Gygafo

Legend of the Kingfishers

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Gygafo's early-'70s album only made it to the acetate stage at the time, though it was eventually resuscitated for CD release in the early '90s. Though it's competent British progressive rock, and adequately recorded, there's nothing about the band that demanded a wide audience or a place of its own in the art rock pantheon. It's fair prog rock with some folk and hard rock influences, including some sinuous ebb-and-flow guitar lines, well worked-out vocal harmonies, haunting melodic figures, and classically flavored keyboard passages. The songwriting is neither terrible nor noteworthy, and in the fashion of the time, the tracks can meander on a bit too long, though it's not grossly self-indulgent. The CD finishes with a couple of tracks recorded in 1974, at a later date than the rest of the material.

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