Friday, January 13, 2012
Eиglαиd - Gαrdεи Sнεd (1977)
One of the best one-shot gems of the latter half of 70's progressive rock and a rarity to boot, England released Garden Shed in 1977 to nearly no acclaim due to changing trends and an increasingly diminutive market for prog. in general by this point.
Taken on it's own merits and out of context with the conditions of the era though, this is a pretty sharp record in more ways than one and boasts strong material that could compete with even the big players in the genre at the height of their creativity. Whether you find yourself taken by the quirky narrative flow of 'Midnight Madness" or the Yes-meets-Capability Brown 'Three Piece Suite', there is no song here that lack distinction, finesse, great harmonies and even ear-catching grandeur in both pace and arrangement.
A good progressive rock record, you see, can hold your attention, but an excellent one like Gαrdεи Sнεd makes the label itself seem rather limiting. Highly recommended.