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GRYPHON Red Queen To Gryphon Three
Talking Elephant TECD112 (2007)


The medieval rock tag did much to help the band's early profile but by second album 'Midnight Mushrumps' they were veering into prog-rock territory and lost something of their original impact.

Following that, 'Red Queen to Gryphon Three' was conceived as one long instrumental piece and adventurous even for 1974.

The band had not quite ditched their crumhorns but instead they worked up a blend of Albion Dance Band meets Acoustic Yes.

Now reissued, it hasn't worn too badly. Richard Harvey split his time between keyboards and recorders, the latter was really his specialism and he is a very accomplished player.

Fans of the band, or of classically-orientated acoustic rock, will welcome this reissue but should also search out the excellent BBC radio sessions on Hux Records.


Review by David Randall

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