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Lanzon, Phil - 2017 If You Think I'm Crazy


ARTIST: Lanzon, Phil
ALBUM: If You Think I'm Crazy
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2017

LINEUP: Phil Lanzon - lead vocals (#4, #10), keyboards * Richard Cottle - orchestration, arranger, keyboards * John Mitchell - lead vocals (#1, #3), guitars * Laurence Cottle - bass * Craig Blundell - drums * James Graydon - acoustic guitar * Sarah Jory - pedal steel, banjo * Joe Atkins - piccolo trumpet * Andy Makin - lead vocals (#2, #6, #7, #9) * Andy Caine - lead vocals (#8) * Miriam Grey, Phoebe Street, Andy Playfoot, Andy Caine - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Mind Over Matter * 02 Kelly Gang * 03 I Knew I Was Dreaming * 04 I Saw Two Englands * 05 Step Overture * 06 Lover's Highway * 07 Donna & Joe * 08 Carolin * 09 The Bells * 10 The Forest


WEBLINKS: Official Website | FB Page | CD Booklet (PDF)

Obviously with a bit of spare time up his sleeve, Uriah Heep keyboardist Phil Lanzon has delivered one of the best indie albums of 2017. The result being 'If You Think I'm Crazy', ten tracks of melodic prog that will appeal greatly to GDM readers I'm sure. Magnum fans listen up, if you're finding Brummie's finest has been lacking of late, then switch over to this album instead. Participants include drummer Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson, Frost, Pendragon), guitarist John Mitchell (Arena, Frost, Kino, It Bites) and keyboardist Richard Cottle (Charlie, Keats, Alan Parsons Project and John Parr among others). A solid line up of talent, and it shows.

The Songs
The lead vocals are shared around among four singers. Lanzon himself taking the lead on two of them. The plaintive opening of 'Mind Over Matter' with Mitchell on lead vocals builds to a dramatic crescendo over the course of six minutes. It does take awhile to build, but the journey is worth it. 'Kelly Gang' is a tale told of rural Victoria Australia, around the era of the Bushranger and the Ned Kelly Gang back in the lawless 1860's. Any interested punters should read up on the Kelly Gang on Wikipedia when you get a chance. His old homestead is a couple of clicks up from Melbourne, so I might take a weekend trip up there for a look around. Third up is 'I Knew I Was Dreaming', a track set to cruise control mostly. 'I Saw Two Englands' has a pastoral feel with a pedal steel to the fore.

'Step Overture' is pure organ overload, and is brief at a touch over 2 minutes. It's followed by the unusual 'Lover's Highway', which takes in all styles. Mostly it's symphonic prog/pop (if there is such a thing), as it has a heavy orchestrated back-end. The intro to 'Donna and Joe' features a musical jewelry box, before settling into another surge of mainstream symphonic prog. The soundscape takes yet another detour, with the lovely country flavour of 'Carolin'. The pedal steel steering this one toward Tennessee. The tail of the album features two of the strongest tracks. Firstly, 'The Bells' is solid stuff with most of the instrumentation veering toward the heavier end of the scale. The finale 'The Forest' is an ethereal 8 plus minute epic, with nature sounds, choirs etc, but it breaks wide open at the 2 minute 30 mark, with some majestic sounding passages. In some parts it could be a score for a movie!

In Summary
Phil ran a Pledge Music campaign for this, and the CD is now available from his website (link above). Though the Campaign finished up a few weeks back, Lanzon's CD is well worth supporting. Get it now, and see how far up your Top 10 or 20 list it goes!

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#1 | Carl Noonan on December 19 2017 07:31:44
Can't wait for this, I pledged for the vinyl version so will have to wait till next year but love what I've heard .
#2 | Jez on December 20 2017 18:47:03
Absolutely wonderful album. Prog, rock, pop and even a country slant on a track or 2..Superb
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