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- Chapter III by The George-Edwards Group
7/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 17 October 2014
The George-Edwards Group was the bedroom progressive pop outfit of two multi-instrumentalists, Raymond M George and Edward S Balian, who started making music together in '60s Detroit, finally putting together a white-label LP called 38:38 in 1977 which was pressed onto 100 LPs to try and find record company backing that never came. This album lay forgotten until 2009 when Drag City reissued it, finally unleashing this duo's bizarre mixture of experimental synths, overdriven guitar heroics, hazy acoustic jangle and grandiose melodies. This was deemed enough of a success to warrant a sequel, 'Archives', delving a little further into the pair's, erm, archives, and here's a third chapter, 'Chapter III', with another dozen tracks for your 21st century ears to soak up.
I feel like they're starting to reach the bottom of the barrel here, with some of the tracks being a pedestrian mixture of guitar jangle and synth drone and wimpy psychedelic vocals that pass inoffensively but without much incident, but there are some stand-out moments that make it worth a listen, generally when they're being a bit anarchic and overblown, but as an album it can head down a few more dead-ends than you'd hope. When they get it right it's great though. Opener 'The 8th Circus' has exhilaratingly cheesy guitar action squealing out over some big cinematic synth chords in a strident arrhythmic soundmass, while 'The Voice' is my pick of side B thanks to some obnoxiously crunchy and tinny guitar tones that grunt away over the song's sweet and uplifting melody.
9/10 Michael Shaheen Customer review, 17th October 2014
Another........installment from the George Edwards Group......excellent collection on nice melodies and superb songs....highlights are "How Many Ways"
"My Love"......"The Children Sing"...."She Was All" and the far out "8th Circus"...............A Must Hear !! Also the magnificent instrumental "Weeping Rock"
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