Peggy's Leg

Grinilla

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Peggy's Leg's only album, Grinilla, heard by hardly anyone when it was issued in 1973, is a well-played but limp crossover between folk-rock, progressive rock, and late-hippie rock. Most of the six songs here are on the long side, a couple getting to the ten-minute mark, and these tend to be multisectioned works with tempo changes, kind of like a folkier Yes without a keyboard player or strong riffs. Unfortunately, the lyrics are often of the utopian, shallow sort that people who can't stand hippies love to poke fun at. It's not that the sentiments are objectionable; it's more that the way they're presented is naïve and somewhat artless. Apropos of nothing, the record closes with a faithfully unimaginative cover of Love Sculpture's arrangement of "Sabre Dance," which would have easily rated as the best (if most atypical) track of the album had it not been such an unnecessary close copy of the Love Sculpture version. The 2001 CD reissue on Kissing Spell adds an 11-minute, live hard rock instrumental bonus track that's not much of a bonus, with substandard sound and a far-too-long drum solo.