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the Tapestry of Delights:
McCusker put this techno-rock outfit together in Belfast in the early seventies although they later relocated to London. They were a popular band in the club/college circuit but never broke into the big league. Musically they were similar to Yes and Genesis, classically inclined progressive pop/rock.
All titles on their first album were composed by McCusker and arranged by McCusker and Houston. It was produced by Denis Taylor. Farrelly was responsible for the beautiful cover painting. All the tracks on the album are good examples of classically-tinged progressive rock, with good string arrangements and often melodramatic keyboards.
Farrelly did the cover artwork for their Seven Secrets album too. This was similar in style, although some tracks had a hint of medieval-influenced instrumentation such as the opener, Faced With Shekinah, which was penned by Houston. There are more fine McCusker songs, too, notably White Eyes. Elizabeth is a predominantly instrumental number with some beautiful piano pieces, penned by Houston, though the final track, The Seventh Secret was a throwaway number. Houston left after this album with John Mason coming in as a replacement.
Produced by Ian McDonald, Modern Masquerades is a little less classically-influenced than their earlier efforts. McCusker's Masquerading With Dawn and Mystery Might are excellent tracks with some at times captivating instrumentation. John Mason contributed two tracks, too - the sad Gormenghast and the finale, Sheba's Song.
73:1. Future legends (1:27) 2. Decision (6:21)
3. Graveyard epistle (6:14)
4. Lord of the Incubus (6:20)
5. Olde tyme future (5:33)
6. Song for a thought (7:25)
7. Future legends (0:47)
74:8. Wise As Wisdom (7:07)
9. White Eyes (7:16)
10. Garden Lady (9:00)
11. Three Spires (5:00)
12. Elizabeth (7:45)
13. The Seventh Secret (1:04)
- Peter Farrelly / bass, flute, vocals
- Martin Foye / drums, percussion
- Stephen Houston / keyboards, oboe, vocals
- Vincent McCusker / acoustic & electric guitars, vocals