Friday 21 July 2017

Northwind - Distant Shores (1978)

The second & final album from this US band.

Northwind was a quintet on this album with a lineup of drums, bass, woodwinds, keyboards, percussion and vocals.

Their EP and two albums was never really released due to no interest from the record labels. They was released on Bandcamp forty years after their recordings and release on demo.

I have reviewed their previous two releases for ProgArchives back in November 2011 and January 2012. See these links for the reviews. I believe I even interviewed them for ProgArchives.

Distant Shores offers up a collection of some slightly progressive songs. A good reference are Barclay James Harvest. There are also some country here and some more mainstream US pop/rock.
The woodwinds offers up something extra and the vocals are good. The guitars and the keyboards does not offer up anything special here.

There are also enough to progressive rock here to make it interesting. Unfortunate, there is also a calypso song. A very bad song and out of tune with the rest of this album.

The album is almost one hour long. It offers up some good fun and cosy songs. They are not good songs though. This album is a name-your-price album and well worth checking out. But it is not a good album. Just a cosy, warm sounding album.

2.5 points

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