Friday 1 May 2020
Prudence - Tomorrow May Be Vanished (1972)
The debut album from this Norwegian band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of mandolin, congas, accordion, flute, guitars, bass, drums and vocals.
Prudence released four studio albums and a legendary live album before they split up. One of the members in this band later became a national institution in Norway and another one made it into a semi-national institution.
Prudence was a hard touring and hard living band in Norway where touring bands was looked down on like pest and plague. They played everywhere in Norway and most places in Sweden too.
Today, Prudence is still pretty unknown in Norway and abroad. That is a shame.
This is their debut album from a band who had toured and worked on these songs for ages on the road before entering the studio. So there is no studio wizardry and studio-only music on this album.
The music is a mix of Jethro Tull, Strawbs, Norwegian folk rock, The Byrds and a hint of Bob Dylan.
In short, this is progressive folk rock. Music with a lot of flutes and mandolin. The mandolin, which is everywhere here, sets Prudence apart. That and the accented English vocals.
There are some wild songs here and a very good ballad. 14 Pages is the ballad.
I really like this album a lot. It is a good album and one not to be under estimated. I honestly think Prudence should be included in the list of good and great progressive rock bands.
More reviews to follow.