Trapeze (1970 album)

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Trapeze
Studio album by Trapeze
Released 1970 (1970)
Recorded 1969 (1969) at Morgan Studios and Decca Studios, London
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 40:30
Label Threshold
Producer John Lodge
Trapeze chronology
Trapeze
(1970)
Medusa
(1970)
Singles from Trapeze
  1. "Send Me No More Letters"
    Released: 1969 (1969)

Trapeze is the self-titled debut studio album by English hard rock band Trapeze. Recorded in 1969 at Morgan Studios and Decca Studios, it was produced by The Moody Blues bassist John Lodge and released in 1970 by Threshold Records. The album was preceded by the release of the single "Send Me No More Letters" in 1969.

Background[edit]

Trapeze was formed in 1969 by vocalist John Jones and keyboardist Terry Rowley, both former members of The Montanas, along with guitarist Mel Galley, bassist Glenn Hughes and drummer Dave Holland, all former members of Finders Keepers.[1][2] Shortly after forming, they were signed as the first act on Threshold Records, a label founded by The Moody Blues, and recorded their first album.[1][2] Trapeze was the only album by the band to feature Jones and Rowley, who left shortly after its release.[1][2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

Critical reception for Trapeze was generally positive. A review published on AllMusic awarded the album four out of five stars, with writer Bruce Eder focusing particular praise on Galley and Hughes, while noting that the record showed hints for the future sound of the band.[2] Eder described the style of Trapeze as "a much higher-wattage alternative to The Moody Blues", comparing the album to the work of the original lineup of Deep Purple, including Rod Evans.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "It's Only a Dream"   Mel Galley 0:42
2. "The Giant's Dead Hoorah!"   Glenn Hughes 3:33
3. "Over"   John Jones, Galley 3:38
4. "Nancy Gray"   Hughes 2:48
5. "Fairytale/Verily Verily/Fairytale"   Jones, Galley 7:40
6. "It's My Life"   Jones, Galley 2:51
7. "Am I"   Hughes 3:07
8. "Suicide"   Jones, Galley 4:51
9. "Wings"   Hughes, Terry Rowley 3:30
10. "Another Day"   Hughes, Galley, Jones 2:37
11. "Send Me No More Letters"   Rowley 4:36
12. "It's Only a Dream"   Galley 0:37

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Trapeze - A Brief History (1969–1994)". Glenn Hughes. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Eder, Bruce. "Trapeze (1970) - Trapeze". AllMusic. Retrieved January 22, 2015.