Dust Bin Prelude - How Long Is Forever
posted by April 4 at 11:15 AMon
I know what your thinking. “Is this some christian rock band?
No, not really, but I was as mistaken as you at first. Christian imagery is all over the first release by the British vocal folk-pop trio, Prelude. From songs titled, simply, God, to vague and odd christian-esque sounding ideas like the opening to the song Beauty Of The World which talks of Ceasar running through fields like the wind blowing the lace on a young girls breasts. (?)
More akin to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, (had Young the soft voice of a blonde Californian girl) then the other famous folk trio of the day, Peter, Paul and Mary, their records were released on the Dawn label in the UK. A label that was trying to compete with the likes of Vertigo for all things slightly prog and folky. There’s no prog here at all. In fact everytime I put on this album I’m transported right to the sunny beach at sunset in southern California.
Which is odd, because Prelude came from Britain. Husband and wife Brian and Irene Hume joined with Ian Vardy in 1973 to release this solid album of tunes which includes Prelude’s only American Top 40 hit, a cover of Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush.
If the lyrics are a little odd and confusing, all is forgiven after listening to the short little gems which are strewn across both sides of the album. The arrangements are simle with a little drums and electric bass added at times, but for the most part it’s a really simple and beautiful little gem. I play this one for friends at home all the time and Prelude still get the response they got 30 years ago, “Wow, this is great!… Who is it? …From the UK?… No way. Wow.”
Enjoy some nice samples at my blog.