Epic Forest [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
When they recorded their third album, Rare Bird had recently undergone some personnel changes that had a serious effect on the band's musical direction. One of the band's two keyboardists, founding member and primary songwriter Graham Field, had left, marking an end to the group's nearly unique organ-electric piano-drums-vocals lineup. Rather than replace him with another organist, the group added guitarist/second lead vocalist Ced Curtis, with singer Steve Gould taking up guitars as well. The changes naturally steered the group toward a more conventional rock sound, and not just in the specifics of their instrumentation. The band also moved away from the progressive...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
When they recorded their third album, Rare Bird had recently undergone some personnel changes that had a serious effect on the band's musical direction. One of the band's two keyboardists, founding member and primary songwriter Graham Field, had left, marking an end to the group's nearly unique organ-electric piano-drums-vocals lineup. Rather than replace him with another organist, the group added guitarist/second lead vocalist Ced Curtis, with singer Steve Gould taking up guitars as well. The changes naturally steered the group toward a more conventional rock sound, and not just in the specifics of their instrumentation. The band also moved away from the progressive rock of their first two albums, and toward material that, if not exactly pop, admitted some pop influences and was certainly closer to mainstream rock. Unfortunately, the results weren't as memorable as the original, more adventurous Rare Bird records, instead sounding at times like a nondescript cross between Yes and Crosby, Stills & Nash. Those elements weren't always prominent (and are more Yes than CS&N) , but much of it was middling early-'70s British rock that wasn't quite either mainstream hard rock or progressive. The 2007 CD reissue on El adds historical liner notes and the three tracks from the free single that came with the original LP, all of which are consistent with the sound of the material on the 12" long-playing disc that was the primary part of 1972 release. One of those bonus tracks, the ten-minute "You're Lost," is perhaps the most reminiscent of the older Rare Bird, especially in the final instrumental section, which has plenty of prog rock riffing from keyboardist (and future Spinal Tap member) Dave Kaffinetti.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: El Records
  • EAN: 5013929309920
  • Catalog Number: 99
  • Sales rank: 57,186

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rare Bird Primary Artist
Paul Korda Percussion
Nic Potter Percussion
Ced Curtis Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Paul Holland Percussion
Dave Kaffinetti Percussion, Piano, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, farfisa organ
Paul Karas Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Chris Kelly [Choir Practice] Percussion
Steve Gould Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Ced Curtis Engineer
Paul Holland Producer, Engineer
Dave Kaffinetti Composer
Christopher Evans Liner Notes
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