James Smith

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British progressive rocker James Smith, whose vocal stylings have been compared to Dennis DeYoung of Styx, recorded in the early '70s as frontman in both the Stonehouse and Asgard bands. Drummer Ian Snow…
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British progressive rocker James Smith, whose vocal stylings have been compared to Dennis DeYoung of Styx, recorded in the early '70s as frontman in both the Stonehouse and Asgard bands. Drummer Ian Snow was another link between the two bands, the latter of which was one of the first outfits produced and released on the Moody Blues' custom Threshold label. While the name James Smith is obviously likely to cause confusion, so does the band name Asgard. A popular choice due to its connection to writer J.R.R. Tolkien, the ethereal moniker was also utilized by a French folk combo in the same decade as the British band and by an Italian neo-prog ensemble some two decades later.

Smith's cohorts in the British Asgard also included the guitarist and vocalist Rod Harrison -- formerly with the ultra-polite Please and the barking Bulldog Breed -- as well as bassist Dave Cook and violinist Peter Orgil. The Threshold production was the only album and not surprisingly entitled In the Realm of Asgard. It was in many ways similar to the type of music the Moody Blues were creating already on albums such as Days of Future Passed.