Saturday 21 October 2017
Fred - Fred (2001)
The debut album from this US band.
Fred was a seven piece big band with a lineup of bass, guitars, keyboards, piano, drums, violin, percussion and vocals.
This album is a compilation of recordings the band did in 1971/72. Ditto for their second and final album who contains recordings from 1973/74. I will review that album later this month/your will find a review of that record somewhere else in this blog. So 2001 is only the year this compilation album was released. I have still chosen to review both albums.
Fred was an acid folk rock band. Which is reflected on this album. There is also more than a nod to the English folk rock scene on this album. The sound and music is pretty similar.
There is a lot of violins and guitars here. Ditto for keyboards. There is also some instrumental parts. The vocals are really good. Male vocals, all of it.
This album, cobbled together remember, is almost one hour long and it has some fairly interesting moments. It is not the most exciting music. The band also knows how to rock and there are some hard rocking parts on this album. There is indeed some arena rock like music here too.
The music is not that exciting and not that good. The music feels too generic and too bland. But this is still a decent to good album. The sound is really good so this album is well worth checking out.