torsdag 29 mars 2012

Trapeze - Meduza (Hårdrock Med Glenn Hughes UK 1970)

230:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Utgången sedan 2006 och är nu eftertraktad.)

Classic Rock album that has stood the test of time. A blend of classic Blues-based Rock fused with Soul, Funk and occasional heavier elements it marks the crowning glory of Trapeze. Recorded in 1970 just as the band changed from being a five piece to becoming a power trio (Glenn Hughes, Mel Galley and Dave Holland). With hindsight, you could say Trapeze were something of a budding super group with Hughes later joining Deep Purple , Galley joining Whitesnake and Holland joining Judas Priest. Medusa the album was written by the band members and produced by John Lodge, of the Moody Blues, and released on the Moodies own Threshold label.

Trapeze, in their most popular line up, consisted of bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes, guitarist Mel Galley, and drummer Dave Holland. Glenn Hughes is best known as "The Voice of Rock", one of the most aclaimed voices in all of music. All three would later depart to form integral parts of bands such as Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Whitesnake and Judas Priest. So their influence was wider spread than one would first believe.
Their style of hard rock was as intelligent as it was heavy. So unique was this combination, that they were signed to the Moody Blues record label, Threshold records. Among the rockers like "Black Cloud" and "Touch My Life" were the slow burners like "Jury" and the soulful "Seaful".

This album is still among the best hard rock albums ever recorded. And given the range of influence the members have had on rock music over the last 3 decades, one would be negligant for not picking up this classic.

For many years this recording was unavailable on cd and could only be found on long out of print used LP's. The mastering to CD has been splendidly done. The recording now has the clarity and dynamic range that the LP never had. Do yourself a favor and pick up this legendary album today.

Not only is Medusa the finest offering from '70s outfit Trapeze, it is one of the decade's most underappreciated hard rock recordings. With a lineup that consisted of future Deep Purple, Judas Priest, and Black Sabbath members, there seems to be proof that at least a few fellow musicians appreciated this 1971 offering. Fans of his later work might be surprised by Glenn Hughes' soulful vocal delivery, especially on the mid-tempo blues-rockers like "Black Cloud" and "Your Love Is Alright." Guitarist Mel Galley also deserves mention for his sparse approach to classic rock riffing that is catchy and affective. Even the ballads are focused, memorable, and unique. There are some melodic moments on the closing title track that sound almost as if a '90s alt-rock crooner composed them. Considering that Medusa predates many similar, and more successful, classic rock LPs from the likes of Bad Company, Nazareth, Foreigner, and others, it's a wonder that the record isn't mentioned more when influential albums of this era are discussed.

01. "Black Cloud" (Galley; Galley) 6:13
02. "Jury" (Hughes) 8:10
03. "Your Love Is Alright" (Galley; Hughes; Holland) 4:54
04. "Touch My Life" (Galley; Galley) 4:06
05. "Seafull" (Hughes) 6:34
06. "Makes You Wanna Cry" (Galley; Galley) 4:41
07. "Medusa" (Hughes) 5:40