Prayer For The Dying
Quatermass II features four of the finest British players and songwriters in the UK today.
Mick Underwood (drums) and Nick Simper (bass) have long-standing careers in rock music having been founder members of Gillan and Deep Purple respectively. The other two members, Bart Foley (vocals, guitar) who has worked with Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) and Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and Gary Davis (guitar) complete an impressive line-up and they are all joined by ace keyboard player Don Airey (Rainbow, Brian May).
Back in the early 1970s the original Quatermass was a archtypal “Progressive” rock band featuring Underwood on drums and John Gustafson (who contributes two tracks to “Long Road”) on bass. Nick Simper was in the original line-up of Deep Purple at the time of the highly successful single “Hush”. Following Purple, Simper fromed Warhorse.
The idea behind Quatermass II is to write and perform music in a modern 90s idiom, whilst maintaining the original (70s) group’s high standards in songwriting and playing. In 1997 the album “Long Road” was released in Japan and Europe. The Angel Air release includes specially commissioned photos, liner notes and a bonus track.
...filled with the kind of modern prog frills, thrills and riffs which one would expect.
Martin Hudson, "Wondrous Stories"
...The songs on "Long Road" are perfect in every conceivable way, from their loving construction straight on through to the final studio performances...This is a very upbeat album and, dare I say, danceable! It is melody and rhythm in complete synchronicity...
There is a power here that is uncontrived and intangible and no other song on this record is a better example than, "River"...beautiful, powerful and moving...grab this disc...
"On The Record", Music America Magazine
Recorded in 1997 this is heavy metal of the melodic variety perhaps for the specialist of metal Quartermass II may sound like many others bits of Deep Purple, Cold Chisel, Zed, Export, Asia, Choirboys, Ian Gillan Band, etc screaming vocals unnerving but nevertheless for the most part a pleasurable listen... Standout tracks are 'Wild Wedding' reminds of Dave Edmunds, 'Long Road' brilliant the way it splutters into life plus scinterlating vocal & fretboard meanderings, 'Suicide Blonde' AOR with plenty of emotion, 'Daylight Robbery' vocalist Foley sounding so much like Ian Gillan. All songs written by the band except two tracks from John Gustafson (founder member of Quartermass as well as member of Ian Gillan Band) and one from Bernie Torme (Mick Underwood's formor mate from Gillan).
One may snicker at this rather dated concept, but Quatermass 11 does it so well, one must look beyond and focus on the music itself, which is quite good considering. With up-front production, crunchy guitars, angelic, soaring vocals and strong performances from all members, Long Road will please those who fondly remember those late-seventies arena rock bands.
The River Reporter (USA), April 1999
...their creation has been repackaged with a 12-page booklet replete with decent photos and info... A fairly decent slice of melodic hard rock...
Tim Jones, Record Collector (May 1999)
This is an absolute cracker of an album and should ensure that Quatermass II' makes more of an impact than the original band...
Terry Craven, Wondrous Stories (May 1999)
Some Angel Air releases are more important historically than they are musically but, in this case, the album is a damn fine listen...One to savour.
Rock 'n' Reel, Autumn 1999
This is somewhat a legendary band, as the English band QUARTERMASS was formed in 1969 and had their fifteen minutes of fame during the early 1970s with a few Progressive Rock albums (a la PROCOL HARUM)...
‘Long road’ is a good Rock album that has elements of AOR, Classic Rock and Boogie Rock mixed into one melting pot. Sometimes it even reminds me of URIAH HEEP, yet a bit less rockier here and there, and maybe a comparison to the better stuff of BLUE OYSTER CULT (“Don’t fear the reaper” type of songs) or 38 SPECIAL is also notable. In other words, this is not a Hard rock album, but for the AOR fans it might be interesting to check out, because the first couple of songs are actually pure 80s type of AOR tunes such as “Prayer for the dying”, “Good day to die” and “Suicide blonde”, songs with good vocals, hooks, catchy choruses and great guitarsolos, all very melodic and even SURVIVORish! (8.5/10)
Strutter magazine (August 2003)
Oh yes, I love albums like this. Cult UK rockers Quatermass return with a brand new baby and new line up. Well if the truth be known "Long Road" was originally released via Thunderstone records in 1997, but somehow came and went with out anyone even noticing that it had been released. Thankfully this re-release proves that we all passed by on a superb release, and I'm so glad it's been reissued because "Long Road" is pure melodic rock and AOR.
Quatermass II is a splendid re-issue, and it's going to be in my top ten albums of the year list for sure. I really do hope they get to make another album. Now, I wonder did the first Quatermass album get reissued yet? Highly recommended. 85/100
Nicky Baldrian, Metal Rock News (September 2003)