Frijid Pink – Earth Omen (1972) (@256)
16 Dec 2009
(Review from progarchives.com)
For their third album, the band filled the void of their departed two members with Jon Wearing and Craig Webb. The new Frijid Pink picked up a more progressive rock sound with added psychedelia to top the album.
The first song, Miss Evil, starts with hammond organ screaming and some wah-wah guitar. The song returns to their blues-rock origins during the verses, but the instrumental interlude really stands out, with excellent organ and bass playing. The second song is a real highlight. Sailor, with a somber mood, has great guitar and piano riff, joined by subtle organ in the chorus. The wah-wah guitar solo is very good also. The vocal melody and harmonies are great.
The next song, Earth Omen, is keyboard driven, with a good piano riff and organ touches to enrich the song. The chorus has some epic qualities, with great singing and guitar. The song changes completely for the second round of verses, with powerful drumming and heavy guitar riff. The lyrics are strong about environmental issues. Lazy day is just a beautiful ballad, with good mandolin work, great bass arrangements and subtle keyboards.
Train Woman is a return to the blues-rock, but the arrangements are very good and the organ always dominant. The rhythm section is very interesting and the different guitar insertions give a good flavor to the song. Eternal Dream is a great song, with a slow pace and a somber mood, great piano riff, beautiful bells and great drumming. The vocal melody is very beautiful.
New Horizon is the next song, a psychedelic tinged blues rock, with exciting jazzy piano riff and rhythm section. The instrumental interlude is a bit jazzier and the guitar solo is nice. Rainbow Rider is another upbeat psych blues rock song, with good bass lines, piano and wah-wah guitar. The last song, Mr. Blood, is a hard rock song, with strong organ and guitar riff a la Uriah Heep and Deep Purple. The instrumental interlude is pure brilliance, a crescendo with insane bass, millitary drums and piano, building tension. The crescendo breaks into superb organ and guitar solos.
While still rooted in blues rock and psychedelia, Earth Omen takes Frijid Pink level to another realm, blending some heavy progressive and jazz to their traditional sound.
- Richard Stevers / drums
- Tom Harris / bass
- Larry Zelanka / keyboards
- Jon Wearing / vocals
- Craig Webb / guitars
01. Miss Evil – 6:24
02. Sailor – 4:21
03. Earth Omen – 3:32
04. Lazy Day – 4:38
05. Train Woman – 3:59
06. Eternal Dream – 4:18
07. New Horizon – 4:20
08. Rainbow Rider – 2:57
09. Mr. Blood – 4:39
10. Lazy Day (Bonus Single) – 3:07
11. Go Now (Bonus Single) – 2:57
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