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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Audience - House On The Hill (1971 uk, great progresive rock, 2015 remaster and expanded)

"The House on the Hill"  is maybe Audience's strongest effort, made up of simple, elegantly arranged songs, focusing around Howard Werth's "electric classical" guitar and Keith Gemmel's tenor sax and clarinet. "Jackdaw" has Werth showing off his vocal range by hollering out the chorus in full force.

"Raviole" is an instrumental piece painted with lovely acoustic guitar and is one of the real gems on the album. There's not a lot of meat on each of the songs, but the use of flute and vibraphone give this album a unique feel and is deemed interesting mainly for that purpose.

The overall atmosphere is quite comfortable, and the hypnotizing effect aroused from the woodwind instruments creates an absorbing mood one might not expect to find here. Snippets of jazz fusion make up the title track, overlapped with some rich saxophone playing. After a few listens, this band slowly rises from being heard to being enjoyable.
by Mike DeGagne

1. Jackdaw - 7:30
2. You're Not Smiling - 5:21
3. I Had a Dream - 4:18
4. Raviole - 3:41
5. Nancy - 4:15
6. Eye to Eye - 2:32
7. I Put a Spell on You - 4:09
8. The House on the Hill - 7:32
9. You're Not Smiling (Single Mix) - 4:18
10.Indian Summer - 3:17
11.You're Not Smiling (Promotional Radio Version) - 4:17

*Howard Werth - Electric Guitar, Vocals
*Tony Connor - Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vibraphone
*Gus Dudgeon - Percussion
*Keith Gemmell - Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
*Trevor Williams - Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals

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Otiselevator said...

I've loved this record since I saw them at Middlesborough Town Hall a very long time ago. "House on the Hill" featured electronic sax effects the like of which I had never heard. Howard Werth nearly joined the Doors to replace Jim Morrison. Truly an extraordinary band.

6D Music said...

Nice one. Thank you.

fern01 said...

Excellent album. Very good players. The sound of the wind brings a special tone. Thanks MARIOS

mitches said...

Ευχαριστώ πολύ για άλλη μια φορά!

MIF said...

Thanks Marios, I really appreciated the Audience series

Hotroder said...

Hey Marios,love this album it is a classic.
Thanks for the share.

Mari said...

Thanks for this as well!

turn me over/play me again said...

Καποιο θεμα υπαρχει.Δεν ανοιγει το Αρχειο ουτε με windows media player ουτε με VLC.Μηπως κανω εγω το λαθος;

Marios said...

@turn me over/play me again,
try this:

Mike said...

Very happy to have this one. Many thanks for the share.

Marios said...


antavent said...

Thanx Marios for the remastered edition.