Red Queen to Gryphon Three

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Red Queen to Gryphon Three
Gryphon Red Queen to Gryphon Three.jpg
Studio album by Gryphon
Released December 1974
Recorded August 1974
Genre Progressive rock, progressive folk, medieval folk rock
Length 38:32
Label Transatlantic (UK)
Bell (US)
Brain (Germany)
Producer Gryphon, Dave Grinsted
Gryphon chronology
Midnight Mushrumps
(1974)Midnight Mushrumps1974
Red Queen to Gryphon Three
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Red Queen to Gryphon Three is the third studio album made by the band Gryphon. The album was released on Transatlantic Records in the UK with a blue cover, while Bell Records released the album in Canada with the cover border in black.

Red Queen to Gryphon Three is a concept album based loosely on a game of chess. The music, which frequently evokes a medieval mood, blends and alternates Baroque, Renaissance, English folk and progressive rock music styles. Themes are presented, developed and recapitulated in the fashion of classical music.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Opening Move" (Harvey, Taylor, Gulland, Oberlé) – 9:42
  2. "Second Spasm" (Taylor, Gulland) – 8:15
  3. "Lament" (Taylor, Gulland, Nestor) – 10:45
  4. "Checkmate" (Harvey, Taylor, Gulland, Oberlé) – 9:50



  • Arranged by Gryphon
  • Produced by Gryphon & Dave Grinsted
  • Recorded & Mixed by Dave Grinsted at Chipping Norton Studios, August 1974
  • All songs published by Heathside Music.
  • Organ manufactured by Ernest Hart
  • Acoustic bass manufactured by Pete Redding


  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. Red Queen to Gryphon Three at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  2. ^ Recording information at discogs

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