In The Land of Free, we still keep on Rockin'

Plain and Fancy

"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"

Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Third Estate - Years Before the Wine (1976 us, observable concept psychedelic rock , progressive folk)

Third Estate’s “Years Before the Wine” is an ambitious and intricate psychedelic concept album from 1976 about the French Revolution (!) which blends warm Southern summer sounds (the band were from Baton Rouge, Louisiana) with baroque song structures. Never fear, the serious subject matter is no match for the strong songwriting and light, flowing music.

Stunning vocals from Fae Ficklin on the title track are lovely, but even without them this album would richly deserve its status as a psychedelic classic. Stark, intimate production, with tasty fuzz guitar, backwards tape-loop soundscapes and beautiful treated acoustic guitar, puts one in mind of the Ithaca/Agincourt/Friends trilogy from England. The sound of exploration is evident everywhere, as the band spreads its wings, and glorious harmonies flow forth.

The previously unreleased album recorded as Agonistes (the Greek word for The Fighters) in 1973 shows that the later recordings were no fluke—it can stand alone as one of the most beguiling folk/psych albums we’ve ever heard..

1a. Years Before the Wine - Destiny (R. Everett, C. Harrell) - 4:44
 b. Years Before the Wine - Overcast (R. Everett, C. Harrell) - 5:35
2. Useless Things (R. Everett) - 3:34
3. Look at Me (C. Harrell) - 8:42
4. Kings (R. Everett, C. Harrell) - 2:32
5. Puppet City (R. Everett, C. Harrell) - 8:07
6. Think It's Time (R. Everett, C. Harrell) - 4:40
7. The Third Estate (R. Everett) - 5:31

Third Estate
*Robert Everett - 6-String Electric, Acoustic Guitars, Bass, Piano, Organ, Maracas, Wind Chimes, Vocals
*Chas Harrell - 12-String Acoustic Guitars, 6-String Electric Guitars, Saws, Hammers, Vocals
*Jerry Lang - Drums, Guiro, Bells, Claves
*Fae Ficklin - Vocals

Free Text


Cositronico said...

A gret album. A little masterpiece. Thank you very much.

Pep Sonic said...

Many thankx for this Marios. This album is beautiful. Highly recommended.

muzicprog said...

Hi Rock...awesome! great but unknown group of FR from USA.
Mayb outta time but wot a boo´ful record!
Da sound in flac is a delightfull ding.
A zillion danks 4 dis. (six stars)

juan manuel muñoz said...

many thanks marios. cheers

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot!