Saturday 26 October 2019

Raw Material - Time Is... (1971)

The second and final album from this British band.

The band was a sextet with a lineup of saxophone, flute, keyboards, drums, percussion, bass, guitars and vocals.

The band had added a lead guitarist since their self-titled 1970 debut album and broadened out a bit in their sound and music.

There is a quite a collection of close related genres on this album. A bit The Beatles, a bit Van Der Graaf Generator, a lot of King Crimson, some hard rock, fusion, soul and blues.

Some of the music is very hard while they also do some more pastoral prog on other songs. The mood and feel is really good here. A lot of melancholy and some gloom.

The vocals are really good and the musicians also do their best.

Raw Material is one of the best bands of the hidden gems bands from the British scene and this album is up there among the better albums. It is an album well worth checking out.

3 points

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