All Artists:Egg Title:Egg Members Wishing: 7 Total Copies: 0 Label:Esoteric Original Release Date: 1/1/2008 Re-Release Date: 12/21/2007 Album Type: Import Genres:Pop, Rock Styles:Progressive, Progressive Rock Number of Discs: 1 SwapaCD Credits: 1
Egg's self titled essential from 1970 (Progrock)
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Buy this CD! One of the all time best albums in the world.Do not but this if you want something to dance to.The off-beat rythums and melodies of Dave Stewart(later to form Hatfield & the North and National Health along with so many other projects!)on various keyboards, of course,Hugo-Montgomery Cambell on bass and vocal and Clive Brooks(later to join the Groundhogs)on drums, it's a progrock essential! BUY THIS CD!! I can't stress it enough!:)"
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you are into organ or if you want a peice of interesting history buy this album. One might find the vocals the downside of this project. Not on the top of the list of Canturbury albums but note worthy for it's historical value and having Dave Stewart on Keyboards. The most Progressive track being "Symphony No. 2", which clocks in at 22:40. Dave's use of the "Tone Generator" is spectacular. Note: there are only Drums, Bass, Organ, Tone Generator and Vocals on this album."
Ramsay Macinnes | Cherry Valley, Ma United States | 04/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just 3 guys--producing more music together with a limited amount of musical equipment than most music bands of their time (early 70's) do, or anytime before or after. Drums, bass, RAUNCH organ (ironically, Billy Joel produced the same type of sound later on, coupling a keyboard to an amplifier, on a little-known side project), tone generator (YEEEEEEHAAAAH!!!), a little piano, and vocals. Suffice to say it SUFFICES...The vocal songs, "Growing My Hair", "Absorbed", "McGillicuddy", cross between hard rock, soft jazz, soft rock, and hard jazz...Egg makes that possible. The melodies are forever in your head, the beats are addictive. The version of the Bach piece gives it...LIFE. The whole experience, including the liner notes (on my LP sleeve) is an unpretentious lesson in music theory as it was meant to be.
But, the REAL highlight is the 4-section 20-minute Egg Symphony which comes next. The first section, a 5-minute workout in organ, bass, & cymbals, which interpolates Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" along the way, causes the listener to suppose "If I could PLAY like that!" The second, slower, longer movement could be something out of the "Blair Witch Project" & "Night of the Living Dead" SIMULTANEOUSLY, & features riffs from the Spring Round Dinosaur Walk from Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring." The 3rd section...well, I'm reminded that I'm glad to be alive. A 5 1/2-minute ASSAULLLLTTT on the tone generator (yes, a planet-earth device CAN produce all those different sounds) bridged by an organ-ic hymn accompanied in the background by a bass-loop rumbling like thunder. The final section returns to a jazz structure with an irreverent melody punctuated by drum/bass features.
Deram knew its stuff back in the day. This album needs to be blended, over easy..."
This Egg neither fries nor boils over.
Robert Cossaboon | The happy land of Walworth, NY | 03/14/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although I love the genre, progressive rock, some of it has a problem with its humanity, or lack of. Rock and roll has first and formost always been about the human. Like the Olympics, it is an affirmation of us and what we are capable of, both good and bad. Egg, unfortunately forgot this. They are a technically proficient band; they weave oodles of complex rhythmns around themselves ala Gentle Giant, and get so caught up in their own musical cleverness that their final product resonates like a piece of sheet iron: dull and very cold.
This is of course a keyboard album. If you're the kind of person who gets migranes once the Hammond kicks in, you better reach for the Gong album instead. The vocalist is a fair clone of Jack Bruce of Cream fame, but whereas Jack had a bewitching alto who was able to shift to a subtle tenor at an eyeblink, this singer always seems caught somewhere in the middle.
Highlights of Egg's debut album include, "While Growing My Hair" which actually kicks like a rock song; "I will be absorbed", and "They laughed when I sat down at the piano". The fugues and symphonies are out to lunch.
It is interesting to note that this album (I believe) came out the same year as the Yes Album, Van Der Graff Generator's "H is to He" and Genesis "Nursery Crime". King Crimson had already released their debut and followup albums, and the star of Caravan was ascending.
Egg was not the worst of prog. bands, but considering their talent, they could have accomplished so much more."