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Rock Workshop Rock Workshop 1970



Исполнитель: Rock Workshop
Альбом: Rock Workshop
Original release date 1970
CD released July 10, 2002
© & Ⓟ Angel Air Records Ltd.
Catalog#: SJPCD132
Made in Austria.
Жанр: Jazz / Progressive rock
Формат: FLAC (image + .cue +log)
Качество: lossless
Cover: JPG, 400 dpi - Full Scan
Время звучания: 01:12:16






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Группа играет преимущественно мощный и очень динамичный брасс-рок с небольшим уклоном в блюз и большим – в джаз, больше всего вызывая ассоциации с BS&T (особенно периода их второго альбома), но заходя и на территорию, близкую к Colosseum. Примерно половина времени звучания диска – инструментальные вещи, с хорошими длинными сольными партиями гитары, клавиш и духовых (а в Theme For Freedom главную роль исполняет барабанщик). Среди них отдельно стоит отметить 10-минутную He Looks At Me/Mooncross Grove, где первая часть представляет собой характерный для группы энергичный джаз-роковый коктейль с переходами от легких фортепианных променадов до жестких фузовых риффов, вторая же – приджазованный авант-прог с гитарными выкрутасами и вошедшей в раж духовой секцией, а на последней полуминуте композиция резко превращается в меланхоличный этюд, исполняемый на классической гитаре. В вокальных номерах некоторое сходство с Colosseum усиливается еще и за счет того, что неуравновешенная манера пения Алекса Харви довольно сильно напоминает Криса Фарлоу. В заключительной вещи альбома You To Lose Харви поет на пару с клавишником Аланом Гридом, и здесь собраны и закрученные гитарные запилы, и визжащая медь, и беспечная флейта, и стройные звуки скрипок, и электронные пульсации... В CD-переиздании к основному времени диска добавлено 6 бонусов, но 4 из них – альтернативные версии, не имеющие серьезного отличия от альбомных вариантов, а две последних композиции не несут в себе ничего принципиально нового по сравнению с уже прослушанным материалом.

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A product of the early-70's, Rock Workshop were formed by Ray Russell and Alex Harvey and became an expansive band of thirteen musicians who created an innovative and technically articulate form of experimental rhythm and blues.
Ray Russell recalls that he was playing with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames and then appeared in the 'Hair' musical together with Alex Harvey's brother Les. From this meeting, and Alex Harvey's involvement on backing vocals in the musical, the idea of Rock Workshop was born.
The collective's first album was issued in 1971 to great critical acclaim. However, due to their record company wanting to market them as an English 'Blood Sweat And Tears', they never achieved great commercial success. A second album was released before the band folded and Alex Harvey went on to great commercial and critical success with his own band.
This Angel Air CD features that first album together with bonus tracks. An informative CD booklet contains notes by Rich Wilson.

Although history records the last years before Alex Harvey formed his Sensational Alex Harvey Band as a confused period marked by mere passing fancies, none of which came to fruition until he linked with the similarly flailing Tear Gas, he was in fact already blueprinting much of what SAHB would soon be accomplishing via the academically named, but blues-wailing nevertheless Rock Workshop. Harvey appears on just four of the eight songs on its debut album, but the presence of both a couple of subsequently familiar songs and a vocal workout to rival anything on Framed or Next establish them among his finest performances. A savage rearrangement of the traditional "Wade in the Water" and his own (with fellow Workshop-per Ray Russell) "Hole in Her Stocking" are both bruising R&B stampers, punctured by howling horns and a guitar riff, in the first-named case, that could have escaped from "Walk Don't Run," Blood, Sweat & Tears-style. Harvey himself is in breathtaking form, utterly undistinguishable from the showman who brought listeners "Vambo," and the only regret is that he is confined to just the four songs -- the remainder of Rock Workshop, while certainly a blistering blur of hot and sweaty jazz-soul-boogie, also sinks into anonymity by comparison, just another white English fusion band honking and stomping around the room. Indeed, there are moments when the sound effects that open and link the songs are more interesting than the songs themselves. Nevertheless, Rock Workshop remains a key passage in Alex Harvey's career, all the more so in its 2002 CD incarnation, where the original LP is appended by half a dozen bonus tracks, including alternate takes of "Hole in Her Stocking" and "Born in the City," plus a couple of songs that didn't make the album itself. (Despite the track listing's claims to the contrary, incidentally, Harvey does not sing the prettily Traffic-like "Primrose Hill.") 
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   ♪ Треклист:

1. Ice Cold - 2:58
2. Wade In The Water - 3:46
3. Hole In Her Stocking - 4:09
4. He Looks At Me/Mooncross Grove - 10:19
5. Spine Cop - 3:48
6. Born In The City - 3:02
7. Theme For Freedom - 7:35
8. You To Lose - 6:42
   Bonus tracks:
 9. Spine Cop (alt version) - 3:51
10. Hole In Her Stocking (alt version) - 5:31
11. Born In The City (alt version) - 2:47
12. You To Lose (alt version) - 5:26
13. Primrose Hill - 5:41
14. Return Of The Goddess - 5:41

   • Состав:

Ray Russell - guitar
Alan Greed & Alex Harvey - vocals
Bud Parkes - trumpet
Harry Beckett - trumpet, flugelhorn
Tony Roberts - tenor, concert flute, alto flute
Bob Downes - tenor, concert flute, alto flute
Derek Wadsworth - trombone
Brian Miller - keyboards
Daryl Runswick - bass
Alan Rushton - drums
Robin Jones - drums, congas

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