These five tracks were recorded in September 1977 and May 1978 by a quartet known in England as Autumn. With the abrupt decline of progressive rock, the tapes remained on the shelf while band members enjoyed musical careers with groups like the Enid, Hawkwind, and Steve Hackett. In 1999, the tapes were cleaned and Oceanworld was independently released. The progressive rock community discovered an unsuspected gem that would have become a minor classic of the genre, had it been released in 1978. This instrumental progressive music has the feel of Gryphon circa Red Queen to Gryphon Three with elements of what will become Steve Hackett's sound circa Spectral Mornings (keyboardist Nick Magnus is responsible for that) and something of Happy the Man too, all backed by stellar musicianship. In short: a prog rock masterpiece any fan should try to find. "Oceanworld" has the majestic feel of the ocean with its slow melody, while "Some Like It Crunchy" gets close to fusion. "Little Finger Exercise" is more playful and tricky. The album is short (36 minutes) but not a nanosecond is wasted time. Very strongly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture