Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Keith Relf's final album before his tragic death in 1976 (from electrocuting himself accidentally). "Buzzard" kicks things off with a guitar so grimy sounding you could fry Eggs on it. it explodes into a wall of Wah Wah pedals and complicated drum fills. you just end up drooling at this bands potential. Next up the beautiful "Silver Tightropewhich" is obviously written by Relf having heard the folky classical stuff he had written for the first two Renaissance albums. It is soaked in phased guitar effects with Relf singing in a beautiful falsetto voice sounding completeley different from his Yardbird's days. This is the only mellow moment on the whole LP. "Paths and planes and future gains" its back to the heavy metal the characterizes this LP. Overall a fantastic album which gave us glimpse of what may have followed.
03.paths and planes and future gains
04.last stand before
05.basking in the white of the midnight sun