Sunday 11 February 2018
Kayak - See See The Sun (1973)
The debut album from this Dutch band.
Kayak was a quintet with a lineup of drums, percussion, synths, marimba, bass, accordion, harpsichord, electric piano, moog, piano, keyboards, guitars, mellotron and vocals.
The band is also supported by some guest musicians who provides cello, violin and barrel organ.
Kayak is one of these big mainland Europe bands in progressive rock. They have released lots of albums and I am planning to review those I got of them this winter. That is a handful of albums.
This fifty minutes long album sees the band debut with music which is a mix of The Beatles, Yes and Barclay James Harvest. There are even a couple of jazzy like runouts by the guitars here.
The band has thrown everything at this album in hope that something will work and will be liked by the general publich which have to part with hard earned cash to get this fifty minutes long album.
And in most cases, the material gives value for money. It is a lot different from most other bands and albums. Kayak were very quick to get their own style and niche. But it works. Mainly because of the warm tones from the organs, mellotron and moog. The songs are pretty good too.
The result is a more than acceptable debut album which gives a forewarning about even greater things to come from this band.