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King Harry - 1977 Divided We Stand




ARTIST: King Harry
ALBUM: Divided We Stand
LABEL: Harvest
SERIAL: 1C 064-06 435
YEAR: 1977

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Al Bowery - lead guitar, bass, vocals * John Dickenson - keyboards, vocals * Tino Licinio - guitars, bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dear Matthew * 02 Can You Hear The Music? * 03 Dressed Up To Kill * 04 Endless Miles * 05 Fighting Talk * 06 You Stand Accused * 07 Keeping The Peace * 08 Grandpa's Farm


Background
Signed to the largely progressive rock label Harvest Records, King Harry released just one album before disappearing in the dust bin of British rock history. I have never been able to find much information on this trio through the internet or other resources although it seems guitarist Tino Licinio spent some time with Robert Fripp's League of Gentlemen. Tough job there, considering how difficult Fripp is to work with (rumors of course), but what of King Harry and 'Divided We Stand'?


The Songs
This is very much an album for fans of 10cc, City Boy and early Charlie. The material here is extremely well played and thought out although nothing here would lead me to believe these guys; keeping in the progressive spirit would have gained any airplay outside college and FM radio. Going back to comparisons, I would have to say 10cc is where most fingers should point simply for their use of unusual song structures and keyboards. The music is not really quirky, just different and creative. The opening cut on side one 'Fighting Talk' and two's 'Dear Matthew' are songs City Boy and Charlie will take too. Both are catchy with plenty of that mid-70's British rock vibe that still stands the test of time. 'Grandpa's Farm', 'Can You Hear The Music' and the closing 'Endless Miles' are purely for art rock fans (of which I am one) of not only 10cc, but also Supertramp, 'Trick of the Tail' Genesis and Be Bop Deluxe.


In Summary
The original album art featured a gold foiled logo, taking a page from Queen's first album no doubt, but it's clear the album failed to do anything and it used to be readily available in cut-out bins for quite a few years, in fact I still find sealed copies from time to time. 'Divided We Stand' is worth checking out for those interested in another lesser known piece of the British rock puzzle.


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#1 | misterpomp on January 07 2009 23:50:59
Dickenson had form - previously with Greg Lake in 'Shy Limbs'
#2 | trillion1999 on October 08 2011 21:32:54
Thank you very much for the review! I picked it up ASAP as soon as I had read it.clap
#3 | super80boy on December 26 2013 16:46:26
Being a fan of both City Boy and Charlie, I jumped at the opportunity to acquire this relatively obscure one off after reading your review and the review from the now defunct but much loved Robot for Ronnie blog. I very much enjoyed the creative art rock tangents. It kept the proceedings packed with sprinkles of variety. Standout Tracks: 'Fighting Talk', 'Can You Hear The Music' and the Supertramp influenced 'Dressed Up To Kill'.

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