Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Album of the Day

Egg, by Egg (1970): Egg was one of the first of the Canterbury prog bands to hit the scene, but mostly became known later on as the first band of keyboardist Dave Stewart and bassist Mont Campbell, who both went on to play major roles in a host of excellent bands during prog's heyday. It's sort of a shame, because Egg's best stuff stands up well with what would come later in the genre. Any band that records a tune called "The song of McGuillicudie the Pusillanimous (or don't worry James, your socks are hanging in the coal cellar with Thomas)" - which almost takes longer to say than it does to play - has something going for it.

This reissue includes as a bonus track Egg's first single, "Seven Is a Jolly Good Time," a tune in praise of odd time signatures. How some band hasn't covered that to open up one of the prog fests I don't know. It's practically a prog theme song!

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