Rare Bird ‎– Epic Forest

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
2442 101, 2814-011 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album + 7") Polydor, Polydor 2442 101, 2814-011 UK 1972 Sell This Version
2679 018 Rare Bird Epic Forest(2xLP, Album, Gat) Polydor 2679 018 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
8F 5530 Rare Bird Epic Forest(8-Trk, Album) Polydor 8F 5530 US 1972 Sell This Version
PD 5530 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album) Polydor PD 5530 US 1972 Sell This Version
PD 5530 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album) Polydor PD 5530 US 1972 Sell This Version
2442 101 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album, Gat) Polydor 2442 101 UK 1972 Sell This Version
PD 5530 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album, Promo) Polydor PD 5530 US 1972 Sell This Version
PD 5530, 2383 151 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Album, Promo) Polydor, Polydor Incorporated PD 5530, 2383 151 US 1972 Sell This Version
2478058 Rare Bird Epic Forest(LP, Promo) Polydor 2478058 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
RF 604 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Red Fox Records RF 604 France 1998 Sell This Version
RF 604 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Red Fox Records RF 604 France 1998 Sell This Version
RBCDR-042 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CDr, Album, Unofficial) Collector's Digitally Recordings RBCDR-042 Russia 2000 Sell This Version
8-987 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, Unofficial) Aziя Records 8-987 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
FRM 124 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, RE, Dig) Rock Fever Music FRM 124 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
ACMEM99CD Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, RE) Cherry Red, Él ACMEM99CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
RF 604 Rare Bird Epic Forest(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Red Fox Records RF 604 Russia 2015 Sell This Version
2679 018 Rare Bird Epic Forest(2xLP, Album, RP) Polydor 2679 018 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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progfan97402

progfan97402

February 27, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Epic Forest, LP, Album + 7", 2442 101, 2814-011
People really seem divided over Rare Bird. Do they prefer the duo keyboard/no guitar format version of the band from 1969-70 that produced two albums on Charisma, or do they prefer the soft rock duo guitar/one keyboard format of the 1972-1974 version of the band that produced three albums on Polydor? Whatever the case, by 1972 the band had a drastic change in lineup and sound with only Steve Gould and David Kaffinetti from the old lineup. Steve Gould switched from bass to guitar, while acquiring an additional guitarist in Ced Curtis. Graham Field formed a band called Fields and released an album on CBS in 1971. Mark Ashton seemed to hang around, playing on albums I'm not familiar with, and painting, apparently living in the States for a number of years before moving to France. It's obvious the one with an aversion of prog look more fondly of this phase of the band. I have seen numerous comparisons with Wishbone Ash and Crosby, Stills & Nash. And I can see that. Some of the vocals remind me of Graham Nash, and some of the musical approach reminds me of the more calm moments of Wishbone Ash's Argus, which came out around the same time. Steve Gould's voice really seems to be toned down greatly to the point that it took me a long time to realize he was still singing on the album. It didn't help that the American LP didn't give a track by track credit. A lot of the music has a more acoustic bent, especially "Turn It All Around", "Fears of the Night" and "Her Darkest Hour", but there are some more rocking pieces like "Turning the Lights Out" and "Title No. 1 Again (Birdman)". The title track is the most proggy thing here, but still nowhere as prog as the stuff on their previous two albums. It's the only song on the album Steve Gould belts it out and sounding as every bit as recognizable as the first two albums. The music gets rather adventurous, but it sounded like the second part may have been another song segued in because it settled down in soft rock territory. I am happy to acquire the UK LP pressing as the original came with a 7" EP that plays at 33, so don't play this at 45 (unless you want to hear Alvin, Simon & Theodore aka The Chipmunks do their take on Rare Bird). I have the feeling the band recorded enough material to warrant an EP, but not enough for a full-on double album. Three songs ("Roadside Welcome", "Four Grey Walls", "You're Lost") that I was sorely missing owning the American LP and they demonstrate those songs were just as good as the main LP. Also I love how the UK LP gives a track by track credit listing so you know the instruments being played, and by who, and who were handling the vocals (it's clear that Steve Gould didn't sing everything, some of the vocals sound like Graham Nash). This album may not appeal to fans of their first two albums, but for those who don't mind a West Coast style of rock (which is done rather well, by the way), this is worth having.