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Arrival - Complete Collection (2012 RPM Records) 

Artist: Arrival
Album: Complete Collection
Label: RPM Records
Catalog#: RETRO D904
Format: CD Album, Compilation
Released: 30 Jan 2012
Country: UK
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: lossless
Covers: JPG, 600 dpi (+Booklet)
Genre: Folk, Pop Rock, Funk / Soul 
Duration: 02:04:56

• Квартет ARRIVAL появился близ Ливерпуля в октябре 1969. Первые же концерты ARRIVAL в местных клубах привлекли всеобщее внимание: их характерный стиль - сочетание мужского и женского вокала, лаконичная фразировка, рельефная ткань вокального многоголосия, мелодический язык, в котором явно присутствовали интонации соул и госпел - не имел аналогов на тогдашней сцене. Группа получила контракт от Decca, а на протяжении 1969-70 дважды была в британских чартах с энергичными танцевальными номерами Friends (№ 5 в феврале 1970) и I Will Survive. Вышедший следом альбом Arrival был не столь успешным. Он продавался плохо, и через год ARRIVAL и Decca прекратили сотрудничество. В 1972 группа подписала новый контракт с CBS и записала еще два альбома, которые были оценены прессой довольно высоко, хотя и не принесли ARRIVAL новых попаданий в чарты. Незадолго до выхода второго альбома Кэрролл Картер ушла. Ее сменил клавишних концертного состава группы Тони О'Мэлли (Tony O'Malley)

 Although they had two fairly sizable U.K. hits in 1970 ("I Will Survive" and a cover of Terry Reid's "Friends"), this 2012 compilation, remarkably, marks the first time any of their material has been available on CD. The two-disc set includes both of their albums (each of which, in an unwise career, was self-titled, one appearing on Decca in 1970 and the other on CBS in 1972), as well as their non-LP singles ("I Will Survive" among them) and three previously unreleased tracks. Perhaps there hasn't been demand for (or even much knowledge of) the group because although they had some talent, they simply didn't fit into a comfortable niche in the early-'70s scene, and were stylistically wide-ranging enough to defy easy identification. Featuring several male and female members who sang and didn't play instruments (as well as a few who did), the material on their first album flitted between feel-good harmony pop/rock that could verge on easy listening; lightly charming piano-based pop/rock with an endearingly squeaky female vocal ("No-Good Advice"); middling soft rock; soul-rock with gospel/spiritual overtones (the non-LP single "I Will Survive" also being an example); and organ-anchored prog rock lite (the mostly instrumental "La Virra," with its sub-Doors riffs and spaced-out, faint ambient singing). It's not bad, and most of the songs are original compositions, usually written by one of the singers, Frank Collins (though Dyan Birch's melancholy, folky "Not Right Now" is one of the better tunes). But the sliding stylistic focus and the just-above-pedestrian quality of most of the songs don't make it easy to connect with or strongly remember.With different personnel (though singers Collins, Birch, and Paddy McHugh remained, as did keyboardist Tony O'Malley), their second album was more impressive and fairly different, though Collins continued to supply most of the material. The mood was considerably more serious, with a stoic keyboard-based spiritual feel that avoided overt religious or gospel influences. The concentration on Birch's suitably stirring-but-not-strident lead vocals helps, and though the songs aren't stunning, it suits the mood if you're looking for rather earnest early-'70s rock with a reflective feel, almost to the point of wariness (though not quite grimness). Filling out the set are tracks from early-'70s singles that seem to be forcing a more commercial approach (including covers of Jimmy Webb's "(Let My Life Be Your) Love Song" and Stevie Wonder's "He's Misstra Know-It-All") and unreleased versions of songs by Leonard Cohen and Melanie, two singer/songwriters whose different brands of earnestness fit Arrival's style. The 20-page booklet includes detailed liner notes, and is crammed with period photos and graphics. ~ Richie Unterberger.

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   Disc one:   Arrival (Decca Skl 5055) 1970
01. Live - 03:43
02. Light My Fire - 03:30
03. Friends - 03:59
04. No-Good Advice - 03:18
05. Prove It - 05:02
06. See the Lord - 02:33
07. Sit Down and Float - 03:48
08. Don't Turn His Love Away - 02:57
09. Take Me - 03:19
10. La Virra - 04:46
11. Not Right Now - 02:51
12. Hard Road - 03:22
  Bonus Track:
13. I Will Survive - 03:17
14. Be You - 04:49
15. Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye - 04:05
16. Lay Down - 04:51
   Disc two:   Arrival (CBS 64733) 1972
01. Glory Be - 04:20
02. So It Is Written - 05:53
03. Not Gonna Worry - 04:28
04. You, Love and Me - 02:40
05. Family Tree - 03:40
06. Part of My Dream - 05:02
07. Not Preconceived - 02:44
08. Have a Drink on Your Father - 03:58
09. Understanding - 07:32
10. Weary Sas, Weary Down - 07:30
   Bonus Track:
11. (Let My Life Be Your) Love Song - 03:33
12. Out of Desperation - 03:31
13. The Theme from Heartbreak Kid - 03:30
14. Sweet Summer - 03:24
15. (He's Mistra) Mr. Know It All - 02:45

Dyan Birch, Carroll Carter, Frank Collins - vocals
Paddy McHugh - vocals
Lloyd Courtenay - drums
Don Hume - bass

Lee Sutherland, Phil Chen - bass
Steve Chapman, Glen Lefleur - drums
George Lee - sax
Raphael Pereira - guitar then bass
Tony O'Malley - vocals, keyboards
Glen Le Fleur - drums, percussion

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3 комментария:

  1. Hi Grapher, I was looking forward to this post...but...the download fails midway every time.
    I've tried 8 times so far, gets to about 85% then reports Temporary error, retrying. Looks like a disk error on the server. Would it be possible to re-upload this one...maybe as 2 smaller files.

    1. Just checked. Everything works. MEGA is downloaded 100%.
      Especially for you divide into two parts and uploaded to galaxy-file.com.
      Download link:
      Part 1: http://galaxy-file.com/f3lqrfoqal17/Arrival_-_Complete_Collection_2012.part1.rar.html
      Part 2: http://galaxy-file.com/x6dgpolx235r/Arrival_-_Complete_Collection_2012.part2.rar.html

      EnJoy! Alex.

  2. The split files work fine. Thank you for going to the effort of splitting the file. Looks like my computer (running Vista) is getting too old. I think it runs out of memory while downloading the 800Mbyte file. You are easily my favorite blog. I, like you, are fascinated with the LPs that everyone else has forgotten or never knew existed.