Audience (Uk)

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Review Text It feels completely weird to regard Audience's self-titled 1969 debut album as an "art rock" album, or even stranger, "prog rock." Yet, along with In the Court of the Crimson King (the first album by King Crimson) and early Yes efforts, it is exactly that, despite the fact that it is far more rockist and basic. But vocalist and guitarist Howard Werth wanted to be as far away as possible from the band's previous incarnation as the Lloyd Alexander Blues Band. So, along with reed and woodwind man Keith Gemmell, drummer Tony Connor, and bassist Trevor Williams -- yes, that one -- the band put their flutes and arty lyrics about poets and meadows first and got right to it. There is no psychedelia on these sides, though there is a certain amount of flower power in the laughable words. Audience were in the process of self-discovery here, and they fail as often as they succeed. Cuts like "Waverley Stage Coach" and "Harlequin" borrow wonderfully from the heaviness and imagery of the Move's best sides, while "Poet," "Pleasant Convalescene," and "River Boat Queen" are pure twee twaddle. ~ Thom Jurek

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  1. 1. Banquet
  2. 2. Poet
  3. 3. Waverley Stage Coach
  4. 4. River Boat Queen
  5. 5. Harlequin
  6. 6. Heaven Was an Island
  7. 7. Too Late I'm Gone
  8. 8. Maiden's Cry
  9. 9. Pleasant Convalescence
  10. 10. Leave It Unsaid
  11. 11. Man on Box
  12. 12. House on the Hill
  13. 13. Paper Round
  14. 14. Going Song
  15. 15. Troubles

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