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After his eponymous band Greenslade fell apart in the wake of 1975's Time & Tide, keyboardist Dave Greenslade set off on his own path, constructing a loose concept album based on the American West. For listeners unfamiliar either with Greenslade or his first band Colosseum, the Roger Dean cover art for Cactus Choir functions as a good tipoff that this 1976 LP should not be seen as a companion to the Western fantasia of Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection. This is a thoroughly British prog rock record but it isn't as dense as the keyboardist's previous projects, possessing a jaunty sense of humor -- one that surfaces clearly on "Country Dance," along with the "Oh! Susanna" quotation on "Finale" -- and a lightness that keeps the nearly cinematic sense of drama somewhat humble. Make no mistake, this is certainly an album that will only appeal to aficionados of '70s prog rock -- the record sounds precisely like the Roger Dean artwork looks, filled with densely saturated colors and intricately detailed curlicues -- but Greenslade's whimsy does keep Cactus Choir interesting and not too pompous. Bent corner due to evil postman.
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Similar artists: GREENSLADE
Type: LP
Recorded: 1976
Release Date: 2016-06-01
Label: Beat Goes On
Country: Euro
Item No: BGOLP2001
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Track List
01 Pedro's Party
02 Gettysburg
03 Swings And Roundabouts
04 Time Takes My Time
05 Forever And Ever
06 Cactus Choir: (a) The Rider; (b) Greeley And The Rest (c) March At Sunset
07 Country Dance
08 Finale