Friday 22 September 2017

Skin Alley - To Pagham And Beyond (1970)

The second album from this English band.

Skin Alley was a quartet on this album with a lineup of flute, Hammond organ, trumpet, saxophone, bass, percussion, harmonica, guitars, drums and vocals.

I was not overly happy with their self-titled debut album from 1970. Read my review here.

Skin Alley has not changed their skin (pun intended) between these two albums. We get the same on their album # 2.

That means jazz/fusion with folk rock influences (Jethro Tull) and soul. Add some standard British rock anno late 1960s too and you get my drift.

The songs are a bit more well crafted on To Pagham And Beyond than on their debut album. Well crafted soul songs, that is. There is also a lot of saxophone lead jazz here and some flutes lead folk rock.

A mixed bag in other word. And a quite good forty odd minutes long album. The mastering is not good and the sound not impressive. Most of the songs is not to my liking either. This album is still well worth checking out, though.

2.5 points

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