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Bread, Love and Dreams — Amaryllis
(Sunbeam SBRCD5027, 1971/2006, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01

Amaryllis Cover art

I suppose this fell into the progressive camp because: a) it's British and from the early 70s, b) it's folk rock; and c) there's a 21-minute title track. Let me break it to you slow: a+b+c ≠ prog. The 21-minute cut is an obvious suite of shorter folk tracks, nowhere does it give you that epic aura or some feeling of internal continuity. While bands you could compare this to – i.e. Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Caedmon, The Trees etc. – could be referred to as progressive, Bread Love & Dreams are far too derivative. A lot of their "folkiness" is derived from the US West Coast scene and their vocalist is an eerie dead ringer for Grace Slick. In fact, parts of this are laughably plagiaristic of Jefferson Airplane especially circa Surrealistic Pillow. However you look at it, the bands I compared this with are far better for this style of music. File under fair.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 2006 releases, 1971 recordings

Related artist(s): Bread Love and Dreams, Danny Thompson

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