Monday, March 08, 2010

Found Link: All About Jazz reviews Pete Sinfield's Still Expanded Edition

While there have been previous CD reissues of this obscure classic, (remember 1993's Stillusion?) this album has always been a bit of a vinyl-only listen for me. This might change now that Pete Sinfield's only solo album has received a proper reissue. All About Jazz gives the 1973 classic a fair but critical review, citing that it is a product of its time and is understandably dated now. For me, the biggest problem was always Pete's singing. That said, it has some great lyrical moments and even a guest vocal appearance by Greg Lake.

The two disc reissue comes with a whole second CD filled with early mixes of the album's tracks. If you're a collector of all things Prog, or are interested to hear what the ex-King Crimson/ELP/MacDonald and Giles/PFM's wordsmith's only solo album sounds like, this might be the way to go.

What do you think? Is it a forgotten classic or a dated piece of history?

Pete Sinfield | Still (Expanded Edition):
"Sinfield's solo debut, Still (Manticore), was largely lambasted when it was released in 1973. Esoteric's double-disc reissue, however, reveals an album undeniably of its time which—despite certain unavoidable weaknesses—does fare better four decades on, now assessable on its own merits rather than in comparison to Crimson."

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