MarkвЂ“Almond were an English band of the late 1960s and early 1970s, who worked in the territory between rock and jazz. In 1970 Jon Mark and Johnny Almond formed Mark-Almond (also occasionally referred to as The Mark-Almond Band). The melancholy tones of saxophonist Almond were an integral part of the group's sound, and Almond frequently played flute as well, including the bass flute. Characterized by a blend of blues and jazz riffs, latin beats, and a mellow rock aesthetic, and in contrast the heavier guitar-driven rock of his contemporaries, composer and band leader Mark worked at producing warm and melodic works.
Rising is one of the hardest of the Mark-Almond discs to find, and itвЂ™s a bit of a shame, since itвЂ™s also one of their best. There are only two really weak songs on the whole record (вЂњSong for a Sad MusicianвЂќ and вЂњOrgan GrinderвЂќ), and the rest are of a remarkable variety of color and songwriting style. The groaning slow-motion of вЂњTrampвЂќ is re-echoed on вЂњMonday Bluesong,вЂќ вЂњWhat Am I Living For?вЂќ is like the upbeat brother to вЂњThe Ghetto,вЂќ and the group did its first all-out rocker in вЂњRiding Free,вЂќ even if said song is little more than a flabby homage to a Harley-Davidson. Rising also contains one of their other big bland FM staples, вЂњIвЂ™ll Be Leaving Soon,вЂќ and вЂњThe Phoenix,вЂќ a song so strange and yet so moving in its own way itвЂ™s worth the price of admission along with everything else.
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The album code is : ODI171041