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    Main » 2010 » November » 1 » Canterbury Glass ~ 2007 ~ Sacred Scenes And Characters
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    Canterbury Glass ~ 2007 ~ Sacred Scenes And Characters
    Canterbury Glass ~ 2007 ~ Sacred Scenes And Characters
    genre: sympho prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 42'57" size: 278 mb
    misc.: '68 recordingd
     
    In 1968, Canterbury Glass recorded six tracks in London for an album that went unreleased at the time, the group disbanding after interest from a couple record labels fell through. Nearly 40 years later, many of the tapes were rediscovered. This isn't quite the original album; two of the six tracks couldn't be found, and the "bonus" cut, a demo of one of the two missing songs, apparently bears no resemblance to the version recorded for the album. Still, since all four of the tracks retrieved from the original album sessions last around ten minutes, the CD does offer what would have been a healthy-sized LP by 1968 standards. Unlike many such relics to see the light of day in the CD age, it's not a run-of-the-mill psychedelic outing in terms of either style or quality. With the religious tones of both the music and lyrics (some of which are sung in Latin), it's a little like hearing the Electric Prunes' late-'60s pseudo-religious concept LPs, but as done by a British band whose members were playing it straight, rather than because some producers and arrangers foisted a gimmick upon them. There's a consciously cathedral-music-goes-rock flavor to the proceedings, the standard psychedelic guitar rock being augmented by churchy organ, harpsichord, flute, and male-female choral harmonies. In some respects, the blend resembles psychedelic-early progressive rock crossover bands like Procol Harum and Caravan, the difference being that while those groups used classical-religious influences as a prominent shading, Canterbury Glass employ them as driving forces. While there's an earnest naпvetй to the proceedings that might either charm or turn off listeners depending on their tastes, it's also haunting and unusual, and not nearly as explicitly derivative as many such unsigned bands of the era. It's a worthwhile curiosity for those who want to hear what was briefly called "God rock" done with accomplished integrity, though the bluesy demo of "We're Going to Beat It (Battle Hymn)" isn't nearly up to the standards of the rest of the material. ~ Richie Unterberger
     
    01. Kyrie 9:53
    02. Nunc Dimittis 8:34
    03. Gloria 10:13
    04. Prologue 9:04
    05. We`re Going To Beat It 5:13
     
    Steve Hackett (guitar)
    Valerie Watson (flute, harmonica)
    David Dowle (drums)
     
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