Trapeze [1970]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Trapeze were the first act signed by the Moody Blues to their newly founded Threshold Records label, and remain the most substantial talent -- along with Nicky James -- ever to pass through that company's roster, apart from the Moodies themselves. Those listeners who only know the subsequent albums by Trapeze may be surprised by this debut effort, the sole recording left behind by the original five-piece version of the band. With Moody Blues bassist John Lodge producing a lineup that included ex-Montanas lead singer John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley alongside singer/guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland, late of Finders Keepers,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Trapeze were the first act signed by the Moody Blues to their newly founded Threshold Records label, and remain the most substantial talent -- along with Nicky James -- ever to pass through that company's roster, apart from the Moodies themselves. Those listeners who only know the subsequent albums by Trapeze may be surprised by this debut effort, the sole recording left behind by the original five-piece version of the band. With Moody Blues bassist John Lodge producing a lineup that included ex-Montanas lead singer John Jones and guitarist/keyboardist Terry Rowley alongside singer/guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes, and drummer Dave Holland, late of Finders Keepers, the sounds here don't closely resemble the hard-rocking work of the subsequent trio -- there are lush choruses, psychedelic interludes, and hook-laden romantic ballads scattered throughout this record. Yet that trio, of Hughes, Galley, and Holland, is pumping out high-energy music within the context of psychedelic pop
ock throughout this album, which comes off as a much higher-wattage alternative to the Moody Blues. And in some respects, this album also closely resembles the better moments on those three early Deep Purple albums the ones with Rod Evans on lead vocals, when they were essentially a hard rock outfit still playing pop
ock -- the results aren't bad and, in fact, are quite catchy at times, but it's clear that three of these musicians are holding back to one degree or another in these surroundings. Galley's high-energy leads and power chords and Hughes' already larger-than-life bass are the dominant sounds about 60 percent of the time, overpowering much around them, with songs like the Galley/Jones-composed "Fairytale" and Hughes-authored "Am I" pointing the way to their future sound -- and even on Rowley's rock ballad "Send Me No More Letters," Holland is playing drums about as hard as the music will permit. The core trio does find a good compromise with Rowley and Jones' more lyrical, psychedelic pop sensibilities, and Trapeze probably could have held this sound together longer than they did but for Jones' and Rowley's departures. But it's also clear that there was another band trying to break out from within the sound of this lineup, which happened later in the year when Trapeze were reduced to a trio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Lemon Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929762121
  • Catalog Number: 21
  • Sales rank: 89,796

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Only a Dream (0:42)
  2. 2 The Giant's Dead Hoorah (3:32)
  3. 3 Over (3:36)
  4. 4 Nancy Gray (2:47)
  5. 5 Fairytale (7:39)
  6. 6 Verily Verily (2:47)
  7. 7 Fairytale (3:07)
  8. 8 It's My Life (4:49)
  9. 9 Am I (3:28)
  10. 10 Suicide (2:35)
  11. 11 Wings (4:32)
  12. 12 Another Day (0:37)
  13. 13 Send Me No More Letters
  14. 14 It's Only a Dream
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Trapeze Primary Artist
Glenn Hughes Bass, Guitar, Piano, Trombone, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Mel Galley Guitar, Bass Guitar, Group Member
Hughes Track Performer
Jones Track Performer
John Beverly Jones Group Member
John Jones Trumpet, Vocals
Bill Price Peng
Terry Rowley Organ, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Group Member
Dave Holland Drums
Technical Credits
John Lodge Producer
Glenn Hughes Contributor
John Jones Contributor
Christopher Neal Engineer
Bill Price Engineer
John Punter Engineer
Roger Quested Engineer
Jerry Rowley Contributor
Chris Neal Engineer
Nigel Williamson Liner Notes
Dave Holland Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Debut Album for Trapeze

    The Debut Album from Trapeze, recently reissued, provides an interesting look back at early 70's prog rock. Not nearly as enjoybale though as their second LP, Medusa, Trapeze shows some glimpes of British Blues-Rock. The track listings are wrong - Fairytale/Verily Verliy/Fairytale encompasses Track 5, not 5, 6 and 7.

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