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Monday, 7 May 2018

Driver "You Better Take It" 1980 UK Private Prog Art Rock


Driver  "You Better Take It" 1980 UK Private Prog Art Rock  
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The UK private press You Better Take It strikes me as sort of a lower-budget After The Fire Signs Of Change, combined with a hint of Gentle Giant. That puts Driver in the progressive art-rock category, and a fairly fine example of it I might add. The low-tech vibe doesn’t preclude lots of fancy synthesizers, coupled with aggressive electric rhythm guitar, bass and drums. Usually a brisk tempo with lots of lengthy instrumental passages. Nine original songs: the title track, ‘Hear I Am’, ‘Power In Me’, ‘Psalm’, ‘So They Say’, ‘Destination Zion’, ‘Like A Mirror’, ‘I’m Not Dreaming’ and ‘Marananthem’. Back cover says “This album recorded at the thaumaturgic Studio Playground Wragby as quickly & cheaply as possible.” 1000 made. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott)…..~


This UK private release is a fine example of a truly original record that crosses paths between progressive music in a clear Gentle Giant style, and late 70’s British underground punk. A fascinating mixture of styles that didn’t contribute to their sucess but that is well ahead of its time and is an amazing discovery in our time of digging out for lost records. All original tracks and reportedly only 300 made…..by…psycat….~

Little-known late-70’s band from Lincoln, UK, which released a couple of singles and a full-length album, “You better take it” (1980) for the unknown Rods label in a limited pressing of around 300 copies.Main members were bassist Robin Vega, drummer Rod Williamson, guitarists Dave Albans and Mick Leeand and keyboardists Nigel Barlow and Simon Bell.Not easy to realize that this was a pretty low-budget production, suffering from a Casio synth sound and a trully horrendous recording quality, but sometimes talent is more important than money, this is the case here for a band, which performed an original Prog/Art Rock with Punk, New Wave, pre-Neo Prog and Fusion elements, making their style unclassifiable.The punky rhythms and aggressive attitude led them compose short pieces, but even the 4-min. mark was enough for Driver to provide a wide range of influences, throwing some jazzy electric piano and proggy synth moves between the rapid rhythms and angry vocals.They were also smart enough to give space to instrumental parts with a certain 80’s feel, while the whole package is completed with the religious lyrics coming out of nowhere.Only comparable to Gizmo around the same period in my notes, but propably even more genuine….by….apps79 …~


Track listing 

You Better Take It 
Hear I Am 
Power in Me 
Psalm 
So They Say 
Destination Zion 
Like a Mirror 
I’m Not Dreaming 
Marananthem 

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