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Release Info: Mark Almond - Rising
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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