Week of July 4, 2004


Del Gough - Drums
Bob Hodges - Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Kendrick - Bass, Vocals
Mick Ware - Guitar, Vocals

Czar (Fontana 6309 009) 1970

CD counterfeit: Fingerprint, 1995, with two bonus tracks, "Oh Lord I'm Getting Heavy" and "Why Don't We Be A Rock'n'Roll Band".

CD: Progressive Line, PL538, 2002

Oh Lord I'm Getting Heavy/Why Don't We Be A Rock'n'Roll Band (Philips 6006 071) 1970

A keyboard-driven album, admittedly derivative of bands like King Crimson but probably essential for fans of keyboard-dominated progressive rock. The opening and closing cuts: "Tread Softly On My Dreams" and "A Day In September" capture the band at its best, but "Cecelia" features some melodramatic instrumentation, and, by way of contrast, "Today" is a rather sentimental ballad. A clever counterfeit is currently circulating (referenced above), which is discernable only by the too new-looking label and the slightly vague edges of the corner. Beware! The bonus tracks on it are below par compared to the original album.

(Marcel Koopman/Vernon Joynson)

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1

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