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Blonde On Blonde: Reflections On A Life (Esoteric Recordings) Out Now



3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)


The third and final album by this Welsh prog’ rock band, who hailed from Newport, formed in 1967 but moved to London a year later when they signed to Pye Records and then Ember.  

Esoteric Recordings release a newly re-mastered and expanded edition of “Reflections On A Life”, the classic 1971 album. Featuring David Thomas (vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica), Gareth Johnson (guitars), Graham Davies (bass, acoustic & electric guitars) and Les Hicks (drums).

The record followed on from the band’s debut “Contrasts” (recorded for the Pye label in 1969) and their second album, “Rebirth” (released by Ember Records in 1970). The latter also gets a re-issue by Esoteric at the same time as this third album.

Recorded at Rockfield studios in Monmouthshire in 1971, “Reflections on A Life” was a further step forward in creative terms for the band and saw them create a conceptual work for their final album. It featured a guest appearance by Kips Brown from the band Spring on Mellotron.

Original vinyl copies of “Reflections on a Life” now sell for big money to collectors. This edition has been newly re-mastered from the original Ember masters and features the original 11 tracks and one bonus track; “Sad Song For An Easy Lady,” a cancelled single version.

The booklet edition features exclusive new interviews with David Thomas and Gareth Johnson, previously unseen photographs and fully restored original album artwork.


By Christopher Weston


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