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National Health's 1977 debut album and its follow-up, Of Queues and Cures, were only separated by a year, but the latter release revealed some major changes for the band who blazed into being at the tail end of U.K. prog/jazz-rock's Canterbury scene. While the debut featured several vocals by guest Amanda Parsons, Queues is almost entirely instrumental. And where the first record sported a two-keyboardist team of Alan Gowen and Dave Stewart (no, not the Eurhythmics member), Stewart goes it alone here. In fact, the album is something of a spotlight for Stewart's playing. From his freaky, frenetic, effects-laden organ solo on "Dreams Wide Awake" to his fluid synthesizer statements on "The Bryden 2-Step (for Amphibians)," he emerges as an enormously gifted musician. Queues and Cures leans more toward burning jazz fusion than the expansive prog rock of the previous album, but it bears an equal amount of complexity in the compositions, to which each band member contributed.

Customer Reviews

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Canterbury does not come much better than this.

Great album!

I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this album holds the same sound and spirit of older National Health albums. The sweeping guitar verses and keyboard work is flawless!

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Formed: 1975

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

National Health were one of those rare English progressive bands whose classic mid-'70s output still sounds fresh today. Their sound prospered on imaginative linear musicality, often in a jazzy format that emphasized extended instrumental solos. Arising during a challenging time when progressive rock was being overtaken by a tidal wave of punk, National Health featured members of other Canterbury and post-Canterbury bands Hatfield and the North (a band considered a Canterbury supergroup in itself),...
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