Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By (1970) Philips/6369 904 - DE Pressing - LP In 24bit/96kHz

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Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By (1970) Philips/6369 904 - DE Pressing - LP In 24bit/96kHz

Bird - As Your Mind Flies By
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Label: Philips/6369 904| Release: 1970 | 2nd Pressing | Genre: Progressive-Rock
Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By (1970) Philips/6369 904 - DE Pressing - LP In 24bit/96kHz

Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By (1970) Philips/6369 904 - DE Pressing - LP In 24bit/96kHz

A1 What You Want To Know
A2 Down On The Floor
A3 Hammerhead
A4 I'm Thinking

B1 Flight Part 1 : As Your Mind Flies By
B2 Flight Part 2 : Vacuum
B3 Flight Parts 3+4 : New York + Central Park (Medley)

Recorded At – I.B.C. Studios
Printed By – Carl v. d. Linnepe
Choir – Emergency Choir
Drums, Vocals – Mark Ashton
Electric Piano, Keyboards [Assorted] – David Kaffinetti*
Engineer – Brian Stott*
Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar – Steve Gould
Leader [Choir] – Harry Barnes
Organ, Keyboards [Assorted] – Graham Field
Photography By – Roger Brown (5)
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Dave Kaffinetti, Graham Field, Mark Ashton, Stephan Gould*
Sleeve, Design – John Pasche
Second German release comes in a gatefold sleeve, incl. vinyl with dark blue Philips label design.

Initially released in the same cover, but with UK Charisma vinyl.

Many thanks to IBC Studios.

A Charisma Production

Printed in Germany by Carl v. d. Linnepe, Lüdenscheid

At the labels the single musicians are credited for writting, arrangement and production, while the inside cover mentions just the band.

Time at B1d is for B1c & B1d
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Rights Society: GEMA
Matrix / Runout (A stamped): 10 AA6369904 1Y 320
Matrix / Runout (B stamped): 10 AA63 69904 2Y//2 320

Rare Bird - As Your Mind Flies By (1970) Philips/6369 904 - DE Pressing - LP In 24bit/96kHz

Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz New!
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: EX+
This LP: From my personal collection.
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

A Mini-masterpiece!
Rare Bird's fab four Graham Field, Dave Kaffinetti, Steve Gould and Mark Ashton had created their own distinct sound using keyboards, bass and drums but without, unusually for the time, electric guitars. "As Your Mind Flies By" found them at the peak of their creative powers, especially on the mini-masterpiece "Flight", a four part Suite utilising their keyboard wizardry to the full. This Suite covering the whole of side 2 is a true Prog classic, unfortunately after this album the band underwent personnel changes and a change in musical direction also saw they were never to recover their previous creative form in Prog music.

The first track on side one of the LP "What You Want to Know" is a rather poppy song and was projected as a 45rpm single by Charisma ("Hammerhead" was on the 'B' side of the single), a short organ sequence introduces this piece, the song is followed by the sound of the Harpsichord on "Down on the Floor" , the song is short but develops into a rather grand Baroque-style piece. The next song "Hammerhead" is a battle hymn dominated by a heavy rock style riff alternating with the chorus , building into a crescendo and tailing off to the sound of a pensive solo organ. "I'm Thinking" begins like an overture to a mini-opera, a optimistic song about the good times to come after a broken relationship - "wow".

The whole side 2 of the album is taken up with the multi-influenced mini-masterpiece "Flight", the band's crowning glory, a four part Suite; Part 1 "As Your Mind Flies By", Part 2 "Vacuum", Part 3 "New Yorker" and Part 4 "Central Park". The first part takes your mind on a trip across the skies, a dramatic galloping introduction interspersed with classical keyboard phrases acting as an overture to the whole piece, "flowing rivers, craggy mountain sides" "now's the time to free your mind", complete with a choir of backing vocals - an epic journey indeed. The next stage, Part 2 of the journey finds us in a dream-like "Vacuum" - an extremely atmospheric piece using technical and stereo recording techniques to the full, with swirling keyboard effects circling across the speakers - play loud! A complete change in mood finds us in New York for "New Yorker", a staccato keyboard and American west-side vocal builds into a grand Bernstein/Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - style piece segueing into Part 4 when we are in "Central Park" - with "an evil little man with a gun in his hand", "an hour after dark" - he's the "head park shark"…!

A truly fabulous album somewhat underrated in its day but very influential in Prog, the sumptuous keyboard effects, the New York Bernstein-influenced theme predating a more well known work by four years. An essential masterpiece of Progressive music!
Review by mystic fred, progarchives.com
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