Gryphon

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Gryphon - Midnight Mushrumps Midnight Mushrumps
Pop New - LP TRA 282 Transatlantic
Sealed 1974 UK Laminated Cover Original. “The Group Was Still Doing Some Folk-Type Vocal Numbers On This, Their Second Album, But It Was Clearly Moving In The Direction Of Progressive Rock. The 18-Minute Title Track By Richard Harvey Took Up One Whole Side Of The Original LP, And Incorporated Medieval, Baroque, And Classical-Era Influences In Its Structure. That Track Is Probably What Attracted Yes (And, More Specifically, Steve Howe) To The Group In Time For Them To Be Booked As An Opening Act On The Progressive Rock Supergroup's 1975 Tour. The Tempo Changes Come Just Often Enough To Keep The Material From Being Remotely Stilted Or Boring, And The Radical Shifts In Dynamics Make This A Rather Sonically Impressive Piece -- And The Melodies Are Gorgeous. The Resulting Album Is A Strange Brand Of "Progressive Folk," Never Veering Too Far From Traditional English And European Source Material, But Played Within Structures As Appropriate To The Concert Hall As They Were To The Club Or The Pub. New Member Philip Nestor (Bass, Vocals) Added Considerably To The Weightiness Of The Band's Sound. For An Unofficial Member, Organist Ernest Hart (Who Would Join On The Next Album) Plays A Surprisingly Important And Visible Role Here, Vastly Expanding The Range Of Their Sound So That Gryphon Seems Like It Can Fill A Full-Sized Concert Hall. Amazingly, The Highlight May Be The Closer, A Hybrid Folk/Rock/Classical Instrumental Called "Ethelion," Which Showcases Each Member's Major Instruments (Including One Of The Most Delectable And Appropriate Drum Solos In Rock Music History).” Bruce Eder, AMG.... more details
 
Gryphon - Raindance Raindance
Pop Used - LP TRA 302 Transatlantic
1975 UK Original. Dead Wax Inscribed "A Porky Prime Cut" & "Totally Illogical."... more details
 
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Pop Used - LP SHSP 4063 Harvest
Beautiful 1977 UK Original With Printed Inner Sleeve. Laminated Jacket In Shrink Wrap With Old $5.99 Store Price Tag.... more details
 
Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon 3 Red Queen To Gryphon 3
Pop Used - LP TRA 287 Transatlantic
1974 UK Original Still In Shrink Wrap. Bottom Seam Has Some Rubbing Near Mouth. Vinyl Appears Glossy. “The Album Centers Around A Game Of Chess, With Each Track Around Ten Minutes In Length. The Symphonic Structure Of The Movements Intricately Combine Rich Textured Strings With Medieval Horns, Reminiscent Of 16th Century England. The Keyboards Bridge Together Certain Passages With Just The Right Intensity So That They Keep From Modernizing The Album's Feel. While Some Progressive Rock Can Seem Over The Top Or Contrived, Gryphon Mixes Subtlety With Diversity To Formulate Beautiful Streamline Music. The Use Of The Bassoon And Krumhorn Gives This Album Depth And A Profound Musical Element Not Found In Other Bands Of The Same Nature. The Tempos And Accents Express Moods That Are Structured For Each Piece Precisely, Such As The Brainstorming Arrangements In "Opening Move" And The Victorious Finale Heard Throughout "Checkmate," The Last Song On The Album. The Absence Of Vocals Lets The Music Carry Extra Weight, Enhancing The Vision Of The Chessboard In The Mind's Eye.” - Mike Degagne, AMG... more details
 
Gryphon - Gryphon Gryphon
Prog Used - LP TRA 262 Transatlantic
Beautiful 1973 UK Original Housed In A Textured Gatefold Jacket. “The Group's Debut Album. They Were Still A Quartet At The Time, Without A Full-Time Keyboard Player. The Material Is Essentially Progressive Folk-Rock, Elements Of Jazz And Swing ("Over The Rainbow" Even Turns Up Interpolated In The Arrangement Of One Number) Juxtaposed With Traditional Folk Songs ("The Unquiet Grave," Ka "Dives And Lazarus"), Works Attributed To Henry VIII, And Folk-Style Originals. Brian Gulland's And Richard Harvey's Bassoon, Krumhorn, And Recorders Are The Dominant Instruments. The Instrumental Tracks Tend To Overwhelm The Tiny Handful Of Vocal Numbers, Sung By Gulland, Guitarist Graeme Taylor, And Drummer David Oberle.” Bruce Eder, All Music Guide.... more details
 

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