Thursday, March 20, 2008

Album of the Day

The Rotters Club, by Hatfield and the North (1975): The other day over at Progressive Ears, someone was arguing that Phil Miller was the only guitar player who would have worked with Hatfield and the North. Listening to this album a couple times in the days since, I think he's right. Stylistically, HatN have a very light touch, and the typical glory seeking guitar hero would have ruined that balance. Miller's deft touch allows his guitar to dance on top of, around, and in between Dave Stewart's tasty keyboard work as a perfect compliment. When he comes to the fore, it works musically. Miller's playing is just one part of this brilliant prime slice of Canterbury prog.

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