Monday, October 02, 2006

Requested...
Narnia "Aslan Is Not A Tame Lion" (UK Prog-Folk 1974)

Narnia were a one-shot female-fronted UK outfit, operating in the lightweight, folky end of the progressive spectrum, with a Christian bent to a few tracks, notably Miracle Of Birth and In The Forest; hardly surprising, given their whole C.S.Lewis thing, I suppose. I don't personally find the music especially enthralling, but if you like the quieter, simpler type of '70s stuff, you may be into it.

Keyboard man Peter Banks (no relation to the ex-Yes/Flash guitarist) plays Mellotron on four tracks, with solid strings throughout their cover of Tom Paxton's You'd Better Believe It and Muddy Ground, with flutes and strings on Agapé and To A Fountain, making this quite a 'Tron album, on the quiet. As I said, don't expect anything wildly exciting, but it's all competent enough, and the Mellotron stuff's worth hearing.

7 Comments:

Blogger newelectricmuse said...

This was another one on my list of albums to hear - it's a mix of prog (nothing heavy), folk and pop, with a different elements prominent in different songs. I especially like the catchy first track which has some nice mellotron. The female vocals are good throughout. Peter Banks (keyboards) went onto After The Fire who produced an excellent (and rare) prog album "Signs Of Change" before going in a more poppy direction.
Thanks for this!
Newelectricmuse

04 October, 2006 00:41  
Anonymous Doppelganger said...

This is a Great Album!!! "Better believe it" and "Agape" are the best songs... great passionate female singer, and very sweet progressions... Thanx

14 June, 2007 11:26  
OpenID smudge77 said...

thanks, this sounds interesting

29 March, 2009 21:17  
Blogger Dragul said...

I've heard a lot of them but never have listened to them! looks great. Thanks.

11 January, 2010 05:56  
Blogger Andy Maybury said...

Peter Banks then went on to form After the Fire … and took his Melatron with him!

31 December, 2011 00:22  
Blogger Andy Maybury said...

Peter Banks went on to form After the Fire … and took his Mellotron with him!

31 December, 2011 00:24  
Blogger Andy Maybury said...

… I have this album on vinyl and digitised it but haven't transcribed the lyrics yet.

31 December, 2011 00:25  

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