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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ivory, USA

Ivory - s/t. 1973 Playboy.

Here we go again, another album that is about half excellent, half dreadful. Starts out promising enough with a heavy organ rocker that wouldn't be out of place on a Uriah Heep album. This then leads into three full plain old woman-done-me-wrong rock songs that are... well... they're terrible. No redeeming value whatsoever, no matter how you try to rationalize it. So of course, from there on out it's prog rock heaven. Get out the organ, Moog and piano and let's play us some complicated ELP style music shall we? Heck, some of the riffs even recall the Italian interpretation of the English famous trio (think Alphataurus, L'Uovo Colombo here). And so it goes throughout Side 2, complete with an Indian bit with sitar, tablas and the works. Sigh. Any chance there's a full archive of this style sitting in a vault somewhere?

Like the Yaqui album we have in the main list, this album was released on Hefner's Playboy label.

Another one from the Midwest Mike stash.

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nnknsh said...

This used to be a bargain bin regular (I mean, in Japan !) and once had one myself.

Remember it having one excellent track (the opener of side 2), and few OK tracks (the opening one, and the final one) but sold it eventually as too much of it was sub-par.

Tom said...

Haha. To my surprise, I didn't recognize the cover, as I would have expected this to also be a $1 binner here in the States back in the 80s and early 90s. I'm still a bit surprised just how great a couple of the pieces are - though on the whole not a necessary album. But if they had more in the vaults like those great pieces - it could be a winner!

Thanks Nobuhisa for the comment.

Steve Pinkston said...

I dunno ... I kind of liked it. I have several copies!