, I would definatly say that they are closest to Van der Graaf Generator than anyone menthioned above. Asylum is also good, but I think this one is the better.
If you are collecting good prog Music, I will recommend this one. It is Worth the cost.
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