Strange Days - 9 Parts to the Wind. 1975 England

Strange Days comes from the last throes of UK progressive rock in 1975. Similar to other bands of its ilk, namely Druid, Kestrel, Time, and Fruupp - Strange Days went boldly forward with a combination of complex progressive rock, with a lucid dose of commercial material just in case a high powered record executive might tune in. They didn't, and off to the obscurity grave went Strange Days. But for deep divers of arcane progressive rock, don't miss this gem. The last two tracks in particular demonstrate that Strange Days were a group to be reckoned with, and include many complex progressions. Oddly, the lengthiest tune with the overtly proggy moniker 'The Journey' is mostly a tedious Broadway play styled production, and is the weakest link to an otherwise super album.

Personal collection
LP: 1975 Retreat/EMI
CD: 2007 Strange Days / Universal

I was sort of late to the party on this album. I'm not sure how I missed this album in my initial accumulation of LPs, but it just never came across my desk. The CD that arrived many years later, was my introduction to the album.

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