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This band had the prog-rock pretention down in spades too, having the cheek to title a sidelong epic "Symphony #2" on this their FIRST album!
This CD features some absolutely phenomenal playing, and hardcore prog fans should give it a try. Keyboards fanatics should absolutely pick it up. Vocals are sparse and the long, inventive instrumental sections really suck you in and get you caught up in the classic prog jamming. For such "deep" prog, Egg manages to come up with tons of catchy riffs that are as addictive as pop music. Stewart was really a master of coming up with riffs that were both artistically pleasing and catchy and entertaining. The truly amazing thing about this 1970 debut is that the band members were all only about 20 years old at the time and had this amount of talent!
This CD features a segment of the "Symphony" that did not appear on the old vinyl album due to copyright issues with the estate of Stravinsky, who's music is quoted in the third movement. This CD also includes both the A and B sides of the band's one and only single, and for once I'm happy to report bonus tracks that are actually bonuses!Read more ›
The musicians on this album include keyboardist extraordinaire Dave Stewart (Hammond organ, acoustic piano, mellotron, and tone generator - it's a crude synthesizer); Mont Campbell (vocals, bass guitar); and Clive Brooks (drums). All of these guys are simply phenomenal musicians and the individual and ensemble playing is simply out of this world. With respect to the bass player, Mont Campbell does not simply follow the left hand piano part but is thoroughly contrapuntal, which makes an Egg composition very interesting. Although Mont's vocal abilities are not great and sound a tiny bit dated at times, the vocals are not a big part of the Egg sound and do not detract from anything at all.
The tracks on the album range in length from the 0'09" experimental track Bulb to the excellent 25+ minute multi-movement Symphony No. 2. In general, the music on the album mixes experimental passages with some very nice adaptations of classical pieces (J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor along with Grieg's Hall of the Mountain King), incredible jamming, and quirky proggy tracks with vocals (While Growing my Hair, I will be Absorbed, and The Song of McGillicudie the Pusillanimous).Read more ›
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First of all I just stepped inside after getting the mail and apparently stepped in the worlds biggest spider web, so while I'm sitting here trying to enjoy the music I'm picking... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Bryan
I love 2 of the musical pieces. The other cuts seem like musical experiments which don't interest me to listen to more than once. 'Fugue in D Minor' is exceptional.Published on February 18, 2011 by Gordon J. Hoffman
Had this for quite a while. Never explored the second side much. But the Bach Fugue is excellent as is the second cut (I Shall Be Absorbed). Read morePublished on February 11, 2010 by ProggaWogga
If you want a not-quite-as-serious version of ELP. please consider buying this CD. While not as popular as their countrymen, Egg succeeded in re-working classical pieces such as... Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Synth on a Plinth
Egg was one of the earliest bands of what was to become "the Canterbury sound" with their neo-classical keyboards, abstruse time signatures, powerhouse drumming and virtuoso bass... Read morePublished on November 2, 2007 by Robert Carlberg
Just 3 guys--producing more music together with a limited amount of musical equipment than most music bands of their time (early 70's) do, or anytime before or after. Read morePublished on April 11, 2002 by rmac1117
Although I love the genre, progressive rock, some of it has a problem with its humanity, or lack of. Rock and roll has first and formost always been about the human. Read morePublished on March 13, 2002 by Robert Cossaboon