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Gravytrain-Second Birth-'73 PROG ROCK-NEW LP LONGHAIR

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Gravytrain-Second Birth-'73 PROG ROCK-NEW LP

Gravytrain* ‎– Second Birth

This is the first official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management, UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG. Album was originally released in 1973 on PYE records progressive imprint Dawn. As with all GRAVY TRAIN albums guitars are in the forefront with excellent flute, bass, keyboard and drum interplay. The music here is essentially heavy rock with strong prog leanings. The first two tracks "Morning coming" and "Peter" have a driving rhythm and powerful organ at their core. Bands such as Uriah Heep and Atomic Rooster come to mind when hearing the vocal harmonies and ambitious arrangements. This is delightful raunchy prog rock. The mood takes a sudden and surprising change for "September morning news", an acoustic ballad with echoes of US folk rock bands such as The Byrds and Crosby Stills and Nash. Some critic note that the strong points on this album are the laid back tracks like Tolpuddle Episode, September Morning News, Strength of a Dream and Fields and Factories. On "Motorway" we move towards the early blues of Jethro Tull, not just through the overt use of flute, but also in terms of the vocal style and instrumental arrangement. This song is an early environmental protest song, which also displays some of band leader Norman Barratt's Christian beliefs. The longest track on the album "Fields and factories" continues in a similar theme. At 8½ minutes, the track affords room for some saxplay by JD Hughes. "Strength of a dream" takes an unexpected deviation into light acoustic rock, with distorted vocal harmonies and a catchy beat. "Tolpuddle Episode" tells the tale of the martyrs who tried to set up the first trade union and were deported for their troubles. The story is told very literally, with further CSN harmonies on the choruses. The album closes with the seven minute title track, another heavy grinder which weaves it way through a complex arrangement. Really great stuff!

Album comes with insert including bandstory, lyrics, photos…Don`t miss this underrated but great album.

Gravytrain* ‎– Second Birth
Long Hair ‎– LHC – 252
Vinyl, LP, Album
Prog Rock
A1     Morning Coming     
A2     Peter     
A3     September Morning News     
A4     Motorway     
B1     Fields And Factories     
B2     Strength Of A Dream     
B3     Tolpuddle Episode     
B4     Second Birth     

    Composed By – Gravy Train
    Design – Paul Chave
    Producer – Jonathan Peel

With a double-sided sheet
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A): LHC252 A
    Matrix / Runout (Side B): LHC252 B
    Label Code: 11329
    Rights Society: GEMA
    Barcode: 4 035177 002522

highly collectable and legendary 1973 album by Gravy Train, “Second Birth”.

Formed in Lancashire in 1969, Gravy Train was fronted by guitarist and vocalist Norman Barratt, along with J.D. Hughes on keyboards, flute and saxophones, Les Williams on bass and Barry Davenport on drums. The band first came to public attention when they signed to Vertigo Records in 1970. Gravy Train recorded two classic Progressive Rock albums for the label before signing with Pye Records’ Progressive label, Dawn in 1973.

“Second Birth” was the band’s first album for Dawn Records, by which time Gravy Train had added guitarist Ross Caldwell to their ranks. Issued in 1973, the album was a fine collection of Progressive Rock music that took in influences from bands such as Jethro Tull, Roland Kirk et al.

A highly sought after artefact by vinyl collectors (with original LP copies changing hands for high sums).

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