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    Main » 2010 » November » 3 » Cirkus ~ 1973 ~ One Plus
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    Cirkus ~ 1973 ~ One Plus
    Cirkus ~ 1973 ~ One Plus
    genre: prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 49'53" size: 320 mb
     
    Formed from the ashes of bands Moonhead and Lucas Tyson, the group's high standard of musicianship was well known in their native north-east where they attracted much attention and had a devoted following. It was felt that the quintet could achieve success on a national scale, provided management handled matters properly and they got the right breaks. In 1973 they recorded their debut album "Cirkus One" at Sound Associates/Emison & Air Studios and just 1000 copies were pressed up. It is widely regarded by many collectors today as the most musically accomplished private pressing of its kind to emerge out of the UK's then burgeoning progressive music scene, influenced by King Crimson and Yes. When in 1975 lead vocalist Paul Robson left the group, his replacement was Alan Roadhouse (ex Halfbreed) who also played the saxophone. With Dogg on acoustic and electric guitars, Derek Miller on keyboards, John Taylor on bass and main songwriter Stu McDade providing backing vocals, drums and assorted persussions, this became the new line-up. As a result the band moved away from their early symphonic style adopting a somewhat more mainstream approach albeit maintaining a certain "Cirkus sound". 
     
    In 1977 Cirkus made an unusual move by touring in a somewhat zany theatre production called "Future Shock". Based on the musical, an LP of the same name was released, although none of the band members wrote any of the material. The LP was issued by Shock Records and is now very rare. The music is of a whimsical and offbeat nature, a far cry from the outfit's prog-rock roots and therefore of limited appeal. A year later a CIRKUS track called "I'm On Fire" was featured on a "Battle Of The Bands" LP but this proved to be their final offering before the five went their separate ways in the early '80s.
    In 1994 was released "Cirkus II The Global Cut", where only Derek Miller features from the original line-up. In 1998 the much anticipated and quite magnificent third Cirkus album "Pantomyne" was finally unveiled. This splendid offering brought original members, and main songwriter, Stu McDade back into the fold and featured cameo performances by an array of other musicians most notably former frontman Alan Roadhouse, who played flute. Anyway "Cirkus One" remains an exquisite album of outstanding creativity much deserving its high standing in the kingdom of progressive rock. ~ Andrew
     
    01. "You Are" 3:23
    02. "Seasons" 3:40
    03. "April '73" 5:07
    04. "Song For Tavish" 4:38
    05. "A Prayer" 5:39
    06. "Brotherly Love" 3:52
    07. "Those Were The Days" 3:57
    08. "Jenny" 4:12
    09. "Title Track" 7:34
    bonus:
    10. "Castles" 2:55
    11. "The Heaviest Stone" 4:55
     
    Paul Robson / lead vocals
    John Taylor / bass
    Derek G. Miller / organ, piano, mellotron
    Stu McDade / drums, percussion, backing vocals
    Dogg / electric and acoustic guitars
    Alan Roadhouse (replaces Paul Robson on tracks 12 & 14) / lead vocals, saxophone
     
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