Label: EMI - 5C 056-24 933 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Reason For It All 2. Lyrics 3. Mouldy Wood 4. Lovely Luna 5. Hope For A Life 6. Ballet Of The Cripple 7. Forever Is A Lonely Thought 8. Mammoth 9. Give It A Name Ton Scherpenzeel possesses a wide array of keyboard sounds, and he uses them to great effect throughout, buoyed by an array of vocal approaches by Max Werlerofzoiets wisely changing his surname to Werner later! An active, capable rhythm section gives things an almost jazzy feel, while guitarist Johan Slager really shines with his subtle yet effective approach.
Slager rips a nice solo off in Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sun For It All", which brings the song to a more aggressive and challenging level, leading into the short and sweet "Lyrics". After this the album hits a number of peaks, most remarkable being the bass-driven weirdness of "Mouldy Wood", heavy dramatic atmospheres in "Hope For A Life", and the early King Crimson-styled strains of album epic "Lovely Luna", which expands toward Genesis-style layers later on. Then there's "Mammoth", a heavy piece as large in scope as its namesake creature.
Kayak establishes a style on their debut that is symphonic and lush without being too soft quite the opposite at times. They can be somewhat jazzy, and always highly dynamic with lots of color and shading. Their next album would expand on this promise before settling for a more conventional approach. To top it all, Kayak have made many line-up shifts and passed through a number of styles. While the current outfit is making strong, neo-prog tinged music, I'm one of those who thinks that this early progressive pop phase saw Kayak at its best.
Reason For It All with a healthy dose of Yes influencesthe storming Mouldy Wood, the sparse, melodramatic Lovely Luna and the beautiful Beatlesque title track are probably my personal highlights, but this album has to be taken Scorpions - Scorpions a whole, for it is well balanced and possesses a great flow Kayak also prove that you don't need length to be progressive Mammoth goes through a number of phases in a period of less than three minutes!
I really like this record, and even my least favourite track, the schmaltzy Forever Is A Lonely Thought has a very nice Scherpenzeel piano solo. There is a light but not lightweight feeling about Kayak's music that makes me think that this is one classic-era prog band that neo-prog fans will really enjoy. And even though they sound nothing like either ELO, Supertramp or the Alan Parsons Project and indeed are emphatically more progressive I do believe it is fans at this end of the scale who will derive the most joy from Kayak's music.
Kayak is one of Holland's major prog acts. The line-up of the band had always been a bit strange. Luckily conservatory key-player Ton Scherpenzeel played on his own instrument. Cees van Leeuwen en Johan Slager played bass and guitar. The band was centered around the friendship of Koopman and Scherpenzeel who both wrote songs and compositions for the band. Some might argue that some of the stronger Kayak songs were written by Scherpenzeel, but I disagree. The band-members of Kayak never thought about playing progressive rock, but the compositions were innovative and sophisticated at times.
There are many classical music influences and some influence of Genesis and Yes mainly some vocal parts. Besides these influences Kayak had it's own sound with tremendous songwriting, combining catchyness and innovation. The sound of Kayak has a focus on keys and vocals, but the band sounds as a whole. Most of the songs have instrumental parts with an melodic approach. The vocals of Max Werner have been a point of debate. It is one of my favorite vocalists because of his high pitched sound and his specific sound.
It's strength threw weakness. Reason Four Story - Hand On My Heart it All has some obvious Yes elements, but the songs has an original atmosphere and a good instrumental solo's section. Lyrics is a feel-good crossover prog track with nice melodic piano composition. Mouldy Wood is very very progressive Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sun it's dissonant guitar parts and Jaw's like couplet theme.
The melodic theme in the middle and end section make the song totally worthwhile. Lovely Luna is a symphonic rock masterpiece written by Koopmans. The intro Body And Soul - Dave Brubeck - Essential Standards the song is abstract, but as soon the symphonic parts begin I'm amazed by this beauty. The distorted bass guitar with a melodic function during this symphonic parts is very innovative.
The pastoral vocals of Werner are strong. On side two Hope For A Life is another crossover prog song with lot's of different melodies.
Ballet Of The Cripple is an emotional composition with superb lyrics! The bridge section is very atmospheric and the main Moonlight Man - Commando Z - A Mouth Full Of Tunes theme nostalgic. Mammoth was a bit hit in Holland and has an intro theme played on street-organ and some catchy strong melodies in the couplet and refrain themes. See See The Sun is also one of my favorite Kayak tracks.
The couplet theme with only piano and vocals is intimate and effective. Listen to this song! Kayak had this great debut that combined progressive music with some hit-potential.
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It's a great seventies record with memorable songwriting! Four stars. Some might say that their work doesn't sound original enough and that they borrowed their ideas form several prog giants. In a way, it is not totally wrong: the very nice opener holds a lot of ''Yes'' feel mainly due to the vocals while ''Lyrics'' is more GG oriented for the same reason.
But the former is extremely melodic and the instrumental parts are flowing so nicely? The same comment is still valid for the instrumental guitar of ''Mouldy Wood''. Still, I wouldn't be as laudatory as other reviewers about this song. The same sort of atmosphere can be noticed during ''Forever? This album is full of good Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sunand the melodic but weird ''Ballet Of The Cripple'' is another one of them. Maybe a little more pop-oriented and more Supertrampish. The pop feel is even more evident for the title track: simple and straight forward tracks that borrowed a lot to Around The World - Nat King Cole - The Unforgettable Nat King Cole big Four.
But the prior ''Forever Is a Lonely Thought'' already gave some indications? I will round up this work to four stars Larry Crockett - My Wish seven out of ten sounds more appropriate to my ears. An enjoyable debut album even if Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sun could have been avoided same applies to both bonus tracks of which ''Give It A Name'' is totally ''Supersister'' oriented.
Another good Dutch band This is the debut album by this 70's Dutch band. They sound very British and will probably appeal to fans of classic, British progressive rock as well as to fans of groups like Supertramp and maybe Electric Light Orchestra. Even the vocals could be mistaken for British; at least there is no strong accent involved. The influences on the group's sound obviously include The Beatles and probably also Yes. The Chris Squire-like bass guitar sound gives that much away.
Supertramp is often mentioned in relation to this group. There are indeed many similarities between the two groups, but we should keep in mind that Kayak debuted inbefore Supertramp broke through with Crime Of The Century in even if they had an album out already in The songs are primarily vocal driven and there is very little room for instrumental noodling.
The sound of Kayak is often quite keyboard dominated and Ton Scherpenzeel is great on the keyboards which mainly consist of piano and harpsichord. So do not expect a Moog fest! The rest of the band plays competently too. The music of See See Maria - Marvin Gaye - Romantically Yours Sun is hardly revolutionary in any way and while all the songs are Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sunthey are not something out of the ordinary.
But they surely have a certain charm! Good, but non-essential; recommended for people who likes bands more towards the poppier side of Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sun . I understand that some may hear Genesis here, but personally, even I Ganga - Nanaja - Virtual Ethnic Music believe in this concept at all, I don't hear them here, as I've heard many albums from various bands that sounds "far more" than this one.
But that's my point of view and is only as important as others, so you can make your own point of view. This album is actually not so simple, but it has simple approach, e. And the more you listen it, the more of it you will discover and that's of course important thing. And I wanted. After Cees van Leeuwen joined on bass, Scherzenpeel who had studied double bass as his major concentrated on keyboards. He and Koopman had been writing songs already for five years.
Kayak signed a contract with EMI, and the group entered a proper recording studio for the very first time. According to him, See See the Sun is an album full of ideas, not all of them being worked to perfection.
After two weeks' studio sessions the tapes were taken to Abbey Road studios for Alan Parsons to mix. Dark Side of the Moon had made Parsons a hot name, so this was clearly a calculated move from EMI in order to increase Lyrics - Kayak - See See The Sun international appeal.
The results may not be the most original prog of the time, but surely it's well produced and extremely convincing debut from young musicians. The opening track 'Reason for It All' has notable Yes flavours up to vocal harmonies and Wakemanesque harpsichord decoratings.
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