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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Deep Feeling - Deep Feeling (1971 uk, marvelous progressive rock, japan edition)

1971 was perhaps the best year for the lesser known British bands who still found themselves in the proto-prog category. Such acclaimed albums as Cressida's "Asylum", Beggar's Opera's "Waters of Change" and of course Spring's self-titled album were released that year. But while these albums are well known to at least progressive rock fans, Deep Feeling's album from the same year seems to be strangely forgotten, even if it occasionally boasted a higher degree of complexity than the earlier mentioned bands.

Opener "Welcome for a Soldier" reminds quite a lot of Fruupp, even if this was two years before that band's debut. It features a nice and thoughtful verse, catchy chorus and a somewhat experimental chorale part in the middle, everything wrapped up in the typical early '70s progressive rock arrangements (although the Mellotron was not among the equipment of keyboardist Derek Elsen).

The depressing and even gory lyrics are however not quite my thing, but I always keep more attention to the music anyway. The next tune "Old People's Home" is a sentimental and lightweight little acoustic song with some nice and folksy vocal harmonies. But the band returns to full progressive form again in their impressive version of "Classical Gas". Many of you will know this superb instrumental piece as the highlight from Beggar's Opera's otherwise forgettable "Get Your Dog off Me!" album released a few years later. But while Beggar's Opera's version was a fast, almost pop-inflected catchy ditty, Deep Feeling's version went for a far more epic progressive approach with an almost medieval feel in the complex arrangements.

The harpsichord is one of the main instruments here, and it plays superbly along with Mart Jenner's guitar. Some obligatory classical influenced organ also appears at the end. The dark and gory lyrics return again in the band's own "Guillotine" that perhaps is the most complex song here. The lengthy instrumental section is a bit harder and more aggressive than the rest of the record, and the complexity equals even Marsupilami. On the album features some very worthwhile music that will suit you well if you're a fan of British proto-prog.

1. Welcome For A Soldier - 5:58
2. Old People's Home - 3:53
3. Classical Gas - 8:16
4. Guillotine - 9:02
5. Country Heir - 5:47
6. Lucille - 5:28

Deep Feeling
*John Swail - Lead Vocals, Guitar
*Mart Jenner - Lead Guitar, Pedal Steel, Vocals
*Dave Green - Bass Guitar, Flute, Vocals
*Derek Elsen - Keyboards, Vocals
*Graham Jarvis - Drums, Percussion, Vocals

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adamus67 said...

WARNING! This is a different band than also, the British band the psychedelic Deep Feeling issued by Sunbeam!
A great the British quintet-band prog-rock of in November 1971 by DJM Records The only one album a typical progressive contained ambitious, a little play with the dominant classicist Hammond organs - in the climate of the early Genesis, Beggars Opera, and Argent,excellent &quite heavy guitar parts,inventive keyboard work &complex vocal harmonies.
This is absolute treat for any fan of the genre!
Well from old time Japanese edition CD for now once again released by the Swedish label flamed GEMS (2011) - in addition to better sound +1 bonus track (average) ''Sweet Dust And Red'' Wine (from Spanish LP version)This is absolute treat for any fan of the genre!
Marios Thank you for execution arduous work!

snakeboy said...

Sounds good. Looking forward to hearing the rest.

ARGS said...

Πολλά ευχαριστώ Μάριε!!!

sosgotcha said...

I search this kind of great stuff !
Very nice, have you another pearl like that ?
Thank you

Neil Sumner said...

bought this cd after hearing Guy Darrell on Sounds of the Sixties on BBC R2 in Feb 2017. because I used to watch them under the name of the Guy Darrell Band at The Green Man in 73/74 my curiosity was aroused. I love this album. it was a pricey cd by modern standards but worth every penny. just wish I could find more music from thus band.

Agapit said...

7 Do You Love Me?
8 Move On
9 Skyline Pigeon
10 We've Thrown It All Away
11 Do You Wanna Dance
12 The Day My Lady Cried
13 Sweat Dust And Red Wine
14 Turn Around
15 Country Heir (Edited Single Version)
16 Sunday Morning Leaving
17 Why, Lady Why?
18 Let's Spend The Night Together
19 Avalon