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Treason Import, Original recording remastered

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1977 release, the final album from the British Prog/Folk band. Gryphon played English Folk, renaissance chansons and Rock all rolled into one unique sound. They were notable for their unusual sound and instrumentation. Gryphon's music often sounded as much like rural English Folk or renaissance chansons as it did Rock, at least on their early recordings. After their third album (Red Queen to Gryphon Three) and the subsequent tour as a supporting act for Yes, their instrumentation became more conventional and the use of non-standard instruments was reduced. Talking Elephant. 2009.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spring Song
  2. Round and Round
  3. Flash in the Pantry
  4. Falero Lady
  5. Snakes and Ladders
  6. Fall of the Leaf
  7. Major Disaster


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Talking Elephant
  • ASIN: B002FUII0M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,051 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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treason, in my opion, is not the zenith of gryphon's musical repertoire, but it is a great album. since it appears to be the only thing available at the time i would suggest you consider purchasing it. i rate this group of musicians close on the heals of, if not equal to, the likes of yes, genesis, and pfm. if you have never ventured into their musical space...consider doing so. i believe some of their best music is to be found in their earlier catalog. PLEASE release this groups amazing talent to the public once again. thank you.
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While progressive rock manifests itself in many different ways, in the US or overseas, one can pretty much divide it into two major categories: instrumental and non-instrumental.
Gryphon, to me, was one of the best instrumental bands out there...literally, out there. Red Queen, Ein Klein, Ethelion, Juniper Suite... all these are examples of some of the most layered and complex instrumental tunes on the market. Most of Gryphon's vocal excursions (renditions of traditional tunes) were humorous ditties about Sirs, butchers, and a farmer's wife, serving as segues into the next wordless winner. One exception is Raindance's Fontinental Version: Gryphon winds a double helix of boggling vocals and sweeping instrumentation into a solid tune.
On Treason, Gryphon brings an altered line-up into the studio to produce an album in this Fontinental fashion. Words abound as do the instrumental intricacies that make the previous albums so golden. Snakes & Ladders is the album's token instrumental.
As far as recommending this album goes....I suggest that people more interested in complex music devoid of vocals make this their last Gryphon purchase. Those more into the vocal side of progressive rock might find this the place to start. I'm more of the instrumental type, and I still sprung for this CD after having heard each of the tracks.
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Perhaps caving in to commercial pressure (adding lots of rather nice vocals) and bad timing (1977 -- punk rock was becoming the big thing in Britain), on their final album Gryphon moves away from their more adventurous instrumentals and sounds sort of like a gentler Jethro Tull. And it works! "Spring Song" should have been a progressive-rock landmark. "Fall of the Leaf" and "Major Disaster" are nearly as good. The only wasted track is the one instrumental. Just goes to show that being brilliant and talented won't get you everything -- but these guys put out five really enjoyable, at times brilliant, albums. Buy them!
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Where Gryphon does not abandon the use of exotic instrumentation this is perhaps their most electric and energetic recording. This is a not too distant a cousin of mid-seventies Gentle Giant. A highly enjoyable recording of well-written and equally well-performed excentric British prog-rock. Great stuff. Highly recommended...Simon
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This is their final LP - released in 1977. Starting out as an English electric folk band and having success in a limited fashion, they embarked on this modest change in direction - adopting a more progressive style. Purists were shocked but folks who enjoyed the lighter side of Jethro Tull were charmed.
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