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Eyes of Blue

Crossroads of Time

Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed another reissue by this band in the last issue. This one is more mainstream than that album. It’s also a reissue, though. It’s got a lot of psychedelia and proto-prog built into it. It’s quite a great disc, really. I like it better than the other one. When you consider that I dug that one, then it’s a given that I really enjoy this.

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Track by Track Review
Crossroads of Time

The sounds of an explosion and chaos start this. Then an organ rises. The band fire out into some killer proto-prog psychedelia from there. Some parts of this actually make me think of The Animals a bit. However you slice it, though, this is a killer tune.

Never Care
This is a cool, trippy, psychedelic rocker. It wanders into space, too. I particularly like the vocal workout at the end.
I'll Be Your Friend
Combining psychedelia with proto-prog, this is another cool and very trippy number. It’s a definite 1960s styled rocker for certain. It’s also certainly tasty.
7+7 Is
Here’s a cover song. I love this version. It’s great psychedelia with some punk and space music in the mix.
Prodigal Son
This jam does a great job moving between psychedelia and proto prog. It has a killer instrumental section mid-track. That jam works through a number of changes and takes up the bulk of the piece. It works out to a more mainstream rocking movement at the end.
Largo
There is some 50s rock built into this. Yet the bulk is psychedelia with proto-prog in the mix. In some ways this makes me think of Procol Harum a bit.
Love Is the Law
This one also calls to mind Procol Harum for me.
Yesterday
Starting with a wall of vocals, this cover is very much the kind of thing Vanilla Fudge would have done. It’s trippy and very tasty. It’s one of my favorites on this disc.
I Wonder Why
Somehow there is a bit of a jazzy edge to this. It also has some old time rock and roll along with the psychedelia turned prog sound.
World of Emotion
Here’s another great proggy psychedelic rocker.
Inspiration for a New Day
Here we have a cut that feels a bit like Allman Brothers meets early Jethro Tull to me.
Q III
This instrumental is great bit of proto-prog psychedelia.
 
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