Web - I Spider. 1970 England

Web - I Spider. 1970 Polydor

CD reissues: 1990 Edison (Japan); 2008 Esoteric; 2008 Arcangelo (Japan mini-LP)

Packaging details: For years the 1990 CD of this album was one of the rarer CD's in my collection. But that changed in 2008 with the far superior Esoteric release - and I subsequently upgraded as well.  This Esoteric version features two live bonus tracks, liner notes and unique photos. A major upgrade from previous issues.

Notes: Web at this stage had moved on from their bluesy slightly jazzy psych period, into the more trendy progressive rock that was infiltrating all UK bands at the time. Despite being on Polydor, it sounds like an album that would've been more at home on a label like Dawn or Neon. Highly melodic, perhaps melancholic, rock music with guitar, organ and sax. And maybe best of all are the mournful vocals of Dave Lawson. Arguably even better than "I Spider" is the next stage of the band, known as Samurai - an album we will most certainly cover eventually.


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