High Tide (translated from English - full water, tide) - folk / psychedelic / progressive - rock band from the UK . The group did not achieve serious commercial success, but significantly influenced the development of progressive trends in rock music and metal , being one of the pioneers of English folk and progressive rock. Sometimes songs from their two main albums (“Sea Shanties” and “High Tide”) are mentioned as the first examples of heavy metal due to the “heavy” sound characteristic of this style (for example, “Futilist's Lament”, “Nowhere”, etc. )
|Genre||Psychedelic rock |
|A country||Great Britain|
The group was founded as a quartet in 1969 by Tony Hill ( guitar , keyboards , vocals ), Simon House ( violin , keyboards), Peter Pavel ( bass ) and Roger Hayden ( drums ). The "signature" feature of the first 1969 Sea Shanties album was the musical confrontation between Hill's electric guitar and House's electric violin. There are practically no quiet places in the music of this album, the most “heavy” compositions on them were “Futilist's Lament” and “Death Warmed Up”. Stylistically, the album is a mixture of hard rock , psychedelic rock, blues , folk and jazz rock . The second album ( 1970's “High Tide”) is a bit less “heavy” and you can hear more of Hill and House keyboards on it. Shades of folk and jazz rock are more visible here.
After the release of the second album, the drummer left the band due to illness, and the band did not release new albums for 18 years. Nevertheless, the group did not formally split up and from time to time recorded new songs. The main work on the music of the group during this period was done by Tony Hill, and House, Pavel, Tomlin and Ticker participated only occasionally.
In 1989 , Hill and House reformed the group as consisting of two musicians and began to use the drum machine in music. The first result of their work was the publication in 1989 of the album "Precious Cargo" recorded back in 1970. It was an album with a bias in psychedelia without shades of hard rock. The direct result of their work was the album "Interesting Times" released in 1989. Two 1990 albums (“The Flood” and “A Fierce Nature”) were collections of unpublished material from the 1970s. In 1990, the album "Ancient Gates" was released. This was the result of the work of Tony Hill, who returned to the group of Peter Pavel (Simon House left the group), as well as guest musicians Dave Tomlin, Draken Ticker and Sushi Krishnamursi. It contained Indian shades in music. In 1992 , another album of previously unreleased songs was released - “A Reason Of Success”. In 2000 , the “Open Season” album was released, consisting of old songs by the group. Published on the Black Widow label, it is the only album released after 1970 to give an idea of the time it took to record its songs.
- Roger Hadden - Drummer
- Tony Hill ( English Tony Hill ) - guitarist , vocalist
- Simon House ( English Simon House ) - violinist , pianist
- Peter Pavli - bass player
- Drachen Theaker - Drummer
- Dave Tomlin - violinist
- Sushi Krishnamurthi - vocalist
- Android Funnel - bass player
- Sea Shanties ( LP ; Liberty LBS; 1969 ; Hayden, Hill, House, Pavel)
- High Tide ( LP ; Liberty LBS; 1970 ; Hayden, Hill, House, Pavel)
- Precious Cargo [Live Jam 1970] ( LP , live; Cobra CR; 1989 ; Hayden, Hill, House, Pavel)
- Interesting Times ( LP ; 1989 ; Hill, House)
- The Flood ( LP ; SPM / World Wide; 1990 ; Hayden, Hill, House, Pavel)
- A Fierce Nature ( LP ; SPM / World Wide; 1990 ; Hill, Ticker)
- Ancient Gates ( LP ; SPM / World Wide; 1990 ; Hill, Pavelly, Tomlin, Krishnamursi, Ticker)
- A Reason Of Success ( LP ; SPM / World Wide; 1992 ; Hill, House, Fannel, Pavel, Tomlin, Krishnamursi, Ticker)
- Open Season (2 LP , compilation; Black Widow; 2000 ; Hill, Hayden, House, Pavel, Tomlin, Fannal, Ticker)