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Red Queen to Gryphon Three

Red Queen to Gryphon Three

by Gryphon
     
 

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Red Queen to Gryphon Three is only available coupled with the Raindance album on the same disc, but it has stood the test of time as an excellent progressive rock piece. The album centers around a game of chess, with each track around ten minutes in length. The symphonic structure of the movements intricately combine rich textured strings with medieval

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Red Queen to Gryphon Three is only available coupled with the Raindance album on the same disc, but it has stood the test of time as an excellent progressive rock piece. The album centers around a game of chess, with each track around ten minutes in length. The symphonic structure of the movements intricately combine rich textured strings with medieval horns, reminiscent of 16th century England. The keyboards bridge together certain passages with just the right intensity so that they keep from modernizing the album's feel. While some progressive rock can seem over the top or contrived, Gryphon mixes subtlety with diversity to formulate beautiful streamlined music. The use of the bassoon and krumhorn gives this album depth and a profound musical element not found in other bands of the same nature. The tempos and accents express moods that are structured for each piece precisely, such as the brainstorming arrangements in "Opening Move" and the victorious finale heard throughout "Checkmate," the last song on the album. The absence of vocals lets the music carry extra weight, enhancing the vision of the chessboard in the mind's eye.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2007
Label:
Talking Elephant
UPC:
5028479011223
catalogNumber:
112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gryphon   Primary Artist
Richard Harvey   Horn,Keyboards,Recorder,Wind,Krummhorn,Crumhorn,Group Member
Malcolm Bennett   Bass
Brian Gulland   Bassoon,Horn,Recorder,Krummhorn,Crumhorn,Group Member
Ernest Hart   Organ
Philip Nestor   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
David Oberle   Percussion,Drums,Timpani,Group Member
Pete Redding   Bass,Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Graeme Taylor   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Gryphon   Arranger,Producer
Richard Harvey   Engineer
Dave Grinsted   Producer,Engineer
Graeme Taylor   Liner Notes
Dan Pearce   Illustrations,Cover Design
Ann Sullivan   Art Direction

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