Clouds

Vinyl Records and Rare LPs:

Clouds - Watercolour Days Watercolour Days
Prog Used - LP DES 18058 Deram
1971 Gatefold Original Still In Shrink Wrap With White Promotional Sticker. “A Significant Advance From Their Debut Album, Watercolour Days Shows Clouds Plunging Straight Into Virtuoso-Style Progressive Rock, Shedding Any Of Their Lingering Psychedelic Playfulness In Favor Of A Much More Brooding, Serious Sound. Billy Ritchie's Keyboards Are The Dominant Instrument, Even With Some Overdubbed Orchestral Accompaniment, And Their More Aggressive Sound Suits Ritchie's And Lead Singer/Bassist Ian Ellis's Vocal Capabilities. The Album's Overall Sound Is A Mix Of Organ-Centered Art Rock With Some Of The Heavy Hard Rock Sound One Expected From Deep Purple, And It Holds Together Amazingly Well On Numbers Such As "Cold Sweat" And The Title Track. The Guitar Sound -- Which Was Evident In Small Doses On Their First Album -- Is Missed Sometimes, As It Was In Concert As Well, But Ellis' Bass Work And Ritchie's Powerful Keyboard Playing More Than Fill The Gap. Indeed, Hearing This Album Anew Nearly 40 Years On, It's Even More Difficult To Understand How This Trio Didn't Find More Success Than They Did, Especially Given Their Reviews Of The Period.” – Bruce Eder, AMG... more details
 
Clouds - We Are Above You We Are Above You
Pop Colored Vinyl HH666-140 Hydra Head
2008 2LP 45rpm Yellow Vinyl Gatefold Original. Tiny Seam Split On Front Gatefold At Mouth, Hence Price. “Clouds Second Album, We Are Above You (I Laughed), Grabs Everything Each "Heavy" Band Has Pioneered And/Or Ripped Off And Blends It All Together With Raspberries And Ice And Hardcore And Other Genres Mentioned On The Cover Sticker. Licks, Yes. Breakneck Drumming, On Occasion. Howls And Hollers In Abundance. Gut-Stompers, Tambourines, Sing-Alongs And Power Chords. It's A Lot Like Legendary Demo, In That Both Are Scrubbed With Swamp Water Production -- The Guitars Sound Rusted --Through Thanks To The Multiple Distortion And Phaser Pedals, And There Are Shades Of Sloppiness, Or Rather, A Live Feel, Because The Rhythm Section Is Taut As A Tripwire, But The Songs Are Still Loose And Ready For Rockin' The Fuck Out. The Solos Aren't Technically Mind-Blowing; They're Fun, But They're Still A Blast -- You Can Tell These Guys Are Shredding For The Pure Joy Of It Rather Than To Impress Anyone.” DangerHazzard, PunkNews.Org.... more details
 

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