Tapestry Of Delights:
A progressive rock band whose albums in particular are now very rare and sought-after. Mike Fletcher had earlier been in Steam and Cliff Harewood later joined from Welcome, but neither of these bands made it onto vinyl. Some members were later in Shoot and Dave Green was in Deep Feeling.
The 'A' side of their eponymous album includes three strong, long tracks: Time And Illusion, which had a long instrumental break and vibraphone on leading role; I'd Be Delighted, which featured strong vocals, good flute and sax work and Fighting Cock, which builds in strength after a mellow beginning. The 'B' side is not so good, although the finale, Destruction Of America, is a poetry recitation with unidentified orchestral backing. Time Is Rare is better, with good progressive pieces based on heavy guitar and sax riffs or sax riffs and keyboard chords. Ice Queen includes frozen wind sounds and a slightly discordant flute solo. Its most sophisticated composition is Empty Houses, which has some inspired melodies and strong vocals. Insolent Lady has a slow, mellow beginning with acoustic guitar and flute. This gives way to a piano break which in turn evolves into progressive rock with guitar and sax riffs, although this becomes so repetitious as to be boring near the end. Miracle Worker is mainly based on Dave Brubeck's Take Five rhythm. Religion is based around more sax and guitar riffs. Finally, Sun God has some mellow, melodic moments with acoustic guitar, flute and electric guitar reminiscent of early Pink Floyd; a short heavy rock break and an instrumental part with some guitar leads in a more psychedelic vein. Overall a good but not a great album. ~ (VJ/CA).
01. "Time And Illusion" 7:32
02. "I'd Be Delighted" 5:08
03. "Fighting Cock" 3:49
04. "Pear On An Apple Tree" 3:01
05. "Future Recollections" 3:55
06. "Traveller Man" 6:15
07. "Destruction Of America" 2:21
08. "Time And Illusion (single version)" 3:11
09. "Hi There Hallelujah" 2:46
10. "Bobo's Party" 3:14
11. "Days Of The Fighting Cocks (single version)" 3:09
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