Thursday, 6 August 2009

Lucifers Friend - Beggars Banquet ( 1974 )

Probably "Lucifers Friend"

best album, which is not really Krautrock, but far more 70's british prog rock sounding. In fact you'll find some "Beggars Opera" similarity, especially on the lengthy opener "Spanish Galleon" which is a fantastic mix of styles. One minute jazzy, then prog rock and amazingly almost breaking out into Santana .......... " Oye Como Va " no less!

Every track is great here except one "High Flying Lady-Goodbye", which is really a straight throw away rock number, when compared to the rest of the tracks.

The addition of brass / string and woodwinds really adds a lot of colour. This is true progressive rock at its best with lots of complex but flowing arrangements and the vocals are excellent.

A great prog rock album then, especially if you like " Beggars Opera " " Blood Sweat & Tears" early "Chicago" and " Santana "

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. Spanish Galleon (11:50)
2. Thus Spoke Oberon (6:44)
3. High Flying Lady-Goodbye (3:40)
4. Sorrow (11:36)
5. Dirty Old Town (4:46)

Total Time: 38:36

Line-up / Musicians - John Lawton / vocal
- Peter Hecht / piano, organ, mood, synthesizer, Fender Rhodes
- Dieter Horns / bass, backing vocals
- Peter Hesslein / guitar, 12 string guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion, backing vocals
- Herbert Bornhold / drums, percussion, backing vocals
Guest musician:
- Herb Geller / Soprano saxophone solo on (1) and flute on (4)

Lucifer's Friend - Spanish Galleon

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