Raw Material - Raw Material

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Akarma Records
Catalog Number: AK 249
Format: LP
Total Time: 30:39:00

This was Raw Material's self-titled maiden voyage in the studio (1970, Evolution 21006), they would release one more album in 1971 titled Time Is. The sound created on this album was not as intense or complex as their second outing but it is a glimpse at what they would become.

This music was progressive but will most likely be looked upon as pre-progressive (i.e. Yes, Pink Floyd) by most fans and critics. Colin Catt, the vocalist and keyboard player, set the tone for the band with his trilling vocal style and Jon Lord/Deep Purple influenced keyboard playing.

Although this album has some of the fusion and jazz elements present, it is not a prevalent as their second album. Rock seems to be the foundation that everything else stems from on their freshman outing. It remains as a fine example of early prog-rock with the use of the flute, sax and harp. Although this may not be the best album that you have heard from that period of time it is good and worth checking out.

Side One: Time And Illusion (7:30) / I'd Be Delighted (5:10) / Fighting Cock (3:50)

Side Two: Pear On An Apple Tree (2:57) / Future Recollections (3:55) / Traveller Man (6:10) / Destruction Of America (2:27)

Colin Catt - vocals, keyboards
Mike Fletcher - sax, flute, harp, vocals
Dave Green - guitar
Phil Gunn - bass
Paul Young - percussion

Raw Material (1970/2001)
Time Is (1971/2003)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: September 8th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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