Monday, 29 April 2019
Amazing Blondel - England (1972)
The fourth album from this English band.
The band was a trio with a lineup of bongos, mellotron, dulcimer, guitars, flute, harmonium, pipe organ, tabor, tubular bells, bass and vocals.
Two guest musicians added harpsischord, strings and oboe.
Amazing Blondel was one of those folk rock bands in the 1970s who also crossed over into progressive rock too.
Like on this album.
The album title is ambitious and it is easy to fail with an album title like this. So with this in mind, we get a lush folk rock album with a great deal of medieval music and symphonic prog.
The songs are really good with lush vocals and strings. This makes this album a lot more than a folk rock album. But it is not a rock or a pop album. It is.... wait for it.... an art rock album. Or dare I say.... a symphonic prog album. No, it is not.
The vocals on this half an hour long album are very good and this album has a pastoral sound. It is also a mix of what England can offer up. England from two hundred years ago or so.
This is indeed a good album and one to cherish. It is not among the best folk rock albums. But it is still a good album.