genre: heavy prog
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time: 46'54" size: 322 or 88 mb
Tapestry of Delights:
Only around 80 copies were reputedly sold of this keyboard-dominated progressive album, making it one of the most difficult major label releases to trace. It is, however, better than its reputation would suggest. The main concept is the division of human nature in three parts which are inimical to each other and this philosophical point of view is strongly reflected in the lyrics:-
'The more I live, to love, caress and tend
The more I know the need to rave and rip and rend
So liberate my soul, come see the trinity - Neither good nor bad
It's dead - that makes you free.'Although this inevitably hangs heavy on the music, the careful approach applied to most of it saves a lot. The parts where the shadow-side of the soul plays the cardinal role are full of real despair and get a convincing musical treatment. The sparse instrumentation, virtually without guitar, is skilfully used. If you don't mind being showered with philosophical content while listening to rock, then this comes recommended.
The 1991 CD reissue came in two formats and included both sides of their earlier non-album 45, which was a fine example of inventive late sixties pop. Aside from the straight-forward CD reissue, there's also a lavish 7" sleeve CD package which tries to replicate the original open-out sleeve which had been designed by Barney Bubbles who was better known for designing Hawkwind's sleeves.
Robbie Watson was later in The Speedometers in 1979. The band were the musical vehicle of a North Wales professor called Keith Keyes. They were signed to Vertigo by Patrick Campbell-Lyons after he'd been sent a tape of Keyes' singing accompanied only by a piano.
(Marcel Koopman/Vernon Joynson).
1. Evil Woman's Manly Child (4:47)
2. Spiritus, Manes et Umbra (11:51)
3. Summer for the Rose (4:32)
4. Burn in Anger (3:25)
5. Too Well Satisfied (5:49)
6. In a Token of Despair (10:31)
...Bonus tracks on CD release:
7. Lady Ladybird (2:46)
8. People in the Street (3:08)
Keith Keyes / piano, harpsichord, organ and vocals
Bob Watkins / drums & percussion
Rob Watson / bass guitar
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