Tapestry of Delights:
A very rare privately-pressed demo-only album which is heavily influenced by the early seventies Moody Blues sound. In other words, we're talking progressive pop/rock with quasi-mystical lyrics. Some will love it, others will feel it typifies all that's bad in the genre. Among the better moments are Dreams and Times.
The individuals responsible for this had earlier been involved in Agincourt,Alice Through The Looking Glass and Tomorrow Come Some Day.
The Ithaca album is a mega-rarity, but some further copies appeared on the market when the band were tracked down. According to 'Record Collector' the earlier market value (£1,500) was halved to £750.
The band were also responsible for an acetate album called Friends but this was never 'released'. This would definitely fall into the R5 category.
gibraltar: Ithaca released one album called A Game for All Who Know. It is considered pretty rare as "those in the know" say only 55 copies of the LP were pressed. However, it has been pressed on CD so it's much easier to hear. There is also a bit of controversy surrounding the album. Apparently some people think the original LP was fake by a worthless record dealer. So, is it worth it? Yes, if you are into folksy psychedelic ala Trees, Mellow Candle or Pink Floyd's "If" or "Grantchester Meadows." Really nice vocals that make me think of the three voices of the Wilson Philips ladies all rolled into Lee Menelaus, the female vocalist. Her voice is *very* sweet. Alternating with her are the vocals of John Ferrdinando whose voice is also quite pleasant and gentle. Instruments include mandolin, flutes, recorders, classical guitar and autoharp. The music is gentle, dreamy and very laid back. This is a great summer evening kind of album. Overall, a very nice sound and worth a listen if you like folk/prog. -- Mike Taylor
01. Journey -Destruction-Rebirth---Patterns of Life 4:56
02. Quesions -Did You Know?---Will We Be Alive? 4:04
03. Times -Seven Seasons---The Path---Given Time 8:19
04. Feelings -Around---I Want To Feel You, Look 5:32
05. Dreams -Of Our Time---Beneath This Sky, Story 2:58
06. Journey ii -Game For All Who Know, A 7:06
words & music by John Ferdinando
Lee Menelaus - the female vcl
John Ferdinando - gtrs, vcls, bss, mando, prcssn, recorder
Peter Howell - gtrs, pno, orgn, mando, prcssn, recorder
Brian Hussley - drms
Robert Ferdinando - l gtr on 11
Andrew Lowcock - fl on 2 , timpani
Martin Garrett - 12 string
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