Roy Harper was already coming off two stellar efforts in Lifemask (1973) and Valentine (1974). Previous settings of acoustic guitar and orchestration were supplanted by Harper's formation of Trigger, a relatively straightforward hard rock trio anchored by ace guitarist Chris Spedding and former King Crimson / Yes drummer Bill Bruford. (The unit disbanded after this album, however.) Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones are among the other all-star contributors on this album, which gets off to a rousing start with The Game's multi-part critique of modern society and features some hard-hitting guitar passages. The Spirit Lives upholds yet another long-running Harper theme of critiquing Christianity and its premises. Hallucination Light and Forget Me Not maintain the brooding romanticism associated with Harper's earlier work, but it's the last track that should stick longest with listeners. Harper's understated, elegaic ode to life's departures gains power from a blend of string and brass band lines; it remains one of his finest, most enduring compositions.
LP - Remastered 180 Gram Vinyl. Packaged in deluxe Gatefold sleeve including heavy inner sleeve with lyrics and notes.
- Genre Folk
- Released 16/02/18