As Your Mind Flies By

Artist: Rare Bird
Label: ABC Records
Catalog#: ABCS-716
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-11
A1 What You Want To Know 5:55
A2 Down On The Floor 2:36
A3 Hammerhead 3:29
A4 I'm Thinking 5:36
B1 Flight Part 1 : As Your Mind Flies By 9:46
B2 Flight Part 2 : Vacuum 3:16
B3 Flight Parts 3+4 : New York + Central Park (Medley) 6:33

Design [Sleeve Design] – John Pasche
Drums, Vocals – Mark Ashton
Electric Piano, Keyboards [Assorted] – David Kaffinetti*
Engineer – Brian Stott*
Lead Vocals, Bass Guitar – Steve Gould
Organ, Keyboards [Assorted] – Graham Field
Photography By – Roger Brown (5)
Producer, Written-By, Arranged By – Rare Bird

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Rare Bird was part of the original Charisma Records stable of Tony Stratton-Smith. Formed in 1969, the original lineup was built around two keyboardists, Graham Field and Dave Kaffinetti, who added Steve Gould on bass and vocals, and Mark Ashton on drums. Their first self-titled album was released in late 1969 and featured classically-inspired organ rock, best demonstrated in the track “God Of War”. But “Sympathy”, released as a single, rose to No. 27 in the UK charts and sold a reputed million copies world-wide. Rare Bird’s next album, the wonderfully titled As Your Mind Flies By, is generally regarded as a prog rock classic. Continuing the direction of their previous album, “What You Want To Know” opens and one thing is instantly clear: Gould’s soul-tinged voice is powerful yet untamed; to wit, the short “Down On The Floor” aches with overwrought emotion. “Hammerhead” offers a model not at all unlike labelmates Van Der Graaf Generator or Genesis. Underneath, the band performs perfunctory prog rock: driven by Field’s organ and the excellent rhythm section of Gould and Ashton, Kaffinetti’s piano adds a distinct color. “I’m Thinking” furthers it, offering an even more detailed arrangement. The second side is encompassed by the album-side long track “Flight”. Again, it’s a veritable archetype that stands up to any of their contemporaries: driving rhythm, plenty of organ, slightly chaotic digression, and a gloriously ostentatious finale; though why the vocals on “Central Park” sound like a tortured Greg Lake is anyone’s guess. Prior to their third (and largely underrated) 1972 album Epic Forest, Field and Ashton would depart, the former releasing one eponymous album of heavy organ rock as Fields, with Andy McCulloch, previously of King Crimson.
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