Rare unearthred masters from this obscure 1973 UK progressive rock group obviously influenced by Wishbone Ash and their kind. Bonus tracks are from another unknown 70s band the post-Argus group Anaconda.
Dave Wagstaffe (drums)
Mick Pearl (bass)
Del Watkins (guitar)
Ken Lewis (vocals)
1. Friend of Mine
2. Road of Life
3. Twenty-Four Hours
4. Same Old Story
6. Funk Song*
7. Why Can't They Leave Us Alone?*
8. Take No Chance*
9. Drum Thing*
10. Jubilee Shuffle*
11. 77 St. Thomas Road (Pts I & II)*
* bonus tracks by Anaconda live in concert.
This release is a very funny stuff, one of that kind that have been compiled with a very strange sense.
Credited to Argus should have be titled "Dave Wagstaffe's first bands" because comprises material of two very different groups of this drummer, actually playing in "Landmarq and The Oliver Wakeman Band, plus sessions, and drum teaching." as he pointed in his MySpace page.
The first band is Argus with material recorded in 1973, a hard rock outfit that sounds like Free, included the singing. Above average band, whose best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in its 5 tracks (small solo in track 4... beautiful).
Second band is Anaconda with live material recorded in 1977, a jazz-rock outfit!!!... that sound like any jazz-rock band... if we discard the horrible singing we found a good guitar playing (showing that Randy Spence plays as good as bad he sing), a little persistent participation of flute (not bad at all) and a rhythm section really competent, where the best talent is... the drummer!!!... great drumming by Mr. Wagstaffe in the 7 tracks (long solo in track 4 (9 of the compilation)... beautiful).
A good recommendation is to listen the 5 first tracks (hard-rock) go take a cup of tea and then go for the next 7 tracks (jazz-rock).
Rip from CD 256@ (full artwork included)