March 25, 2020

Thomas Flinter ‎– Thomas Flinter (1978, LP, Netherlands)

Side One
1. Old Man (7:42)
2. Flinter Funk (3:47)
3. Variant (8:46)
  - Part 1 (3:46)
  - Part 2 (3:18)
  - Part 3 (3:43)
Side Two
1. Brass For Farmer T (8:40)
2. Fuga (4:17)
3. Tappster (fill another ale (6:48)

Ad Maas / keyboards, percussion, recorder, vocals
Karel De Greef / guitar, percussion, recorder, vocals
Tjin Heymans / guitar, percussion, recorder, vocals
Harry Hofmans / drums, percussion, lead vocals
Maarten Holtz / bass guitar

Thomas Flinter, named after a medieval troubadour, is another fine Dutch instrumental progressive rock band. There are a couple of vocals tracks that bookend this release. The opener seems to be a slight try for a radio hit, though at over 7 minutes - complete with complex instrumental sections - seems like an odd choice. The vocalist sings in a heavily affected baritone style and it frankly sounds goofy. The final track is a traditional, heavily rearranged and features chorus vocals. Musically it reminds me of early 70's Focus, though vocally it's closer to Gentle Giant. And, after the opener, I have to say I'm surprised by how good the vocals are here. Otherwise the album is a very fine instrumental rock album similar to Lady Lake or even some Finch, especially from "Galleons of Passion". An excellent album.


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