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Iguana - 1977 The Winds Of Alamar

ARTIST: Iguana
ALBUM: The Winds Of Alamar
LABEL: United Artists
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2008, Muskrat (Japan), RATCD-4365


LINEUP: Arthur Bod - vocals, guitars, winds Shaw Hayes - guitars * Budge Witherspoon - guitars, vocals * Don Falk - bass, vocals * Liberty Overman - drums * Kenny Buttery - drums, congas

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dream Song * 02 Eulogy (Time Waits For No Man) * 03 Sailing Ships * 04 Fine Line * 05 Your Love * 06 Happy One - Sad One * 07 Romancin' * 08 Nighthawk

Interesting group from Maryland that released the majority of this album on their own during 1975 and in Quadraphonic no less! United Artists picked up on the record adding two songs, losing the Quad sound and changing the cover art. Yes, and about that cover art! I have never seen a copy of the original album, but what the heck was UA's art department thinking? A fairly typical of the time photo of the band running up on a beach with what has to be the most ridiculous drawing of a Lizard I have ever seen! They couldn't come up with anything better than that? Still, 'The Winds Of Alamar' is a fine album and cover art aside is definitely worth a listen.

The Songs
Progressive rock meets West Coast is the best way to describe the music of Iguana. Sound good? It is, and if you are a fan of Firefall, Crosby Stills and Nash or Loggins & Messina circa 'Full Sail' then this is an album for you. Beautiful vocals from all involved with some of the best harmonizing this side of Starcastle, the music never really rocks out and I find it more appropriate for late summer evenings or even to brighten a mood on a rainy day. 'Sailing Ships' is a personal favourite sounding very much like America at their best, but each track is top notch featuring stellar musicianship leaving me to ask the question why didn't this album or Iguana become as big as some of their contemporaries?

In Summary
Well never know, unless of course we ask the band themselves. Maybe one day, in the meantime seek out a copy of 'The Winds Of Alamar'. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

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#1 | super80boy on November 22 2014 23:10:28
The original cover art is actually quite cool with a picture of a large lizard with glasses. The original 1975 press also comes with an insert including band and song information. Other than the odd country song that begins side two, The Winds Of Alamar contains intricately arranged songs with a progressive West Coast vibe. Another standout is the closing 'Night Hawk'. Quite good with a pro sound for a private pressing.
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