Category Archives: DAVE GREENSLADE
Cactus Choir may not be a landmark album, but it’s sad this Greenslade relic has been unavailable since its original release – it contains some interesting ideas, and great playing.
Classic Rock Prog magazine (January 2015)
Cactus Choir still sounds great. Smooth flowing melodies, dreamy vocals, precise arrangements…all of the pieces fit together here exactly as they should. This release features all seven tracks that were on the original album plus the bonus track “Gangsters” which was recorded for the BBC TV series of the same name and features Chris Farlowe on vocals. Recommended for Greenslade fans as well as anyone else who appreciates great progressive rock. Top pick.
babysue (December 2014)
Really a symphonic prog record, a branch of the genre that, by 1976, was creaking under its own weight – this album is a highlight of its type and further proof of Greenslade’s unique sonic vision; tracks such as opener ‘Pedro’s Party’ and ‘Forever and Ever’ retain a continuity with the instrumental meanderings of Greenslade’s eponymous band.
Record Collector Magazine (December 2014)
I found much to enjoy here: Pedro’s Party’s uplifting synth lead backed by lots of busy percussion, the broad array of keyboard sounds on the lively ‘Swings & Roundabouts’, the ponderous ‘Forever & Ever’ which utilises the gloriously rich sound of the mellotron for an exquisite background wash, the brisk up-and-at-’em attack of ‘Country Dance’, and the grand finale of ‘Finale’ which twists and turns through many settings and also features a full orchestra…it’s a very good CD and I’m delighted to be able to fill a digital hole in my Greenslade collection.
Pipeline Magazine (November 2014)
As always, Angel Air has done a great job with this reissue of a long overlooked album in the discography of keyboard legend Dave Greenslade. Those into ’70s keyboard dominated prog who didn’t investigate this one after the breakup of the Greenslade band should definitely take advantage and do so now.
Sea Of Tranquility (October 2014)
…the major surprise comes just when the maestro makes his entry with ‘Routes’ dissolving his piano jive in a big band sound – a one-man orchestra for there’s no other players on the record – and then goes for the synth-led fusion, all filled with emotion.
DME Music Site (September 2011)
With elements of classical, jazz, prog rock and other musical influences in the mix, it rewards repeated listening. ‘Routes/Roots’ has echoes of both his own eponymous band and of Colosseum.
The Beat (September 2011)
…there are enough excellent moments, not least on the delicious ‘Conversations’, to keep fans happy.
Classic Rock Society (November/December 2011)
…this is very plainly a record made for the love of music alone. An exercise in deft tinkling of the ivories that covers a wide range of musical styles from robust pseudo-classical through to light jazz and on to airy instrumental pop-rock, there is plenty here that reaffirms Greenslade’s compositional and technical abilities.
Classic Rock Magazine (October 2011)
…it should certainly appeal to anyone who has ever been captivated by Dave’s mildly cerebral brand of music-making in the past.
Kevin Bryan, Stirling Advertiser (October 2011)
…as second keyboard player and sometimes vocalist Dave Lawson adds even more grandeur to proceedings. Vocally Lawson is far more assured on this second recording and that maturity also become more obvious throughout the whole band when they perform ‘Sundance’.
Fireworks magazine (November/December 2011)
Keyboard king Dave takes us on a musical journey that reflects his career in jazz influenced progressive rock.