Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
'HQ' features Roy's band Trigger, with Harper again aided by David Bedford's orchestral arrangements, plus the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on 'When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease'. Chris Spedding, Bill Bruford, Dave Gilm... more »
'HQ' features Roy's band Trigger, with Harper again aided by David Bedford's orchestral arrangements, plus the Grimethorpe Colliery Band on 'When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease'. Chris Spedding, Bill Bruford, Dave Gilmour and John Paul Jones are just a few more names also involved in the making of this album.
Deserves to be better known
Jon A. Pastor | Wynnewood, PA USA | 08/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will beg your indulgence while I tell a short story, but you will be rewarded with a bit of Roy Harper trivia that is evidently not well-known.
I have loved this album since I bought it in 1975. Since it's on vinyl and I don't spend much time in the room where the turntable lives, I don't listen to it very often, but every once in a while I get a craving for "The Game" or "The Spirit Lives".
I've been trying to find the CD for years, and have been unable to -- for the simple reason that I've been searching based on the name of the LP, which was *not* "HQ" -- it was "WHEN AN OLD CRICKETER LEAVES THE CREASE" (in caps on the jacket, in an "antique" typeface) The front of the album jacket is mostly occupied by an antiqued photo of someone I assume is Roy himself in cricket gear from the waist down, barechested, leaving what I assume must be the crease (I'm not a cricketer); on the back of the jacket are pictures of a ball, a bat, a wicket, and a panoramic shot of what I assume is a famous cricket stadium, as well as a list of 47 "Laws of Cricket". The label on the record itself identifies it as EMI/Chysalis CHR 1105, 1975.
The name "HQ" had popped up before when I searched, but I never paid any attention to it. Today, the light bulb came on.
Now -- why Roy Harper is not better known is a mystery to me. On the strength of this one album, he should have become a household word. Well, perhaps not a household word, but this is intelligent, articulate rock that is musically inventive -- and, dammit, he writes some catchy tunes that should've gotten people bopping whether or not they paid attention to the poetry, the vocal gymnastics, and the instrumental virtuosity.
If you have never heard this album, try to find a copy -- or I think I've seen MP3s advertised, download one and listen to it. Getting the album itself might be tricky: I ended up ordering a copy from England (I'm in the US) for 16 pounds, including shipping; the used copies on Amazon are around $50 US.
The best thing that could happen for this record, and for Roy Harper, is to have one of his songs used in a TV commercial; anyone out there who works for an ad agency, consider "Grownups Are Just Silly Children"..."
Not that I'd be missing playing Goya . . .
Elliot Knapp | Seattle, Washington United States | 11/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HQ finds Roy in 1975 as part of a rock quartet, Trigger. The album opens with The Game, one of Harper's most compelling long songs--it's a rocker with a smart lyric and includes David Gilmour and John Paul Jones. The next 2 tracks are solid rockers, "Spirit" is an anti-religion song, and "Grown ups" is a great 50's style boogie displaying Roy's playful wit. "Referendum" has some sweet guitar from Spedding and switches between acoustic and electric. "Forget Me Not" is the first acoustic song on the album and is a beautiful love song. "Hallucinating Light" is beautiful and finely crafted, and the album is superbly topped off with "Cricketer," an emotional and lovely take on aging and the proud memories of a life. The bonus tracks are good, but not as essential as the original album songs. Throughout, Roy's voice is top-notch. The lyrics are some of his finest, and his band is tight and rocking. I recommend this gem to anyone who likes classic rock, and especially to fans of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Dylan's folk-rock. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
Thanx and a 'tip o' the hat'!
D. Hartley | Seattle, WA USA | 08/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are still legions of Zeppelin fans out there who hum along with "Hats Off To Roy Harper", blissfully oblivous that the song is a heartfelt tribute to a real person! Despite that immortalised plug from pal Jimmy Page, Harper remains a fairly obscure "musician's musician". "HQ" represents Roy Harper at his best, and stands as one of the finest rock albums of the 1970's. The centerpiece is the ambitious 17-minute suite "The Game",the only song that can boast more verses than "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald"! Harper has a Dream Team of musicians- Chris Spedding and Dave Gilmour on guitars, John Paul Jones on bass and Yes drummer Bill Bruford("Pink Zeppelin"?). Excellent and thoughtful songwriting abounds, especially the haunting, bittersweet "When An Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease", which always makes me tear up (and I know absolutely nothing about cricket!). A classic."