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Them / Belfast Gypsies - Them...Belfast Gypsies! [44.1kHz/24bit]
Year Of Release: 1967/2019
Label: RevOla
Country: UK
Genre: Blues Rock,Garage Rock
Quality: FLAC (*tracks)
Bitrate: Lossless [44.1kHz/24bit]
Time: 56:10
Full Size: 481.6 MB

Gypsy's self-titled debut LP (released, confusingly, under the title English Gypsy in the U.S.) was the work of a British band extremely influenced by late-'60s Californian folk-psychedelic-rock -- more so than almost any other U.K. group you could name, in fact. Why is that, then, that hardly anyone can name Gypsy these days? It's because the album's extremely derivative of Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and especially Moby Grape, particularly in the vocal harmonies. And it's because, while those are good influences to work from, the songs aren't nearly as good as the best work by the aforementioned acts. Some specialists would cavil that it's unfair to hold secondary bands like Gypsy up to such high standards, and that the music should be judged on its own terms. But let's be straight about it: on this particular platter, the similarities are inescapable. The lead vocals often have the gritty tremble characteristic of numerous Moby Grape tracks; the harmonies on "I Don't Care Do You Mind?" are very much in the early CSNY style; the extended soloing on "Turning Wheel" can't fail to recall Neil Young's "Down by the River"; some of the lyrics on "Standing Alone, Feeling So Bad" sound rather like Buffalo Springfield's "Mr. Soul"; "Pony Ride" is a son (or should that be "grandson"?) of Moby Grape's "Hey Grandma"; etc. It's well-played and well-sung, with some appealing sustained guitar effects, but more originality (and better material) were needed to make something enduring. The 2004 CD reissue on Hux adds the 1971 non-LP single "Changes Comin'"/"Don't Cry on Me," as well as six previously unreleased tracks recorded around the same time. ~ Richie Unterberger


01. Gloria's Dream (Remastered)
02. The Crazy World Inside Me (Remastered)
03. Midnight Train (Remastered)
04. Aria Of The Fallen Angels (Remastered)
05. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (Remastered)
06. People, Let's Freak Out (Remastered)
07. Boom Boom (Remastered)
08. The Last Will And Testament (Remastered)
09. Portland Town (Remastered)
10. Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness) (Remastered)
11. Suicide Song (Remastered)
12. Secret Police (Remastered)
13. Portland Town (French EP Mix Remastered)
14. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (French EP Mix Remastered)
15. Midnight Train (French EP Mix Remastered)
16. The Gorilla (French EP Mix Remastered)
17. Secret Police (45 Mix Remastered)
18. Gloria's Dream (45 Mix Remastered)



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