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Slick, Grace - 1980 Dreams

ARTIST: Slick, Grace
ALBUM: Dreams
YEAR: 1980
CD REISSUE: 2002, Si Wan (Sth Korea), SRMWP 1010 * 2013, Morello (UK), MRLL25


LINEUP: Grace Slick - vocals, piano* Scott Zito - electric guitars* George Wadenius - electric guitars* Allan Schwartzberg - drums* Neal Jason - bass* Sal Ditora - acoustic guitar * Geoff Farr - synthesizer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dreams * 02 El Diablo * 03 Face To The Wind * 04 Angel Of The Night * 05 Seasons * 06 Do It The Hard Way * 07 Full Moon Man * 08 Let It Go * 09 Garden Of Man

Grace Slick of course was the original Jefferson Airplane vocalist, later Jefferson Starship and of course, Starship in the 1980's. A rock icon for those of us of a 'certain age', but to be perfectly honest, I never cared that much for her work. Her vocals at times are shrill and she always reeked of self importance with that entire 'If you remember the 60's, you weren't there' slap on the back, nod and a wink which so many bands and artists of that era give themselves. I am sure Slick barely remembers the 70's since her bouts with alcohol and strange personality traits are well documented, even leaving Jefferson Starship mid- tour in Germany in 1978 which lead to rioting and all sorts of troubles. Her solo work has never been all that great either, in fact they are rather embarrassing works but 'Dreams' is a little bit different and worth checking out.

The Songs
You might be surprised I consider 'Dreams' to be a forgotten 'Ameriprog' classic. Yes, Grace here gives us a progressive rock album in 1980, one of the darkest years the genre has ever seen. Heavily orchestrated, and I mean heavily with influences ranging from The Moody Blues to Renaissance and The Illusion with a dash of Led Zeppelin 'Kashmir' styled dramatics. The overall feel of the album is very classical and sometimes quite dark and well, weird as with 'Seasons' where Slick deliveries a gypsy styled folk tune similar to some of Cher's early singles. The most progressive song here is 'Garden Of Man' which actually is a throw back to some of the early Jefferson Airplane albums in sound and spirit.

In Summary
Interesting stuff and one of the more unusual albums you will come across. How bad you need this in your collection is up to you.

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