Red Queen to Gryphon 3 Original recording remastered, Import
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I have to admit I was totally unfamiliar with them (there are, after all, literally hundreds of prog rock bands past & present), but I happened to catch them on XM channel 76, and ended up buying this CD based on hearing one song!
I was not dissapointed! This CD embodies many of the traits I love in prog rock including complex themes ranging from quiet interludes to glorious crescendos. The total absence of vocals is irrelevent as the music is complete in and of itself.
Prog rock fans, this one is definitely worth a listen!
I looked a few times over the years to see if it was re-released on CD but to no avail--until now. I seized the opportunity and even got an earlier Gryphon; Red Queen has a totally different sound as it's not a modern interpretation of ancient Celtic songs/ballads, but is rather a contemporary work of art. I love this piece, and ecstatic to have it in my collection again.
This album features songwriting that's taken to a more consistent approach. No more instrumental passages that do nothing but sit there and sound pretty. Now the band has musical ideas that are actually *good* and draw you into their unique, colorful Renaissance-influenced sound.
There are moments that sound like Jethro Tull around the time they were working on the Thick as a Brick album. I really really think the beginning three minutes of "Lament" is the best moment in music EVER. See what I said there? Not the best moment in rock music only, best moment in music OF ALL TIME! It's THAT good. You have to hear it to know what I mean.
"Opening Move" is quite impressive as well with some Gentle Giant influences.
A must own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In the seventies I had this album in vinyl, like a lot of other non commercial music it is hard to find now. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't realise that Gryphon had even brought out more than one album so, while still elated from having found a copy of their first album on Amazon, I thought I'd get Red Queen... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Pete Randall
To be sincere, considering all about I have ever heard about Gryphon, this 1974' 3rd outcome of the honest band Gryphon, it didn't reach the average of my expectation range. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Newton Sgobbi