For those of you who remember (I’ll leave out “the good old days” cliché) Hipgnosis (fabulous cover art) and the Charisma label (famous for many a progband or related) here’s a real lost gem: Capability Brown.
Now that intro really pinpointed my age, didn’t it....ahem...well time waits for no one! Capability B. goes under the moniker art rock (10cc,Charlie, City boy, A.C.T., Ambrosia) but this their second and last album Voice from 1973, released on Charisma and with a brilliant (as always) Hipgnosis cover, has a 20 min. epic track “Circumstances” that should please most prog freaks.
Never have I heard such elaborate and delicious vocal arrangements and the whole piece is just brimming with fancy changes and superb musical ideas. Imagine English folk blended with superb rock and then throw in some typically English pop tunes brilliantly played. I would go so far, as to say it’s a crime this fine music didn’t get the great attention it deserved, back then!
This track is worth the price of the album alone (to my knowledge this album hasn’t found way to CD) and in addition you get 4 fine rock pop tracks! So go roam the second hand shops, you might get lucky finding this classic piece of rock music! Oh, and while you’re at it, check for their first album From Scratch. It is also worth a spin or two.
Also, if you are into the above mentioned bands and style, 3 of the guys from Capability B. later created Krazy Kat with 2 albums to their name. More poppish but still worth a listen.
On a final note, why is it, that not one of the fine record labels or companies that specialize in re-releases, haven’t seen fit to re-surface Capability Brown?
May this Voice be heard!