Boanerges (Grapevine GRV 110) 1977 UK *
Superb Dutch six-man progressive outfit that couples a hard-rock approach with classical flute accompaniment. The end result is a very bluesy sound not unlike early Jethro Tull recordings such as This Was and Stand Up. Only seven tracks, most being fairly long. ‘70s FM prog buffs will not be disappointed as they experience the slow burn of ‘Keep Quiet’ and ‘Little Words’, or the grungy r&r boogie of ‘All The Way From Fryslan’, all with loud potent electric guitar leads. ‘Quality Of Life’ and ‘Laughing’ both supply whimsical upbeat moments, the latter making use of ukulele, clarinet, and fuzz bass. ‘Dank U’, the only non-English song, provides a quieter symphonic mood before closing with a heavy electric guitar climax. Lively skillful flute work everywhere you turn, plus a few saxophone appearances, all within the prog/classic-rock context. Also nice dreamy background synthesizer adding depth to the sound. Deserves the same recognition as heavyweights like Agape and The Exkursions. Produced by Pete Yates-Round of Parchment and released on the British Grapevine label. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
This one was on the Heavenly Grooves blog.
01. Little Words
03. All The Way From Fryslan
05. Keep Quiet
06. Quality Of Life
07. Dank U (Thank You)