BEGGARS OPERA - NIMBUS -THE VERTIGO YEARS- (2CD)

BEGGARS OPERA - NIMBUS -THE VERTIGO YEARS- (2CD)

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Label: ESOTERIC

Release date: 24/09/2012

Barcode: 5013929434349

Catalog no.: ECLEC0022343

Item ID: 375574

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a 2CD ANTHOLOGY by the classic Scottish Progressive Rock group BEGGARS OPERA. Drawing on material from the bands first four albums, recorded for the legendary Vertigo label, "NIMBUS" features 27 of the bands best tracks. Formed in Glasgow in 1969 with a line-up of RICKY GARDINER (Guitar, Vocals), ALAN PARK (Keyboards), MARTIN GRIFFITHS (Vocals), MARSHALL ERSKINE (Bass, Flute) and RAYMOND WILSON (Drums), the band signed to the newly established
progressive arm of Philips Records, Vertigo, in 1970. Their debut album, "ACT ONE" gained some success in Europe with tracks such as Poet and Peasant and Passacagalia. A successful European hit single, SARABANDE, was followed by the album "WATERS OF CHANGE", arguably their best and most successful album, and a line-up change that saw GORDON SELLAR replace MARSHALL ERSKINE on bass, and VIRGINIA SCOTT join the group on Mellotron. The record included the classic Time Machine, along with the memorable Silver Peacock and Ive No Idea.
"PATHFINDER" from 1972 was another classic album and featured a wonderful cover of Jim Webbs MacArthur Park along with The Witch and Hobo. The bands final album for Vertigo, 1973s "GET YOUR DOG OFF ME" saw further lineup changes, but included a fine cover of Mason Williams CLASSICAL GAS and saw further European success for the band. This anthology is a fine tribute to an inspiring band and has been newly remastered from the original master tapes, and features a booklet with new essay.

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