Crimson Bridge (Myrrh MST 6503) 1972
Perhaps the most creative of the early Myrrh releases is this progressive brass-rock endeavor, or as the back cover describes it, a “rock-jazz-Latin-progressive-blues-acid-folk” sound. Several sections feature tempo changer-ups and Chicago/Blood Sweat & Tears-like structures, soulful male lead vocalists alternating with female lead singers and bgvs. Musical passages may include dynamic combination’s of Power horns, propulsive bass lines, rocking electric guitar leads, squealing trumpet solos, vibrant Latin percussion and funky rhythm guitar. The highlight of the album would probably have to be ‘First Suite’, a superb multi-textured twenty-minute artful piece in three movements that takes up the whole of side two (some surging organ and heavy guitar action in there). More high powered grooves can be found energizing titles like ‘Better Times’, ‘Comin’ and ‘Birthright’. ‘Easy Ways’ and ‘He’s Alive’ show the group equally effective in creating softer ballad moods. Get your groove on with The Crimson Bridge! (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).
01. Better Times
02. Easy Ways
04. He’s Alive
06. First Suite-Searching In Reality
07. First Suite-Experience
08. First Suite-The Beginning Of Joy