Monday, February 16, 2015

Life - 1974 - A Life After Death

A Life After Death

01. Riding Around
02. Oupus
03. I Don’t Want To
04. Black Eye
05. Highway
06. Sleepless Night
07. Woman
08. Looking Out
09. Everybody’s Queuing To Be Last
10. The Plank/Devil On The River

Roger Cotton - piano, keyboards, lead guitar, lead vocals
Ian Gibbons - keyboards, hammond organ, flute, electric piano, moog, background vocals
Richard Thorpe - bass, lead & background vocals
Paul Thorpe - drums, lead vocals

This British rarity was produced by Chris White (formerly of the Zombies) and features the talents if Ian Gibons, Ian Hunter, Ken Hensley and many others. A dense mixture of hard rock and classic prog, with classy hooks and complex instrumental interplay throughout, sadly it failed to attract the critical acclaim it so richly deserved when it was originally released in the summer of 1974, but this reissue is sure to appeal to all fans of obscure progressive rock today

UK heavy prog act, Life, are another act whose history is shrouded in total mystery. This is particularly odd since their sole album was released by Polydor Records in 1974, but sadly there's nothing I can tell you about the band's accomplishments or their post-breakup activities.

Upon first hearing this fantastic album, distinct shades of Uriah Heep come bursting forth and persist throughout each of the tracks here. In fact, their influence is so prevalent here that it can sometimes be daunting to figure out Life's true creative viewpoint. Taking Heep as a starting point, the band also brings other styles into the mix that each point to some of rock's biggest names. Whether it is just certain instruments, writing styles or entire songs, bands like ELP, Santana, Argent & Kansas (minus violin) all come to mind at certain points on this record. One must acknowledge this overbearing nod to other artists when evaluating Life's writing and perfoming talents. If you can get past the derivative nature of the music, the songs themselves are all well written and dripping with hooks. This is very well done prog influenced hard rock.

Collectors drop good money to snag this album and surprisingly no label has opted to do a reissue. To remedy that problem, enjoy this good vinyl rip and indulge yourself in one of England's most overlooked classic acts.



  2. What ever happened to the Thorpe bros. Paul and Rick ?
    I used to be in a band with them in the late 60s and we toured with the Band wagon as their band.
    I heard that Paul passed away,can you confirm.