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Tapestry of Delights:
Formed by Greenslade and Reeves (both previously with Colosseum) in November 1972. Dave Lawson had earlier played with Alan Bown and Episode Six, whilst Andrew McCulloch had bashed the skins in King Crimson, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and Fields. Their first two albums were critically acclaimed and successfully merged several different musical styles in a keyboard-driven format. Their album covers were illustrated and calligraphed by Roger Dean. Highly talented musicians, their albums were complex and rather elitist.
Before they recorded their third album, the line-up was supplemented by the addition of Dave Clempson (formerly with Humble Pie) and fiddler Graham Smith. After this album, Reeves quit (he later joined Curved Air) and was replaced by Briley (ex-Mandrake Paddlesteamer).
After their split in January 1976, Dave Greenslade recorded a solo album, Cactus Choir (Warner Bros K 56306), but it didn't sell well.
In 1977, the band reformed with a line-up of Dave Greenslade, another former Colosseum member Jon Hiseman, Tony Reeves and Mick Rodgers, but they only lasted for a tour. Their music was out of place in the emerging punk era. For the same reasons, Dave Greenslade's lavish double concept album, The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony, the result of his collaboration with fantasy writer and artist Patrick Woodroffe, also flopped. Still the package, which came with a 47-page book, is now a minor collectable (R1). During the eighties and nineties, Dave Greenslade made a good living composing theme music for British film and television.
(Vernon Joynson/Jim Orme)
1. Spirit of the Dance (5:08)
2. Little red Fry-up (5:11)
3. Rainbow (4:20)
4. Siam Seesaw (4:43)
5. Joie de vivre (8:25)
6. Red Light (2:47)
7. Melancolic Race (4:15)
8. Theme for an Imaginary Western (3:51)
- Dave Greenslade / keyboards (1,4,5,7,8)
- Tony Reeves / bass guitar (1,2,4,5,7,8)
- Andrew McCulloch / drums, percussion
- Clem Clemson / electric guitar (2,4)
- Dave Lawson / keyboards (all except 1)
- Jeremy Ensor / recorder Rainon 3
- Andy Roberts / acoustic guitar on 4
- Graham Smith / violin on 5
- Gregg Jackman / recorder church noise on 5