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With the exception of two songs, this two-CD compilation includes everything from Gryphon's first four albums (1972's Gryphon, 1974's Midnight Mushrumps, 1974's Red Queen to Gryphon Three, and 1975's Raindance). The missing songs are "Touch and Go," from Gryphon, and "Wallbanger," from Raindance; otherwise, everything's present and accounted for. As the first part of Gryphon's career was their best, this is the best compilation of their work, marred only by a couple of small annoyances. First, although each disc is nearly full to capacity with 75-plus-minutes on each CD, actually those other two songs could have been squeezed into the running order. Second, rather than opting for a chronological sequencing, the tracks are ordered so they jump back and forth between the different albums — and, thus, jump back and forth between the near-Renaissance music of their earliest recordings to the fusions of early music with more art rock-oriented sounds that characterized their mid-'70s work. It's a satisfying document on the whole, though, with two-and-a-half hours of one of the more obscure and more unusual bands on the fringes of the '70s British progressive rock and folk-rock scenes.


Formed: 1971 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

Gryphon was one of the more unusual of the folk-rock groups to come out of England in the 1970s, mostly because they didn't confine their musical genre-melding to folk-rock. Spawned at the Royal College of Music, they started out making a name for themselves in folk-rock, but their classical training and their approach to composition, recording, and performance soon took them into the much bigger field of progressive rock, and eventually had them playing gigs in front of arena-size audiences. Richard...
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