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Gordon Giltrap


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2 stars A testament from a different time

Despite the fact that A Testament Of Time was released in 1971, it has a distinct 60's flavour. The album belongs firmly to Giltrap's early phase and his Prog days were still ahead of him at this point. Giltrap is primarily known as a guitarist, but in his early days he also sang, something that he would soon give up and concentrate on instrumental music (or occasionally hiring others to sing). He has a fine if unremarkable voice and the music found here is in a very standard folky, singer-songwriter style similar to Al Stewart and early David Bowie. There are almost no clues here of what Giltrap would go on to do from 1976's Visionary and onwards, even though Catwalk Blues showcases his virtuoso guitar playing. This number would survive in Giltrap's live repertoire and is present on various live recordings.

Today this album is of a primarily historical interest and as such is recommended only for fans of late 60's/early 70's singer-songwriter music and of course for those curious of how Gordon Giltrap sounded in his early days. The average Prog fan need not bother, but can go straight to the albums from the latter half of the 70's and the early 80's.

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