Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Titus Groan, An Obscure Early Prog Rock Outfit

Originally posted on May 15, 2008

And then there’s another group from the late sixties—an English band—that will probably never make anyone’s top 30 list—Titus Groan. They had one album, released in the states on Janus records. It is a proto-progressive outfit with guitar, bass, keys, drums, and a fellow that plays flute and oboe. They had a particular sound and when the tune was right, they sounded like nobody.

I think the album is available on CD; I still have it on vinyl. When they were good, they were very good. Some cuts are duds though. If they ever had a second album (I don’t think so), it would have been interesting to see if they matured. How many groups only got that one shot then, and now? Here’s to that chance. May musicians make the best of it!

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