Medusa (Trapeze album)

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Medusa
Studio album by Trapeze
Released November 1970 (1970-11)
Recorded 1970 (1970) at Morgan Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 40:18
Label Threshold
Producer John Lodge
Trapeze chronology
Trapeze
(1970)
Medusa
(1970)
You Are the Music...We're Just the Band
(1972)
Singles from Medusa
  1. "Black Cloud"
    Released: 1970 (1970)

Medusa is the second studio album by English hard rock band Trapeze. Recorded in 1970 at Morgan Studios, it was produced by The Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and released in November 1970 by Threshold Records. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Black Cloud" in 1970.

Background[edit]

Following the release of Trapeze's self-titled debut album Trapeze in early 1970, lead vocalist John Jones and keyboardist Terry Rowley left the band, leaving guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Dave Holland to continue as a trio.[1][2] Four of the seven songs on Medusa were written by Galley and his brother Tom, two were written by Hughes, and one was written by the trio.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Critical reception for Medusa was generally positive. A review published on AllMusic awarded the album four and a half out of five stars, with writer Jason Anderson describing the album as "the finest offering from '70s outfit Trapeze" and "one of the decade's most underappreciated hard rock recordings".[2] Anderson praised Hughes's "soulful vocal delivery" and Galley's "catchy and affective" guitar performance, concluding that "it's a wonder that the record isn't mentioned more when influential albums of this era are discussed".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Black Cloud"   Mel Galley, Tom Galley 6:13
2. "Jury"   M. Galley, T. Galley 8:10
3. "Your Love Is Alright"   M. Galley, Glenn Hughes, Dave Holland 4:54
4. "Touch My Life"   M. Galley, T. Galley 4:06
5. "Seafull"   Hughes 6:34
6. "Makes You Wanna Cry"   M. Galley, T. Galley 4:41
7. "Medusa"   Hughes 5:40

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Trapeze - A Brief History (1969–1994)". Glenn Hughes. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d Anderson, Jason. "Medusa - Trapeze". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ Medusa (Media notes). Trapeze. Threshold Records. 1970.