1. Pedro’s Party
GREENSLADE had split up in 1975 but DAVE GREENSLADE had already written in effect a new album of music and he was ready to make another album.
Assembling a cast of stellar musicians he recorded himself “Cactus Choir” which was released in 1976 to worldwide critical acclaim. Long out of print on vinyl this is the first CD release of the much sought after album.
Having written in 1974 the theme for a one off programme “Gangsters” Dave wrote the lyrics in 1976 for the theme tune for “Gangsters” BBC TV series and he got CHRIS FARLOWE to sing it which is included as a bonus track.
Chris Farlowe of course is lead singer with COLOSSEUM with who Dave is currently on tour.
DAVE GREENSLADE, TONY REEVES, SIMON PHILLIPS, STEVE GOULD, DAVE MARKEE, MICK GRABHAM, JOHN PERRY, BILL JACKMAN
While there's a hint of underlying hiss in the mix, the sound quality is nonetheless very good, so each instrument can be heard clearly. The drums and bass sound fantastic here making this a worthy CD release indeed. The CD booklet contains the album art in full, although rather small, along with an essay and album credits. I felt that the quotes from Greenslade in the essay could have been kept a bit more concise for readability, but it's all still interesting. It seems that Dave Greenslade's solo career is ripe for a re-appraisal!
The Progressive Aspect (September 2016)
Here's an advent of heavenly choir, a natural progression from 'Valentyne Suite,' a choir whose openness Dave Greenslade has never returned to, so it remains a glorious reminder of his most fantastic era. ****1/3
DMME.net (February 2015)
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)