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Treason [LP, DE, Harvest 1C 066-06 355]
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the last of Gryphon's five LPs. It is more rock-oriented than its predecessors. I like it the best of all of their albums.Published 15 months ago by David J. McMaster
Gryphon's pseudo-medieval exercises are of the same nature as the experiments with classical music of such groups as ELP, Deep Purple, Egg and, to a lesser degree, Yes. Read morePublished on March 25, 2003 by MMM
This album has some fine moments, but overall is a letdown after the instrumental bliss of "Red Queen to Gryphon Three". Read morePublished on February 5, 2002 by woburnmusicfan