Encore [UK]

Encore [UK]

by Argent

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Overview

This album, originally released as a double LP in early 1975, was supposed to buy a little time for Argent as the group worked two new members, John Verity and John Grimaldi, into its lineup in the wake of the departure of co-founder Russ Ballard. As a result, it showcased a band that had already evolved out of the sound represented here, which must have seemed a pity for the fans who bought it. The sound captured on this album combines equal measures of progressive rock and hard-driving pop
ock into a whole that never lost its sight on rock & roll, as on "Thunder and Lightning" and "Music of the Spheres," or the more traditional sound of "Keep on Rollin'." With Ballard's guitar and the rhythm section of Jim Rodford (bass) and Bob Henrit (drums), the band could only stray so far from rock, and they and keyboardist Rod Argent, pulling in those opposite directions, ended up creating a scintillating whole on much of this record. Even the extended jams are focused and always maintain some serious forward momentum, though the opener, "The Coming of Kohoutek," comes dangerously close to fatal digression -- one can only quote Berlioz so far before the piece it's in loses its purpose as rock & roll. The 11-minute jam of "Hold Your Head Up" seemed a little excessive at the time -- a reaction probably caused, in part, by the substandard pressings by which the vinyl version of this release was seemingly universally represented -- but it holds up well today. And the band encored with "Time of the Season," a selection with which no one could possibly take serious issue -- they dress it up in some heavily ornamented drumming and guitar, but it's the song everyone knows and loves, done about as well as anyone who was not Colin Blunstone could ever handle it. [This edition was released in the U.K.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC: 5017261205889
catalogNumber: 588
Rank: 35675

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Argent   Primary Artist
Rod Argent   Keyboards,Vocals
Russ Ballard   Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Grundy   Drums
Robert Henrit   Percussion,Drums
Jim Rodford   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Chris White   Bass
Rick Birkett   Guitar
James Rodford   Bass Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Argent   Composer
Tom Petty   Liner Notes
Chris White   Composer,Audio Production
Rod Argent   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Russ Ballard   Songwriter,Composer
Colin Blunstone   Composer
Phil Lynott   Composer
Paul Atkinson   Composer
Peter Bown   Remixing
Brian Downey   Composer
Hugh Grundy   Composer
Chris White   Producer
C.C. White   Composer
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Phil Macdonald   Engineer

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