lunedì 4 novembre 2013

Fields - Fields (Esoteric 24-Bit Remaster) 1971

Keyboardist Graham Field was a founding member of Rare Bird, one of the very earliest British progressive bands, who had a major European hit in 1970 with the song "Sympathy." He presumably founded Fields to provide more of an outlet for his compositions and fleet-fingered keyboard work, but the group didn't last very long, splitting up after the band's self-titled 1971 debut without having made much of a commercial impact. The subsequent rarity of the album helped make it a high-priced collectors' item, but the Cherry Red/Esoteric 2010 reissue finally made Fields' lone outing accessible to the world at large. As a showcase for Field's instrumental abilities, the album can't be faulted -- the leader's classic-rock exploits on piano and organ show that he was fully capable of giving Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, et al. a run for their money. Speaking of Emerson, Fields were formed in the classic Nice/ELP-style prog rock keyboard trio format, with Alan Barry providing vocals, bass, and occasional guitar and former King Crimson/future Greenslade member Andrew McCulloch on drums. While the record is dominated by exciting prog excursions that find both Field and McCulloch strutting their stuff in fine fashion, some tracks, like "A Place to Lay My Head," are more straightforward R&B-influenced tunes with a relatively conventional feel typical of early-‘70s British heavy rock. Meanwhile, the lovely, melodic "Fair-Haired Lady" shows that Fields could handle an acoustic ballad with grace. Ultimately, the band shows enough promise to invite speculation about what might have been if it had continued on its path a little while longer.

01.A Friend Of Mine - 4:27
02.While The Sun Still Shines - 3:15
03.Not So Good - 3:10
04.Three Minstrels - 4:27
05.Slow Susan - 3:44
06.Over And Over Again - 5:54
07.Feeling Free - 3:13
08.Fair-Haired Lady - 3:02
09.A Place To Lay My Head - 3:37
10.The Eagle - 5:23

Bonus Track:
11.Slow Susan (Alternate) - 3:45
12.A Place To Lay My Head (Alternate) - 4:27

Graham Field - acoustic & electric pianos, organ
Alan Barry - vocals, classical & electric guitars, bass, mellotron
Andy McCulloch - drums, tympani, talking drums
Dafne Downs - clarinet

6 commenti:

Solidboy ha detto...

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DanP ha detto...

really fine edition of a very fine piece of vintage keyboard prog. not quite a classic, but if that category catches your fancy, something you need to hear. :)

Anonimo ha detto...

Hi, link leads to USA FIELDS 1669

Please can you correct


Solidboy ha detto...

Fields USA band :

Solidboy ha detto...

Hey Anonimo, are you sure?

Anonimo ha detto...

(I'm a different anonymous)
Well, it's been deleted now "due to inactivity", so who knows?
Anyway, the other person is right to point out there's a UK Fields - the one with the eagle on the cover - and a US Fields from around the same time. Very different bands.

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