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Album: Stormcock
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hors d'Oeuvres
2)    Same Old Rock, The
3)    One Man Rock and Roll Band
4)    Me and My Woman
 

Album: Stormcock
# Song Title   Time
1)    Hors d'Oeuvres
2)    Same Old Rock, The
3)    One Man Rock and Roll Band
4)    Me and My Woman
 
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  • Widely considered Roy Harper's masterpiece, 1971's STORMCOCK downplays the mercurial quirkiness of Harper's earlier records in favor of a mature, sophisticated, but never stuffy or boring orchestrated folk-rock song cycle. Scored by David Bedford, the four lengthy songs mix folk, rock, and jazz elements into a subtle and understated blend not at all unlike an earthier, less spiritually preoccupied Van Morrison.
  • The centerpiece is "The Same Old Rock," a bitter anti-religion diatribe supported by a blazing extended guitar solo by Jimmy Page. Elsewhere, the swaggering "One Man Rock and Roll Band," Harper's signature tune, and the tender, beautifully arranged "Me and My Woman" show the range of emotions Harper was capable of successfully conveying. Somehow, Roy Harper was never an enormous star, but he's clearly an enormous talent.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - "STORMCOCK is still eccentric majesty, four long songs of challenge, mission and desire, sung by Harper in dark-tenor whispers and keening multitracked chorales..."

Spin (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] poetic four-part suite that merged the personal and political..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.136) - "Harper's otherworldly swirl of incisive lyricism, quick-silver melody, and gorgeous guitar technique is absolutely his own." -- Grade: A

Q (1/95, p.270) - 4 Stars - Excellent.

Uncut (p.81) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "A small stellar cast including Jimmy Page and string arranger David Bedford set about recreating the conflicts inside of Harper's head, with meditations on time, war, and self-knowledge."

Down Beat (p.71) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "STORMCOCK is rightly considered a dramatic high point in a sterling recording career....STORMCOCK is progressive in its sensibility and elegantly spare in instrumentation."

Dirty Linen (p.53) - "[T]he disc consists of four pieces that form an ambitious song cycle that seems to aspire to a universal expression of the human experience."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.75) - "[W]ith string arranger David Bedford in tow he created his masterpiece."

Blender (Magazine) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] obliquely scathing lyrics about authoritarianism and superstition, sung with tender fury and framed by delicate but muscular guitar."

Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.58) - "Harper creates a feeling of grandeur that evokes the art-rock suites of his day..."
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