Kayak - Kayak (UK)

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Band/Record: Kayak - Kayak

Label/Matrix: UK 1974 Harvest SHSP 4036

Condition Record/Sleeve: EX/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Original UK 1st press LP on the Harvest label ... EX TOP copy ... VERY RARE ..

~~~The second Kayak-album (also called "His Master's Noise" and "Alibi") is, for sure, their most proggy/symphonic album and can compete with the other Dutch giant's Earth & Fire "Song Of The Marching Children" album, but also "The Yes Album" and "Nursery Cryme" from Yes and Genesis.

A big Yes-influence is featured here, just like on the first album "See See The Sun". But the songs on "Kayak II" are sounding more complete, balanced and consistent. Although the whole album is a bit shorter, there are no weak tracks on it. "Wintertime" was a hit in The Netherlands and still remains a very popular song in the "Golden Oldies- category". It's a pop-song featuring accordeon and mellotron, and the melody is very good. The opener "Alibi" is Yes-que power. Screaming guitar-themes and fat piano chords are moving forward the unusual vocals of Max Werner.

Other highlights are "Mountain Too Rough" (with an absolutely brilliant middle-part, featuring dramatic piano, and mellotron interaction) and "They Get To Know Me" (more than 9 minutes and another interaction between guitar and moog- synthesizer). "Serenades" and "Woe And Alas" are fan-favorites and shorter, more accessible songs.

The closing of this suberb album is a combination of two pieces: "Mireille" (written by drummer/composer) Pim Koopman and the very progressive uneven "Trust In The Machine" that closes with a dramatic, scary mellotron-march that reminds of the early King Crimson songs.

€24,00