Sunday, June 25, 2006

Beggars Opera ''Pathfinder'' (UK Prog-Rock 1972)

This album sounds a little more aggressive than the two previous albums. The mellotron was gone, and replaced by some harpsichord instead. The guitar is also more visible than before. The album includes what I would regard as BO's best recording ever: their version of Richard Harris' heavenly classic "Mac Arthur Park". The track seems to fit BO perfectly, and this version is still the best I've heard of it. Excellent harpsichord and organ lifts the track to the heights it deserves. This is simply one of my all time favourite tracks! But as I said, large parts of the album is heavier than anything the band had done before. "The Witch" and the harpsichord-driven "Madame Doubtfire" are both quite hard tracks with satanic lyrics! Both tracks are excellent anyway. "From Shark to Haggis" lives up to it's title. The first part is a sinister heavy progressive piece, while the last part is an instrumental with a very Scottish feel to it (after all, the band were from Scotland!). You should get both this and "Waters of Change". (vintageprog.com)

6 Comments:

Anonymous bruce said...

Just came across your blog. looks interesting. thank you for the music. will check out pretty things. want to hear athur brown thanks Bruce

25 June, 2006 21:48  
Anonymous Eduardo Martins said...

Great blog. Great post !!
I Love progressive rock; Italy,Germany,England, Japan, North Europe, South America, etc of seventh years;
Congratulations from Brazil !!

26 June, 2006 09:42  
Anonymous Grizz said...

A real classy selection here Lizardson. I dig it!!

27 June, 2006 18:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PLEASE! PUT THE LINK AGAIN

04 July, 2006 16:22  
Anonymous Deborah said...

Hi,

You have a great blog. I particularly enjoy your Vertigo Records posts. Would you please repost "Beggar's Opera". I tried downloading it and it said the file has expired.

Thanks.

01 August, 2006 13:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cody repost somebody repost this one ? please. Thank you. Could you please also protect links if you can with say http://lix.in to keep them alive more longer. Thks.

13 December, 2006 02:43  

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