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Bob P. (Desorow) from BETHEL PARK, PA
Reviewed on 3/15/2007...
The Flock was unique
caioreach | 10/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I picked this up on vinyl at a used record store back in the mid-70's and was blown away by the unique approach to their music via Jerry Goodman on violin. I never cared much for the "horn bands" of the early 70's, like Chicago or Blood, Sweat & Tears. However, the Flock was different and had a edge to them that was quite appealing. Unfortunately, the Flock got little commercial exposure and usually played alot of the festivals going on at the time. The Flock was more appreciated by other musicians than by the average listener. The funny thing is when people saw them live, they usally liked them. It goes to show you success is not just measured by talent or the Flock would have been at the top of the ladder. The Flock's style is a mixture of Rock, Jazz, Classical & Folk that creates a sound that is raw and polished at the same time. The Flock is one of the best bands that never really "made it"."
The Flock is a Treasure
Tom Taylor | Mechanicsburg, PA, USA | 10/21/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We couldn't make it to Woodstock that summer but did get to Denver for the Mile-High 3-Day festival. Main attraction -- Frank Zappa and the Mothers, but 3 Dog Night was popular then, too, (remember?), so it was quite a mix of music. Flock was one of the intro acts. They pretty much played this first album all the way through. We were instant fans. Next day we were in the big mall each buying a copy of the Flock LP, on the Columbia label, to take back to Oklahoma. I've included cuts from this album, over the years, on countless cassette anthologies. I can't hear Introduction too many times. Being a big Kinks fan from way back I try to follow all covers of their music. While we were all tuning our way-too-expensive tone arms to track the high notes on BS&T albums in 1970 I even got some of the purists to acknowledge The Flock first release. Sure, they griped about the bass being too shallow but it was on the Columbia label (though not MasterWorks), so they indulged me, and appreciated the results. Yesterday, driving home in bad Buffalo traffic I found myself laughing openly at the pleasure this music provides. The artistry is undeniable. The pretty girl in the car next to me at the light got a giggle, I'm sure. I've got the BOSE speakers cranking out "... the after-image, of mental scrimmage...splashing oceans with your hands..." and I'm laughing, too!. Amazing arrangement, incredible music, and these 60's lyrics crooned to my car system in a beautiful singing voice. A delight and a treasure. I tried to enjoy Dinosaur Swamps as much but never made it. Still have it, though, and listen from time to time. The Flock CD was a Christmas gift to a close friend last year, and much appreciated. I'm ordering a couple more this season for the same purpose. (It has the same bleed-throughs that we all remember from the vinyl copy -- same way we remember them on the first two Zepplin albums.) You can't go wrong with this one. I would, though, be interested to understand the Hornschmyer connection? Does anyone know what this means?"