Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Fantasy - Paint A Picture (1972)

The story of this band started at the Chapel Farm, a farmhouse near Gravesend (Kent) were the band had their first rehearsals. It was the family home of singer Paul Petley, other musicians were Geoff Whitehorn (electric guitar), Paul Lawrence (acoustic guitar/vocals), David Metcalfe (keyboards), David Read (bass guitar) and Brian Chatham (drums), later replaced by John Webster. The lead guitar was by the promising Bob Vann but he died in a car accident, he was replaced by Pete James. The new line-up FANTASY sent a demo tape to the label Decca and changed their name in FIREQUEEN. But Polydor was also interested and they pursuaded the band to sign for them. Again the band decided to change their name, it became FANTASY, a name that fitted more to the style and flavour of the music. The debut album was called "Paint A Picture" and released in '73 (now on CD). Soon FANTASY belonged to the past, the tapes for a next album remained in the vaults of time. Fortunately the label Audio Archives released these tapes as a CD called "Beyond The Beyond". This one is an absolute beauty and it contains nine very refined compositions with warm vocals and 12-string acoustic guitars, flowing and sensitive electric guitar and lots of Hammond organ and Mellotron. The highlight on this album is the track Alexandrie (almost 9 minutes) with the Mellotron in all its splendor: majestic eruptions and beautiful waves along a typical Sixties sounding organ. A MUST! Erik Neuteboom, The NETHERLANDS

7 comments:

panos1 said...

Thanks from the deepest of my heart!
Another missing gem i found!

THANKS!

Heavy Rock said...

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for this great album! I was just about to upload it for my blog heavyrockspectacular.blogspot.com. Anyway, I have the more prolific second album with bonus tracks, i.e., Beyond The Beyond Plus on Audio Archives label. Let me tell you that this album (which was originally abandoned by Polydor) is a missing gem & has been considered as an impportant discovery in Progressive Rock genre. Excellent stuff all around. I'll share this gem asap on my blog. So, everybody including Panos1 stay tuned!

Shine On,

Anonymous said...

excellent album, i like it very much! the track "circus" is also one of my favorites! thanks a lot for sharing lisa :)

greetz,
todd

Anonymous said...

Yea, this one took about 24 hours to download and then I went rm *.rar and I have to wait another 6hours or so to get poart 2. Better off just doing rm -rf *.
Yours Truly,
The End Of The Universe
(currently crond is crunching)

Lisa Sinder said...

Even if it took you 50 hours - I don't care - go & buy the record!

Anonymous said...

tnx for this one, lisa
had one track only 3 years ago from winmx and never came upon it after
great album

MARYES said...

HELLO MY PROG FRIEND!
AFTER DOWNLOAD THE 2 PARTS OF THIS FILE, I DON'T BE ABLE TO EXTRACT.
I USALLY OPEN THIS FILES WITH THE "IZARC", BUT AT THIS TIME GET IT. PLEASE HELP-ME!!!
I MAKE USE THIS SPACE FOR RECOMMEND THE OTHER
FANTASY POSTHUMOS RELEASE
"BEYOND THE BEYOND", I TAKE THIS FROM http://rope-ladder-to-the-moon.blogspot.com/.
ENJOY!!!
I WAIT YOUR REPLY.
THANKS FOR YOUR ATTETION.
GOD BLESS YOU!!!