domenica 23 novembre 2014

Nosy Parker - Nosy Parker (2002 Gear Fab) 1975

Biography: Nosy Parker has been mislabeled as psychedelia, Baroque pop, folk-rock, and prog rock by zealous rare-vinyl dealers and collectors across the globe, but it doesn't quite fit in any of those categories exactly. It does, however, draw from each of those sources, some with more success than others. Regardless of whether the descriptions truly represent Nosy Parker's sound, with the Gear Fab reissue it can be easily judged on its own merits and against the claims of its proponents. By those standards, the album may be slightly disappointing to listeners searching for genuine lost treasure. Nosy Parker has its moments in fact, quite a few of them but according to objective criterion it is decidedly second-rate when stacked against some of the artists (the Byrds, Genesis) to whom it has been compared. In the band's defense, the recording may not be entirely representative of its sound, considering it was committed to tape without the benefit of overdubs in a two-day blur in 1975. Nevertheless the album alternates between rather pedestrian (and sometimes downright contradictory) hard and soft rock impulses, on the one hand, and, on the other, much more interesting, even novel amalgams of folk and progressive sensibilities ("Buskers and Street Musicians," "Song for a Gentle Lady," the lovely "Silver Wings") that blend delicately picked acoustic melodies, enticing synth tones, and intricate playing, even if they tend to stick around a little too long for their own good or grow full of themselves (as does the suite-like "Notre Dame") or get too wizard-and-warlock-y in the lyric department. Unfortunately, there is too much of the former quality to make Nosy Parker an effort about which the average fan (or even a partisan of the era's music) will get excited, though its stature does increase with each listen. Devotees of ridiculously rare prog-ish music, on the other hand, will probably benefit by giving this one a chance.

01.Widow's Walk 5:28
02.Buskers And Street Musicians 6:18
03.Notre Dame 10:13
04.Wizards In The Afternoon 4:50
05.Songs For A Gentle Lady 4:05
06.Lucy Gray 5:26
07.Silver Wings 4:11
08.Beyond Beaujolais 4:15
09.Leave The Last Day For The Sun 3:55
10.Widow's Walk (Acoustic Version) 4:44

Nosy Parker:
Thomas Viola – Vocals, Guitar
Joseph Celano – Vocals, Guitar, Clarinet
Anthony Abbate – Bass
William Viola – Drums, Percussion, Strings, Synthesizer
Anthony Abbate – Synthesizer

3 commenti:

Solidboy ha detto...

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Anonimo ha detto...

muchas gracias

progDeaf gerEars ha detto...

Thanks Solidboy 2 upped this excellent band on good quality!

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