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ARGENT In Deep/Nexus
Edsel MEDCD759 (45:33) (42:22) (2005)

Led by former Zombie Rod Argent, Argent the band produced some fine albums in the early 70s, The song writing partnership of Argent and guitarist Russ Ballard made an instant impact, and the success of In Deepís opener God Gave RockíníRoll To You shows that well.

In Deep, released in 1973, features some lengthy keyboard work from Argent as youíd expect, with Ballardís guitar fitting in well.

Nexus, the last to feature Ballard, is more heavily arranged, and is certainly downbeat. But the keyboard work is at its progressive best. The Coming Of Kohoutek has touches of both ELP and Deep Purple. A strong and thoroughly enjoyable set with Argentís keyboards taking control.

Argent never achieved what they should have, the these two albums are perhaps their best, so itís fitting theyíre packaged together and well annotated..


Review by Joe Geesin

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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