Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Rare Bird - S/T / Somebody's Watchingdotdotdotdot
artworkThis twofer couples the first and third LP's from one of progressive rock's lost bands. Their first couple of albums were on ABC in the US, and later releases were Polydor. Their sound was a little operatic, often organ dominated, and inconsistently creative. Sometimes juvenile, sometimes quite sophisticated, Rare Bird were not like their peers. Because of this, they would languish in relative obscurity, never developing a following outside the UK. They just didn't fit. For me, that was part of their charm. Like the Nice, they leaned on classical structures, but unlike the nice, they mixed in pop and pomp, and did so with virtually all original material. Interestingly enough for me, these two LP's were always my faves, so finding this package was quite a treat. As a bonus, "Somebody's Watching" includes a very cool extended jam based on Enio Morricone's main score from For A Few Dollars More.
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Track by Track Review

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Spaghetti Prog Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid jam erupting from Enio Morricone's "For A Few Dollars More" with power and abandon. Rhythmic and writhing like a soulful nougat, this only falls short of perfect in the too-jammy midsection. If you edit it out, this really rocks. Great guitar, solid keys, thumping bass, and excellent drums. It even almost feels aquatic.