What does it sound like?:
Remastered and expanded, Unicorn’s second, third and fourth albums covering the period 1974-77 get a long overdue re-release.
Some may remember that the band was something of a pet project for David Gilmour, and as well as securing them a major label deal, he also produced and guested on all three of these albums.
However, don’t be misled into expecting anything remotely Floyd like here – the sound is basically an English take on soft west coast rock, in the vein of Poco or very early Eagles. Indeed, even Gilmour’s guest appearances are confined in the main to some rather fine pedal steel playing. I suppose their strong point was the combination of their very English sounding, often complex, vocal harmonies with the Byrds like instrumental sound. All three albums are very workmanlike, well written, sung and played.
The most well known song here appears on the Too Many Crooks set – No Way Out of Here, recorded by Gilmour, in quite a different form, on his 1978 debut solo album.
One More Tomorrow was to prove the band’s swansong as they petered out in the face of trying to sell their unpretentious solid brand of country rock to a US market that was already saturated with it and a UK market that just wasn’t interested in it.
All three albums have a generous number of bonus tracks, many of which are previously unreleased, and they are accompanied by some excellent sleeve notes.
What does it all *mean*?
The band backed Kate Bush on her original demo tape sent to EMI, and also played on the B side of her Army Dreamers single – not many people know that!
Goes well with…
A quiet evening in with some laid back sounds washing over you.
Might suit people who like…
As already mentioned, The Byrds, Poco, early Eagles – also there’s also a definite feel of CSNY and the Grateful Dead circa Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, so fans of those might want to check these albums out too.