Gravy Train - Staircase To The Day - 1974 Prog Rock 180 Grm LP

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Gravy Train - Staircase To The Day

Label: Get Back
Cat#: GET 620
re-issue of Dawn DNLH 1 from 1974
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Record: VG++
Gatefold Cover: VG+ VG++ only slight cornerwear see pic
Country: Italy
Originally Released: 1974
Released: 2002
Genre: Rock
Style: Prog Rock


A1 Starbright Starlight
A2 Bring My Life On Back To Me
A3 Never Wanted You
A4 Staircase To The Day
Bonus Track
A5 Sanctuary

B1 Going For A Quick One
B2 The Last Day
B3 Evening Of My Life
B4 Busted In Schenectady
Bonus Track
B5 Climb Abord The Gravy Train And Get On To A Good Thing

Companies etc
Recorded At – The Manor
Mixed At – The Manor
Acoustic Guitar, Guitar [Electric] – George Lynon
Artwork – Roger Dean
Bass – Les Williams
Clavinet, Piano, Organ, Electric Piano, Flute, Mellotron – John D. Hughes
Drums – Russell Cordwell
Engineer – Simon Hayworth
Producer, Engineer – Vic Smith
Vocals, Guitar [Electric], Acoustic Guitar – Norman Barrett
Recorded and mixed at Manor Studios, Oxon.

This album is by far the best thing that Gravy Train put out. Interesting instrumentation, strong lead vocals, lyrics that don't violate the Trite-O-Meter--all are made to serve the needs of the songs, which are well-conceived. This album has that early 70s British feel common to rock bands that were (at the time) reaching out for something new and were given the freedom by the record companies to see where the pursuit led.

Staircase to the Day is a more polished and professional product than their earlier albums which could have and should have been taken further. They explore different styles, from the all out rockin' jam of "Busted in..", to more peaceful ballads (Ballad of a Peaceful Man being an earlier album) like Bring My Life On Back To Me.

This track is not about a nuclear war but about the troubles in Northern Ireland and has a similar chord structure to the intro of Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd only with considerably more feeling. Norman Barrett holds everything together with his highly emotive guitar work and powerful vocals, and this, along with the keyboards which replaced the flute and sax of the other albums, makes Staircase.. a showpiece for one of rock's smaller gems.

Gravy Train - Staircase to the Day

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Gravy Train - Starbright Starlight

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Gravy Train - Evening of my life

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Format LP
Label Get Back Records