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music reviewmusic reviewmusic review  out of 4 Music Review: Asylum

Artist: Cressida
Genre: Progressive Rock
Release Date: March 2001

Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
3 stars out of 4

The second and final release for Cressida titled Asylum (1971), was a striking improvement to their self-titled debut (1970). It is inopportune that the band did not continue from this point forward as I heard some intense jazz-rock fusion that never developed on their first album. I felt the band did not reach their potential on their maiden release; however, they did on this album, their swan song of recorded works.

The combinations of instruments used for this album made for brilliantly textured and authoritative compositions, featuring the flute and different keyboard configurations accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars. The songs had an unusually long length in comparison to rock and pop of the day, such as Munich (9:33) and their opus Let Them Come When They Will (11:45). Soon enough this would become the standard typifying prog-rock songs. This LP was unquestionably great prog-rock music in its infancy, and a peak into the future for a genre and that would expand rapidly.

The album comes housed in a gatefold style LP cover with original artwork including a big black and white picture of the band on the inside of the cover. Although this is not a SACD or similar high-end production, this version brings out the all of the traits and fine points of the music quite well.

Side One

1. Asylum - 3:29
2. Munich - 9:33
3. Goodbye Post Office Tower Goodbye - 2:51
4. Survivor - 1:34
5. Reprieved - 2:39

Side Two

1. Lisa - 5:08
2. Summer Weekend Of A Lifetime - 3:26
3. Let Them Come When They Will - 11:45



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