What does it sound like?:
This box set brings together in one place three overlooked albums from the band’s mid – late nineties era.
OK, their best years – the seventies – were long behind them, but nonetheless they still produced some good music, albeit in fits and starts.
The first of the three, Sea Of Light, has the consistently strongest material – Spirit of Freedom being a prime example. Great guitar and Hammond playing throughout the album too!
The second – Spellbinder – is a live album, including some fine versions of their early classics, showing they could still cut it live.
The final disc, the dreadfully titled Sonic Origami, is the weakest of the three. It’s rather a downbeat affair, but the tracks Between Two Worlds (a sort of tribute to the late Gary Thain and David Byron) and The Golden Palace stand out.
What does it all *mean*?
The albums are nicely repackaged in this box, and there’s a decent sprinkling of bonus material too. A decent booklet accompanies it, and it’s nice they’ve retained the original album artwork. This is a good reasonably priced way to pick up these three releases and maybe listen again with a fresh ear.
Goes well with…
Other Heep albums.
Might suit people who like…