As Tully were actually a quite laid-back styled band with strong psychedelic and rural sources of inspiration, the abscence of a drummer resulted to an album with a Library Music atmosphere at moments, which still holds some great music quality.The concept of a soundtrack release helped the band explore some new territories outside their ordinary fields and they really shined in most of the displayed pieces, which contain jazzy and pre-New Age touches among the standard psychedelic and folky moods.Michael Carlos and Richard Lockwood appear to be the main leading instrumentalists, providing dreamy organ and atmospheric synth lines (the first) and a great, flexible use of flute, sax and clarinet (the second) in ethereal and imaginative soundscapes.A trully atmospheric album, which obtains even a nice lyrical value via Shayna Stewart's nostalgic vocals (tunes from first-period RENAISSANCE come to mind).As expected, ''Sea of joy'' is often driven by the acoustic guitars of Colin Campbell, but the music easily escapes from the typical sound of Psych/Folk bands of early-70's.Some Classical piano preludes, some nice jazzy work on wind instruments and the versatile execution of Michael Carlos on keyboards are enough to label this work as pretty daring for the time, even if its dynamics are held down.
Tully originally disbanded in 1972 after the album ''Loving is hard'', but a second incarnation was fronted by drummer Robert Taylor in Perth around 1976, when he teamed up with guitarist Andrew "Frizby" Thursby-Pelham and bassist John "Bass" Walton, in a line-up which featured also singer Bill Tahana for a short time.Reputedly this Tully formation expored more Fusion-tinged territories, but folded as well in 1978, when Walton started to deal with serious health issues.
Dreamy but original Psych/Art/Folk Rock.Not for fans of highly energetic or complex music, but definitely a priority for lovers of atmospheric, well-worked soundscapes.Recommended.
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1. Sea of Joy (Part 1)
3. Follow Me
4. Cat-Clarinet Mit Orge
6. I Feel The Sun
7. Thank You
9. Softly, Softly
10. Brother Sun
11. Down To The Sea
12. Sea of Joy (Part 2)
Colin Campbell (guitar)
Michael Carlos (keyboards)
Richard Lockwood (flute/sax/clarinet/piano)
Ken Firth (bass)
Shayna (Karlin) Stewart (vocals)
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