What does it sound like?:
As we seem to be in a psychedelic mood, spare a thought for Bodast. One of the many bands that no doubt thought they were on the golden road to success when they got a recording contract, their career quickly petered out, with only Steve Howe going on to subsequent fame with Yes.
The only album they made was released in 1969, by which time they’d ironically already split, and is reissued now in remastered form, along with a few bonus tracks recorded as their previous incarnation Canto. So what of the music? Well, the title probably gives a clue as to what to expect. Yes fans will recognise Nether Street, by far the best thing here, as an early version of The Wurm section of the Yes classic Starship Trooper, proving that good material rarely goes to waste. By the same token, part of the rocky Black Leather Gloves was recycled years later in Close To The Edge. The rest of the album is a mixture of early prog and psychedelia, with a bit of folk thrown into the mix for good measure. Although there are a few tracks that don’t really go anywhere, songs such as Nothing To Cry For, Beyond Winter and Do You Remember are well worth checking out. It’s obvious throughout though that Howe is the one band member with that extra special something, and it’s his guitar playing that is the key ingredient and highlight of the album.
What does it all *mean*?
This album of early British psychedelia/prog perhaps surprisingly has plenty to admire.
Goes well with…
Early Yes albums, vintage British psychedelia, the beginnings of prog.
Might suit people who like…
A niche release for sure, but will appeal to fans of Yes, especially their early efforts.