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Spring

Artist: Spring
Label: RCA, Neon (3)
Catalog#: NE 6, NE 6
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1971-05
Tracklist
A1 The Prisoner (Eight By Ten) 5:35
A2 Grails 6:45
A3 Boats 2:00
A4 Shipwrecked Soldier 5:24
B1 Golden Fleece 7:00
B2 Inside Out 4:49
B3 Song To Absent Friends (The Island) 2:47
B4 Gazing 5:54
Credits

Adrian Maloney - Bass Guitar
Spring - Composed By
Keef - Design, Photography By
Pick Withers - Drums, Glockenspiel
Kingsley Ward - Engineer
Robin Geoffrey Cable - Engineer
Ray Martinez - Lead Guitar, Twelve-String Guitar, Mellotron
Gus Dudgeon - Liner Notes
Kips Brown - Piano, Organ, Mellotron
Gus Dudgeon - Producer
Pat Moran - Vocals, Mellotron

Notes

Released in a triple fold-out cover.
Recorded winter 1970 & spring 1971.
All tracks recorded at Trident Studios London, except "Gazing" and "Grail" recorded at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth.
℗ 1971 Essex Music Int.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Spring hailed from Leicester, in the Midlands of central England, and consisted of vocalist Pat Moran, guitarist Ray Martinez, keyboardist Kips Brown, drummer Pick Withers and bassist Adrian Maloney. Strangely enough, when their van broke down “somewhere in Wales,” it was none other than Rockfield Studio boss Kingsley Ward who came to their aid. Subsequently signed by the Neon/RCA label, the band recorded their eponymous album in 1971, with Gus Dudgeon producing. The opening chords of “The Prisoner (Eight by Ten)” reveal the key to the Spring sound: the gentle voice of Moran and Brown’s stately Mellotron. “Grails” features some tasty guitar licks from Martinez; but again, it’s those blasts of Mellotron halfway through that provide the edge to an otherwise melodic tune. “Boats” has a folky vibe, while “Shipwrecked Soldier” rides the marching beat of Withers’s drums. “Golden Fleece” and “Inside Out” bear down harder, with the former’s middle section offering Martinez and Brown the chance to show their chops. Throughout, the band offers a warm, gentle progressive rock, yet one completely awash in Mellotron, played by up to three members of the band. Despite an active touring schedule, attempts to get a second album together failed and the band subsequently broke up after recording only a handful of demos. But the members of Spring had good fortune. Moran became a sound engineer, most famously working at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth with Van der Graaf Generator and Rush. Withers worked as a session musician, until he became a founding member of Dire Straits in 1978.
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