Jan 28, 2009

QUICKSAND - HOME IS WHERE I BELONG (DAWN/PYE 1973) Japan mastering cardboard sleeve



Quicksand, was a Welsh outfit whose sole LP plays much better than many discs that were well received. Home Is Where I Belong consists of 9 quality plays with each track steeped in rich melody and harmonies. Although progressive, the album is not dominated by keyboards. In fact, the balanced inter-play between guitar and keyboards is one the LP's strongest points... discreet use of mellotron adds to the appeal. Sunlight Brings Shadows is representative.What really pushes Quicksand into the upper echelon are 3 things: (A) Fantastic songwriting (B) Strong, yet warm lead vocals (C) Well written introspective lyrics.
Each song tries something a little different, but there isn't a problem of the record being over eclectic. For the most part, this is very melodic and could be described as a cross between The Parlour Band and Help Yourself, the latter are a Welsh band, no surprise. "Hideaway My Song" and "Sunlight Brings Shadows" begin the album on an impressive note with subtle progressive moves in a melodic psych context. Both are driving and cosmic.
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Despite the late recording date, it sounds much earlier and is more likely to appeal to fans of harmony rich melodic psych than full blown progressive. The album is full of joy and high spirit, manifested in great, driving rhythms, powerful melodies and memorable choruses...
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8 comments:

Don said...

this japanese reissue really sounds great!
thank you very much.

mscmichael said...

It certainly does Don...

Anonymous said...

Hi
I like this cool psych prog with pastoral flavours ! Have you another record similar to it ?

sosgotcha

Anonymous said...

Good record. I met Robert Collins when he was a roadie for the Welsh band, Man. I think he later did sound for the Clash. Anthony Stone later played drums for Deke Leonard's Icebeg... btw Help Yourself were not English, not Welsh, based in London. They were part of the same scene as Man, so they are often mistaken for being Welsh. If you met them, you would not mistake them for Welsh. The five Helps albums are simply amazing. Richard Treece and Ken Whaley now play in a band called Green Ray. Malcolm Morley has been playing live again, and has two solo albums. All three also occasionally play with the US psych band, Donovan's Brain. Richard played with them a few years ago at the Seattle Terrastock. Ok boyo?

Mod lang said...

Hello Georgie,Me again,I'm like a bad penny i know.This is spooky i saw these comments about Quicksand,Man and Help Yourself so i couldn't just ignore the fact that I had uploaded 3 Help yourself albums to a forum only 2 days ago. so go get em people,Enjoy

BGO 2 on 1 (1st & 3rd)
http://rapidshare.com/files/201092405/HY_Shadow.rar

Help Yourself - No 5 1973

http://rapidshare.com/files/201113277/HY_5.rar Help Yourself 5

http://rapidshare.com/files/201327798/Help_Yourself_scans.rar

007 said...

http://rapidshare.com/files/201327798/Help_Yourself_scans.rar

Georgie Hirezola said...

a high quality rip & cover scans.
great sound!!thanks...

Anonymous said...

very fine band,nice songs...