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Ballad of a Peaceful Man
Gravy Train
Ballad of a Peaceful Man
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #1

German reissue of 1971 album originally issued on Vertigo. Repertoire.


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All Artists: Gravy Train
Title: Ballad of a Peaceful Man
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Repertoire
Original Release Date: 1/1/2005
Re-Release Date: 11/13/2002
Album Type: Import
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 766488667127


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German reissue of 1971 album originally issued on Vertigo. Repertoire.

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A much mellower second album
BENJAMIN MILER | Veneta, Oregon | 03/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Gravy Train is never what you call the most progressive of bands out there, although they're often regarded as one of the finest acts on the Vertigo label. Their debut is a quite raw and aggressive breed of hard rock with psychedelic and prog rock soundling like Black Sabbath meets Jethro Tull. For progressive rock fans, many look to their 1971 followup, (A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man, their last for Vertigo (they released two more albums on the Dawn label, Second Birth in 1973 and Staircase to the Day in 1974). Much of the hard rock elements of their debut had been toned down considerably in place of more atmospheric ballads dominated by strings, with symphonic overtones. J.D. Hughes still handles flute and sax, but he started including keyboards, like harpsichord and even a little Mellotron. Guitarist Norman Barratt, who also handles lead vocals is much more dominate than their debut, and I have to warn you his raspy vocals really are an acquired taste.

"Alone in Georgia" is the opening piece, a pop-oriented number with gospel and Southern rock overtones. This piece is really out of place compared to the rest of the album, it sounded like their misguided attempt at scoring a hit (it was released as a single), so it's a real shocker when the next piece comes next, the title track. It features some really stunning flute work and strings. "Jule's Delight" is another atmospheric ballad, while "Messenger" has a more symphonic feel complete with Mellotron. "Can Anybody Hear Me" and "Won't Talk About It" harkens back to the harder rock sound more typical of their debut. "Home Again" shows some psychedelic overtones, and a nice way to close the album.

Really, when it comes for early, Vertigo-era Gravy Train, it all comes to taste, hard rock fans are obviously advised to check out their debut, prog rock fans should go to (A Ballad Of) A Peaceful Man. Aside from "Alone in Georgia", it's truly a great album to have."
A rare gem
Dr. G. B. Dennill | Azania | 11/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This band and this album were not even reviewed in the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide! What a shameful omission. The Repertoire re-release is exquisitely remastered. The album has stood the test of time - an indictment of their relative obscurity. I don't find 'Alone in Georgia' odd at all, and it doesn't seem to me to be an attempt at a hit song. It is simply gorgeous, and on this disc you get another bonus version of this wonderful song. I'd say this is a must have for anyone into 60s-70s rock music. Try it, you'll certainly like it."
Giles Hamilton | London | 02/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Quintessential prog rock from the veritable Vertigo Spiral label. It is surprising that this band achieved such little success when lesser stable-mate luminaries such as Uriah heep and Juicy Lucy forged successful careers. My mint condition original now changes hands at £175. The band's neo-classical pretensions were typical of other groups on Vertigo such as Gracious, Beggar's opera and Cressida, all of whom are worth checking out."