Gryphon

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UK progressive rock group. Initially known for their hardcore medieval-folk style, they soon metamorphosed into a diverse rock ensemble: from lengthy progressive pieces on Red Queen, to memorable, pastoral pop-rock on Treason.

The band released their first album in 1973 with the following members: Richard Harvey, Brian Gulland, Graeme Taylor and David Oberle. Later in 1974 they were joined by Philip Nestor, who then left in 1975 to be replaced by Malcolm Bennett and Ernest Hart. They disbanded after releasing their final album, Treason, in 1977.
Multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey and his fellow Royal College of Music graduate Brian Gulland, a woodwind player, began the group as an all-acoustic ensemble that mixed traditional English folk music with medieval and Renaissance influences. Shortly after this, the duo was joined by guitarist Graeme Taylor and drummer/percussionist Dave Oberlé. After their self-titled debut, they expanded their sound to include electric guitars and keyboards as well as wind instruments, such as bassoons and krumhorns, not previously used in rock music. Gryphon's music often sounded as much like rural English folk or renaissance chansons as it did rock, at least on their early recordings. After their third album (Red Queen to Gryphon Three) and the subsequent tour as a supporting act for Yes, their instrumentation became more conventional and the use of non-standard instruments was reduced. Fans and critics generally regard Midnight Mushrumps and the all-instrumental Red Queen to Gryphon Three as their finest albums.
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TRA 262 Gryphon - Gryphon album art Gryphon Gryphon (Album) Transatlantic Records TRA 262 UK 1973 Sell This Version
BELL 1316 Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three album art Gryphon Red Queen To Gryphon Three (Album) Transatlantic Records BELL 1316 US 1974 Sell This Version
ZCTRA 282 Gryphon - Midnight Mushrumps album art Gryphon Midnight Mushrumps (Album) Transatlantic Records ZCTRA 282 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2107/S Gryphon - Wavendon '74 album art Gryphon / The Spinners Gryphon / The Spinners - Wavendon '74(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2107/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2070/S Gryphon - Stereo Pop Special-71 album art Gryphon / Gallagher & Lyle Gryphon / Gallagher & Lyle - Stereo Pop Special-71(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2070/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
TRA 302 Gryphon - Raindance album art Gryphon Raindance (Album) Transatlantic Records TRA 302 Australia 1975 Sell This Version
1C 066-06 355 Gryphon - Treason album art Gryphon Treason (Album) Harvest, Harvest 1C 066-06 355 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
HUX 027 Gryphon - About As Curious As It Can Be album art Gryphon About As Curious As It Can Be(CD, Album) Hux Records HUX 027 UK 2002 Sell This Version
HUX 041 Gryphon - Glastonbury Carol album art Gryphon Glastonbury Carol (Album) Hux Records HUX 041 UK 2003 Sell This Version
GRIFCD01 Gryphon - Reinvention album art Gryphon Reinvention (Album) Not On Label (Gryphon Self-released) GRIFCD01 UK 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GLA 1001 Gryphon - Glastonbury Carol album art Gryphon Glastonbury Carol(7", S/Sided, Single, Promo) Transatlantic Records GLA 1001 UK 1973 Sell This Version
HAR 5125 Gryphon - Spring Song album art Gryphon Spring Song (Single) Harvest HAR 5125 UK 1977 Sell This Version
none Gryphon - Kemps Jig album art Gryphon Kemps Jig(7") Not On Label none UK Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

DD-22049/50 Gryphon - Gryphon album art Gryphon Gryphon (Comp) Transatlantic Records, Guimbarda DD-22049/50 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
ITEM CD1 Gryphon - The Collection album art Gryphon The Collection (Comp) Curio Records (2) ITEM CD1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ITEM CD3 Gryphon - The Collection II album art Gryphon The Collection II(CD, Comp) Curio Records (2) ITEM CD3 1995 Sell This Version
GAS 0000460 ESM ACO, ESMCD 460 Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three / Raindance album art Gryphon Red Queen To Gryphon Three / Raindance(CD, Comp) Castle Communications, Essential GAS 0000460 ESM ACO, ESMCD 460 UK 1997 Sell This Version
CMDDD977 Gryphon - Crossing The Styles - The Transatlantic Anthology album art Gryphon Crossing The Styles - The Transatlantic Anthology (Comp) Castle Music CMDDD977 UK 2004 Sell This Version
COE257/258 Gryphon - The Transatlantic Years Complete album art Gryphon The Transatlantic Years Complete (Comp, Album) COE Records (2) COE257/258 Russia 2004 Sell This Version

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ProgFrog57

ProgFrog57

August 24, 2015
Other than early Gentle Giant, this is the only band I am aware of that concentrated on playing medieval styled music. This is a large part of what makes them so interesting. All of their albums have qualities that make them unique and the first three refreshingly have no tunes that could have been Top 40 radio fodder. Their high level of instrumental expertise makes for challenging, exciting listening.
Fractilion

Fractilion

June 12, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
Great instrumentation, terrible vocals in my opinion. Luckily they have whole albums without them. If you like nerding-out to Baroque classical inspired rock, this is the band for you.

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