Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Universe - s/t 1971

The oft told story of this band goes as follows: Universe were a band from the U.K., and while in route to Norway, ran into van problems causing them to break down. As luck would have it, they happened to break down in front of a "music freak's" house and he took the band in, fed them, and gave them a place to stay for the nigh. This led to the band doing a recording session for the guy in an independent studio. Sometime later, Colors (the Label) found the tapes and the rest, well that's as they say history.
It makes for a good story, however how much truth is in there is for speculation. Either way, they indeed were a band from the U.K., who recorded an album in Norway, and released it only in Norway. Blues driven hard prog rock sounds a fitting description. It's a fairly good record, good writing and all, with both hard blues rock moments mixed with some prog structuring at times and minimal keys. One this is very true, it's rare as hell.

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