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Aquila (1970)



Walijska grupa Aquila założona została w 1970 roku przez gitarzystę Ralpha Denyera po jego odejściu z zespołu Blonde on Blonde. Ich jedyna, ale za to bardzo interesująca płyta przynosi próbkę proto-progresywnego rocka o lekko jazzowym oraz momentami psychodelicznym zabarwieniu. Utwory są wielowątkowo i różnorodnie zaaranżowane, z ciekawie brzmiącym wokalem i dużą ilością świetnie zagranych partii instrumentalnych (m.in. na saksofonie i flecie). Całość powinna zadowolić nie tylko miłośników wczesnego rocka progresywnego.

Ralph Denyer - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars
Phil Childs - bass, piano
Martin Woodward - Hammond organ
George Lee - flute, saxophones
James Smith - drums, percussion

The origins of Aquila lie in the Welsh psychedelic proto-progressive outfit Blonde On Blonde. In fact the founder of Blonde On Blonde, named after the famous Bob Dylan album, was a certain Ralph Denyer who in 1970 left the same band he had founded whilst their album Rebirth was about to be released. When one compares the works of Blonde On Blonde, it seems that Denyer wished to move away from the Psychedelic drenched rock that Blonde On Blonde were playing and move further towards a progressive style that combined influences of Rhythm & Blues and Jazz.

The new vehicle for Denyer's work was called Aquila, though the group only released one album during their very brief history, the 1970 self-titled album released on the RCA label. Musically the group played a straight forward progressive rock with tinges of jazz provided mainly by Lee's playing.. As already mentioned the album, was released in 1970 in a gatefold sleeve and has become somewhat of a minor collector's item. Keith Besford designed the sleeve while production of the album was entrusted to Patrick Campbell-Lyon.  (Nigel Camilleri)

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