Greenslade, Dave - Going South

Year of Release: 1999
Label: Mystic
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 42:46:00

Although the great Dave Greenslade's hairdo is as grey as you can imagine and has thus lost all of it's rock power, the man is back in action after a string of superb solo releases such as Cactus Choir and The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony. Dave's passion for nature has been the subject that he has translated over ten new instrumental songs. On Going South you get a musical view of the southern migration of many birds. As I have so often remarked with the work of Rick Wakeman, due to economical reasons a real drummer has once again been replaced by a stupid machine, a box of electronics. How can you expect the whole album to sound fabulous if the entire rhythm section is so predictable? Also the acoustic guitar in "Slipstream," the trumpet in "Miles Away" (we know Miles Davis is dead, but there are other musicians still alive and kickin'!) and the fretless bass in "Night Flight" all come out of the keyboard which is, once again, what this sort of releases misses: the integration of REAL authentic instruments in the right spot! It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg because there's plenty of young, upcoming musicians waiting in the wings to have a go and be given a chance aside a respectable musician like Dave Greenslade. In his "old" days (shouldn't that be "young" days? I mean look at the guy now!), Dave has written scores for a BBC drama series, a thing you can clearly hear throughout "Crane Dance" that also introduces some eastern flavours. In "Piano Flamingo" pure jazz is played with an emphasis on the piano. You can't really say this is a bad album but if you take in account what I said then this album could have sounded ten times better given the right people in the right space, which for a man like Dave Greenslade certainly is a sad statement!

Going South (5:00) / Chasing The Wind (4:50) / Slipstream (6:19) / Flying V (5:39) / Miles Away (3:52) / Short Time Down (2:23) / Crane Dance (3:20) / Night Flight (6:32) / Piano Flamingo (3:07) / South Revisited (3:04)

Dave Greenslade - keyboards, composition, arrangements, mixing, production


Cactus Choir (1976)
The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogony (1979)
From The Discworld (1994)
Going South (1999)


Greenslade (1973)
Bedside Manners Are Extra (1973)
Spyglass Guest (1974)
Time And Tide (1975)
Live (1999)
Large Afternoon (2000)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: January 1st 2000
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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Language: english


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