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Ford Theatre - Trilogy For The Masses (1968) [Remastered] (2005)

Progressive Rock | Author: sirk | 11-11-2018, 18:12
Ford Theatre - Trilogy For The Masses (1968) [Remastered] (2005)Artist: Ford Theatre
Title Of Album: Trilogy For The Masses
Year Of Release: 1968/2005
Label (Catalog#) :Lake Erie Records [LER 43004]
Country:: USA
Genre: Proto-Prog, Psychedelic Rock
Quality: FLAC (tracks +cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 00:37:30
Full Size: 248mb(+3%)

Review by Richie Unterberger
Ford Theatre was typical of the sound of Boston psychedelic rock circa 1968: dark, foreboding, somber songs, sometimes quite long, with sub-California acid rock guitar, and more weight on the organ than many bands of the period carried. Certainly the instrumental break on the 14-minute "Wake Up in the Morning" owes a lot to Doors songs like "Light My Fire." The gothic, classically influenced "Theme for the Masses" is reprised a couple of times after it opens the album, giving the record a thematic aura that really isn't borne out by the contents. It's easy to imagine audiences grooving out to the lengthy breaks on "101 Harrison Street (Who You Belong To)" on those nights when there weren't any major headliners passing through town, settling for a reasonable approximation of psychedelic rock heavyweights. "Back to Philadelphia" takes a funkier, more straight-ahead approach, though the lyrics maintain a sense of displacement and disillusionment that permeates much of the music and lyrics. "Postlude Looking Back" closes the album on a gentler, almost countrified note, though again with the sort of muted gloom characteristic of the rest of the material. On the whole, not a bad acquisition for the insatiable psychedelic collector looking for something typical of the era that hasn't been reissued on CD, though it's not that distinctive in approach or quality.

Ford Theatre - Trilogy For The Masses (1968) [Remastered] (2005)


Tracks:
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1. Theme For The Masses Part 1 - 2:52
2. 101 Harrison Street / Exerpt From The Theme - 10:29
3. Back To Philadelphia / The Race Part 1 - 4:39
4. The Race Part 2 / From A Back Door Window / Theme For The Masses Part 2 - 17:18
5. Postlude : Looking Back - 2:10

Personnel:
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Harry Palmer - Guitar
Jimmy Altieri - Bass, Vocals
Joey Scott - Lead Vocals
John Mazzarelli - Keyboards, Vocals
Robert Tamagni - Drums, Vocals
Arthur "Butch" Webster - Lead Guitar

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