This progressive duo were previously known as The Way We Live
and came from Rochdale.
The album, which is now sought-after by collectors, is recommended. It's a nice mix of acoustic ballads and heavier material, but it's the latter that really catches the ear. The opening cut, All Ends Up, begins with strange sound effects which give way to a heavy futuristic sound, which is undoubtedly one of the album's highlights along with the finale, Make The Journey, which again features distorted guitars and wild drums. Sandwiched in between are more complex heavy progressive cuts like Little Girl In Yellow and acoustic ballads likeThe Watcher, spoilt only by the throwaway, Ravenscroft 13 Bar Boogie.
The Repertoire reissue comes with the original artwork, an annotated booklet and a picture disc CD which contains three bonus tracks from 1973. The Sunflower release is a collection of previously unissued and rare material dating from 1971-91. Its highlight is Peterloo, a 21-minute cut in five movements, detailing the events of the 1819 massacre. The World Wide Records' CD will mainly interest archivists and Tractor fanatics due to the inclusion of a number of pre-album demos of which the Eastern-tinged Siderial, the inventive acoustic number, Madrigel, and the fuzzy Willow seem the pick.
They reformed to record 45s in the late seventies and early eighties, one under the moniker Jim Milne and Tractor.
01. All Ends-Up 6:52
02. Little Girl In Yellow 8:14
03. The Watcher 2:02
04. Ravenscroft's 13 Bar Boogie 3:28
05. Shubunkin 3:10
06. Hope In Flavour 2:49
07. Everytime It Happens 6:00
08. Make The Journey 9:54
09. Lady Of Astorath 2:55
10. Stony Glory 3:15
11. Overture 12:15
Jim Milne / guitar, bass, vocals
Steve Clayton / drums, percussions, bass, backing vocals