National Health - D.S. Al Coda

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Band/Record: National Health - D.S. Al Coda

Label/Matrix: US 1982 Europa JP 2008

Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX

Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Original US 1st press LP on the Europa label ...wow ..minty dream audio ...

~~ National Health were a really intense band performing music with the Canterbury 'Jazz-Prog' sound - indeed all participants of the band are master players on their respective instruments. Their last album is another Canterbury classic with their and is a tribute album to the phenomenal Keyboardist Alan Gowen, who died from Leukaemia in 1981.
 
The band members here, Dave Stewart (keys), Pip Pyle (drums), John Greaves (bass) and Phil Miller (guitars) are performing Alan's compositions which never made it to the final recording stage.

Along with a host of guests (mainly Canterbury oriented - Richard Sinclair, Elton Dean, Jimmy Hastings, Barbara Gaskin and Amanda Parsons) the pieces are performed superbly, all incorporating lots of fun, complex, serious and beautiful tones. Elton Dean's saxello performance is absolutely blowing on 'Portrait of a Shrinking Man' and 'I Feel a Night Coming On', and throughout the 2 part epic of 'Flanagan's People/Toad of Toad Hall' we are treated to Jimmy Hastings' most beautiful flute playing, and Pyle and Stewart put in some really *wild* playing (oh, the synth playing.....), with Greaves complimenting the arrangement no-end with his bass playing and Miller wrenching out some startling sounds from his guitar..

€28,00