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Red Queen to Gryphon 3 Original recording remastered, Import

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Reissue of this classic album by the seventies medievel folk-rock band.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Opening Move
  2. Second Spasm
  3. Lament
  4. Checkmate


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 4, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B000Q6ZH9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John J. Howard on December 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you're a prog rock fan into Glasshammer, Pendragon, et al, then Gryphon is a real gem!
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!
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Back in the '70s when this was released on Bell Records, I thought it was a cool looking cover and bought the album. I was utterly blown away by the sound, a blend of guitar, recorder, percussion and bassoon playing a fusion of classical, contemporary, Celtic and a bit of jazz. But, it went the way of vinyl and I thought was lost forever.

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.
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Gryphon is quite the unique band. They have a Renaissance style that COMPLETELY dominates their sound and style. They don't care about electric guitar solos, drums, or anything like that. And yet, the music they made back in the day still has a distinct rock and roll style, fitting in extremely well with the diverse music scene in the 70's, and totally impresses me.

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.
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Released in 1974, this was Gryphon's third album for Transatlantic and without question, the best of the lot. After this, the material got less cohesive, and the band was history by 1977. But for a glorious moment, they had a perfect album - four instrumental pieces forming around the central theme of a chess game. This edition, for once not paired with Raindance, the album that followed, is on the Talking Elephant label, and not an easy one to get - I had to go with one of Amazon's Marketplace sellers to get it, but ImportCDs proved reliable as always (thanks, guys!). Worth every penny I invested, and for a prog fan, an essential addition to your collection. Don't miss it!
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This is probably the best of Gryphon's five albums (Treason is also very good). It has more classical overtones and is arranged as a folk/classical symphony with no vocals. I had this LP back in the 1970's CD. If you like any of Gryphon's material, you will like this album.
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