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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Argent - Circus (1975 uk, melodic art prog jazz rock, 2018 japan remaster)

In 1975 Argent made his most progressive and balanced album entitled "Circus". The Hammond organ (omnipresent on earlier records) has almost disappeared in favour of the electric piano (Fender Rhodes and Hohner), Mellotron, Grand piano and the famous Moog synthesizer. 

The album shows great sense of dynamics and splendid shifting moods: lush symphonic in "Circus" (swirling piano and flowing, a bit fiery electric guitar) and "Highwire" (great guitarsolo, culminating in a duel with Rod's Moog), slow and dreamy in "Clown" and "Shine On Sunshine" and fluent and powerful in the swinging "The Trapeze" (great skills on the Fender Rhodes piano) and "The Jester" (biting guitar and a funny piece of boogie woogie piano). Despite good critics the sales were poor but nowadays this fine album deserves renewed attention. 
by Erik Neuteboom

1. Circus - 3:45
2. Highwire - 9:05
3. Clown - 5:50
4. Trapeze (Jim Rodford) - 8:48
5. Shine On Sunshine - 4:02
6. The Ring - 1:20
7. The Jester - 3:35
All compositions by Rod Argent except where noted

*Rod Argent - Keyboards, Vocals
*John Grimaldi - Lead Guitar, Cello, Mandolin, Violin
*Bob Henrit - Drums
*Jim Rodford - Bass
*John Verity - Rhythm Guitar, Bass, Vocals

1970  Argent - Argent (Japan remaster)
1971  Argent - Ring Of Hands (Japan remaster)
1972  Argent - All Together Now (Japan remaster)
1973  Argent - In Deep (Japan remaster)
1974  Argent - Encore Live in Concert  (Japan remaster)
1974  Argent - Nexus (Japan remaster)
Related Act
1973  John Verity Band (Digipack issue)

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