Thursday, 21 September 2017
Culpeper's Orchard - Second Sight (1972)
The second album from this Danish band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of sitar, mandolin, organ, piano, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and English vocals.
Their self-titled 1970 debut album has won a lot of praise. Also from this blog. So I was more than happy to purchase their two remaining albums. The third album will be reviewed shortly/you will find a review of their third album somewhere else in this blog.
The band continues down a pretty lush progressive rock landscape. References to Barclay James Harvest and The Moody Blues is pretty evident. Ditto for Gentle Giant references too.
Compared to the debut album, Second Sight sees the band approaching mainstream and cutting back on the more eclectic music and sounds from their very innovative debut album. A lot of country'n'western has also been introduced here and their sound were moving in the direction of the country'n'prog band Wally.
Which is a bit of a shame. But there is still a lot of rocking out here and a lot of progressive rock too. The sound is a lot more pastoral too.
There is not much good or very good stuff here. The sound and the vocals is good. So is the musicians. But this is a step backwards from their debut album, I am afraid.