Friday, July 07, 2006
Thee Image and Greenslade
After Blues Image, Iron Butterfly and short stints in other bands Mike Pinera formed Thee Image with Duane Hitchings (ex-Cactus) and Donny Vosburgh. It too was short lived with two albums coming within 9 months of each other in 1975 on the prog heavy Manticore label and then, poof, they were gone. Nice melodic (proggy at times) pop songs with Pinera's usual penchant for the dreamy etherial flower power type lyrics. A power trio they weren't, but, nice music to get you through a dark stormy night. Image for the great cover of the 1st album was supplied by 6070blogspot. Thanks!!! Nice big pics of the almost amateurish second album cover to make up for it.
http://rapidshare.de/files/25204160/TI-1.rar (1st, ripped at 320k from vinyl)
http://rapidshare.de/files/25207076/TI-InSteTr.rar (last, ripped as above)
Greenslade' s 1st (from 1973) is a progfest from the start, with Feathered Friends leaping out of the gates on a great note. I listened to about half of this album before I realised there were no guitars on it. The band were a UK prog supergroup of sorts with Dave Greenslade (keyboards) and Tony Reeves (bass) coming from Colosseum, Andrew McCulloch(drums) coming from Fields (also an alumni of King Crimson and Manfred Mann), and Dave Lawson (the mighty vocalist), coming from Episode Six. The line up doesn't change much for 1975's Time/Tide, but the one new member does change the sound a bit. Tony Reeves was replaced by Martin Briley and the bass sounds are much different (Reeves played the snakey overdriven sound like Chris Squire of Yes, Briley has more of a contemporary style, less fuzzy, but still plays a dominant part of the overall sound)
The songs on Time/Tide have more of an accesible pop influence on some but not all of the tracks. In case you don't have it, I also have their Bedside Manners Are Extra LP posted somewhere in the archives.
Posted by Time Traveller at 12:06 PM