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Yezda Urfa - Sacred Baboon (CD)









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Progressive Rock (US)
Original release 1976
Re-issue Syn-Phonic 1992

YEZDA URFA biography
YEZDA URFA were one of the finest American progressive rock groups of the 70's. Sacred Baboon, of course, is a very fine album in its own right, but I prefer Boris for its more immediate intensity YEZDA URFA's brand of dazzlingly complex, YES-influenced symphonic rock is an exercise in mad genius and rare dexterity. Often played at frantic speeds, the quintet rips through long (except the banjo stomp Texas Armadillo) compositions of key and time changes like they spent every minute of those years practicing them. Reissue of this is sorely needed. One of progressive rock's last unreissued masterpieces.
Track listing
1. Give'em Some Rawhide Chewies (3:50)
2. Cancer of the Band (6:48)
3. To-Ta in the Moya (10:14)
4. Boris and His Three verses (2:50)
5. Flow Guides Aren't my Bag (4:45)
6. (My Doc Told me I Had), Doggie Head (5:02)
7. 3, Almost 4,6, Yea (8:39)

Total Time: 42:08

- Brad Christoff / drums, tubular bells, metalophone, and percussions
- Phil Kimbrough/ keyboards, accordian, mandolin, flute, recorder, vocals
- Marc Miller / bass, cello, marimba, vibes, vocals
- Rick Rodenbaugh / vocals
- Mark Tippins / guitars, vocals
Review by Steve Hegede
YEZDA URFA were another great symphonic-prog band from the late-70s American prog scene. Their two main sources of inspiration seemed to be YES and GENTLE GIANT, but they pushed those two influences to the extreme (If you think the Jon ANDERSON's lyrics were esoteric, you got to hear the lyrics on this album). Not to mention that the music here bursts with energy and invention. Marc Miller, the bassist, plays some of the most exciting bass lines ever recorded. In fact, after listening to prog rock for about 10 years, I've never heard another album with bass playing quite like this. The other musicians also offer some pretty tasty chops. Their guitarist plays using a clean Steve HOWE-influence style. The guitar-riffs are played at a frantic pace, and somehow mix HOWE's American-guitar chops with European classical influences.

If you're eager to hear a prog album that emphasizes complexity, tempo-changes, all-you-can-eat time-signatures, instrument changes in mid-song, and lyrics stranger than the writings of Tristan Dada Tzara, be sure to pick Sacred Baboon.