Kayak - s/t. 1974 Netherlands

Kayak - s/t. 1974 EMI

Just  a quick entry here to cover off on the next Kayak album from our last entry.

CD reissues: 1995 Pseudonym; 2012 Esoteric (UK)

Packaging notes: Probably the most obscure of the early Kayak releases, as to the best of my knowledge, it was never released in the USA. There is a UK press on Harvest however. I do like the cover, which is Hipgnosis-like, though I don't think they did this one. As for the CD's we have the reverse case of "See See the Sun" - whereas on that album Pseudonym had two bonus tracks verse Esoteric's one, this time it's Esoteric 2 to Pseudonym 1. I just bought the Esoteric version since the Pseudonym CD was long OOP. (ED: And later picked up an original LP on ebay)

Notes: The second album expands both sides of Kayak's sound. There's more of a distinct demarcation between their commercial pop aspirations and their arty progressive side. The poppier songs are tighter with stronger melodies, whereas the progressive compositions stretch the instrumental sections with plenty of complex bits. Arguably this is the better album, though I'm partial to "See See the Sun" as it has a better flow and a couple of knockout tracks.

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