Rebirth [Bonus Track]

Rebirth [Bonus Track]

by Blonde on Blonde
     
 

Blonde on Blonde's second album has held up extremely well across the decades. Forty years on, their mix of rootsy textures, a hard attack on their instruments, and psychedelic-cum-progressive experiments seem a lot more friendly to the ear than a lot of bands that over-reached as soon as they were allowed to go over four minutes on a…  See more details below

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Blonde on Blonde's second album has held up extremely well across the decades. Forty years on, their mix of rootsy textures, a hard attack on their instruments, and psychedelic-cum-progressive experiments seem a lot more friendly to the ear than a lot of bands that over-reached as soon as they were allowed to go over four minutes on a song. And they do go way over that on a handful of the cuts here, but they're never dull and always seem to have something to say that's worth hearing. "Colour Questions" is a killer guitar workout, reminiscent of Wishbone Ash in their early days, while "November" and "You'll Never Know Me/Release" makes a great case for the organ (and the grand piano, on the latter) having a lot to contribute to prog rock; indeed, those who miss what Yes lost when they dropped Tony Kaye in favor of Rick Wakeman might check out this reissue. Richard Hopkins' keyboards share center-stage with Gareth Johnson's lead guitar (and sitar, and electronic effects), and David Thomas' vocals add a pleasing dramatic (almost operatic) edge to the lyrics that suits them; only Les Hicks on the drums seems a little outclassed, but that's only an illusion; he helps hold the sprawling "Colour Questions" together, no small feat across 12 minutes. They have about as much energy as Yes did in those prime early days, and Hopkins' bass work comes off really loud and prominent (and lively) in the 2009 remix. [As a bonus, the CD -- which is lavishly illustrated and annotated, and has also been remastered for especially crisp sound -- also features the single-edit of "Circles," which eliminates the extended solo, but is a lot more succinct at three minutes and change.]

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Release Date:
09/08/2009
Label:
Fantastic Voyage
UPC:
5055311000244
catalogNumber:
24

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