Friday, January 30, 2009

Samurai, "More Rain" (1971)



Lawson was the voice of two of the best 'lost' groups of the British psych-prog era (and I do feel that we speak very much of a continuum from the Beatles through Genesis, Yes, and King Crimson), Samurai and Greenslade: the first, as represented by their excellent ballad "More Rain," had an awareness of jazz harmony and R&B texture that for whatever reason seemed endemic of a very small group of excellent bands that only existed from about '69 to '71 (Colosseum and especially the brilliant Cressida, whose 1971 LP Asylum is back-to-front killer). Peep Tony Edwards' subtle wah-wah guitar work and the autumnal flutes of Don Fay and Tony Roberts.