Jul 11, 2013

RhoDeo 1327 Goldy Rhox 116

Hello, today the 115th post of GoldyRhox, classic rock pop.  Today's focus is on a an English rock band who achieved success with their progressive, art and symphonic style of music. They are distinguished by their use of mystical and cosmic lyrics, live stage sets and lengthy compositions, often with complex instrumental and vocal arrangements. The band's current line-up since February 2012 consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, bass guitarist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Alan White.

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Most of the albums i 'll post made many millions for the music industry and a lot of what i intend to post still gets repackaged and remastered decades later, squeezing the last drop of profit out of bands that for the most part have ceased to exist long ago, although sometimes they get lured out of the mothballs to do a big bucks gig or tour. Now i'm not as naive to post this kinda music for all to see and have deleted, these will be a black box posts, i'm sorry for those on limited bandwidth but for most of you a gamble will get you a quality rip don't like it, deleting is just 2 clicks...That said i will try to accommodate somewhat and produce some cryptic info on the artist and or album.

Today's mystery album is the eighth studio album from the English progressive rock band, released in 1977 on Atlantic Records. Produced after each member of the group released a solo record, the album marks the return of keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who departed in 1974 over musical differences in Tales from Topographic Oceans (1973). The band returned to producing shorter songs, unlike Tales and Relayer where the tracks range from nine to almost 22 minutes.

The album received a mostly-positive reception from music critics. It topped the UK Album Charts for one week. Its five tracks still retain mystical, abstract lyrical images, and the music is grand and melodic, the vocal harmonies perfectly balanced by the stinging guitar work of Steve Howe, Wakeman's keyboards, and the solid rhythms of Alan White and Chris Squire. The title track features Howe on steel guitar. "Turn of the Century" and the album's single, "Wonderous Stories," are lovely ballads the way only Yes can do them. "Parallels" is the album's big, pompous song, so well done that in later years the band opened concerts with it.

After many successive album covers with Roger Dean, the band (who also produced the album entirely by themselves) instead commissioned Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and UFO) to create the artwork for the album. However, Dean's Yes logo was retained. The album cover features the Century Plaza Towers in Los Angeles, also known locally as the Twin Towers.

Goldy Rhox 116  (flac 388mb)

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1 comment:

Lee Robertson said...

Hi Rho
Any chance of some YES reups been going through the latest Uncut Album Guide