Galliard and The Greatest Show On Earth

Brass rock pages are all being updated to six songs, or even more with the addition of video clips, such as with the If page, which now includes two highlights from their third album:


A few impressions: Galliard‘s second album, New Dawn (1970), has the clear advantage over their 1969 debut, Strange Pleasure. The former hears them weaving elements of jazz, blues and folk into a cohesive tapestry on par with the likes of early Jethro Tull and Pete Brown and Piblokto! On the other hand, Strange Pleasure betrayed an affinity for jingly horn blasts of the show tune pop caliber with only a tentative grasp on rock, ultimately pinning that album to the lighter side of the ’60s. This could have been down to the age of the members, a couple of whom looked old enough to have been kickin’ it with Acker Bilk at some point. Kind of like the professorly yet progressive-minded Dick Heckstall-Smith, once the oldest musician on the British rock scene (RIP.)


The Greatest Show On Earth, meanwhile, put their best foot forward on their debut, Horizons, which mostly focused on their main strength of crafting catchy, solid, four minute rock songs stuffed with horns. And they had so many such gems that the page is still hurting by a few absentees, such as “Day of the Lady”, on which they ably mustered a pleasing little folk ditty in waltz time.

The Greatest Show On Earth


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