Saturday, January 16, 2010

Heaven Brass Rock 1

Heaven, a jazz rock group from Portsmouth, burst forth onto the British rock scene in 1970 when they appeared at the legendary Isle of Wight festival sharing a bill with The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix et al. Making a stunning debut, the band (now managed by festival organiser Rikki Farr), soon secured a recording deal with CBS Records who signed the band for a large advance. The resulting double album "Brass Rock 1" appeared in 1971, adorned in a lavish fold-out sleeve. Well received critically, the album failed to achieve the expected success and Heaven soon disbanded, leaving behind a fine example of classic jazz rock.

This is much rawer, much less song oriented than BST or Chicago. It is much more free form with guitar riffs battling with horn riffs, and occasional vocals which are gruffly goofy. Definitely falls into late psych, early progressive in its exploration. Ignore the vocals and focus in the instrumental breaks and you have some interesting stuff.

1. Things I Should've Been 2. This Time Tomorrow 3. Never Say Die 4. Come Back
5. Song for Chaos 6. Morning Coffee 7. Number One 8. Number Two 9. Dawning


No comments:

Related Posts with Thumbnails