MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

THE LOAD

Symphonic Prog • United States


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Load picture
The Load biography
This powerful Columbus, Ohio trio was formed in 1973 by bassist/guitarist Dave Hessler (OSIRIS, THE DANGER BROTHERS) and brothers Sterling (keyboards) and Tommy (drums) Smith. In time, Hessler built himself a double-neck guitar with a bass on the bottom and six strings on top, while Sterling acquired a Minimoog synth, allowing him to switch from bass to synth. Doing mostly American prog with classical influences, they gigged locally for a couple of years and became part owners of Owl Studios and Owl Records, allowing them to record their first LP at their own pace in 1976, "Praise the Load". Their second effort, "Load Have Mercy", recorded a year later, was quickly shelved and wasn't to be released until it appeared on CD in 1996. They then relocated to Los Angeles, spent the next two years working as session musicians (mostly with The BEACH BOYS) and by 1979, they called it quits and returned to their native Ohio.

"Praise the Load" offers a mix of conventional rock numbers with classical influences, featuring nicely crafted keyboard parts and complex themes in the tradition of KING CRIMSON, YES, ELP and REFUGEE. After 18 months of carefully remixing multi-track tapes of new material, the superior "Load Have Mercy" came out, a much more personal album showing less of their influences. Also classically inspired, it contains lots of dynamic interplay between the trio; Tommy Smith, in particular, is a percussive powerhouse while Hessler treats the listener to some aggressive, earbending solos.

Their second album in particular is a true sonic workout for any sound system and is highly recommended, especially if you're into classic ELP, REFUGEE, THE NICE or TRACE.

: : : Lise (HIBOU), CANADA : : :

THE LOAD MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

THE LOAD forum topics / tours, shows & news


THE LOAD forum topics
No topics found for : "the load"
Create a topic now
THE LOAD tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "the load"
Post an entries now

THE LOAD Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to THE LOAD

Buy THE LOAD Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
METALLICA Load CD 14 Track (5326182) GERMAN Vertigo 1996 USD $6.63 Buy It Now 2h 5m
Lock N' Load - Progressions Into Trance - Lock N' Load CD 3WVG The Fast Free USD $14.48 Buy It Now 2h 24m
Abbey Load [Explicit] USD $5.95 Buy It Now 2h 29m
LOCK N LOAD cd single ( sleeve & cd only) BLOW YA MIND 3 track mixes used USD $3.97 Buy It Now 2h 57m
Eddy Malm Band Northern Lights CD new Heavy Load USD $14.99 Buy It Now 3h 2m
CD METALLICA "LOAD". New and sealed USD $9.78 Buy It Now 3h 21m
Bootyjuice-Power Load CD NEW USD $17.01 Buy It Now 3h 53m
METALLICA LOAD CASSETTE TAPE VERTIGO HOLLAND 1996 USD $16.58 Buy It Now 4h 40m
BECK - MIDNITE VULTURES LP 1999 ORIG BONG LOAD GTF JK ODELAY INDIE w/ insert USD $199.99 Buy It Now 4h 58m
Metallica / A Load Of Singles ORG LTD 500 8CDBOX Poster Rare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! USD $499.99 Buy It Now 5h 4m
MANDRAKE - BREAKING OUT CD pre-WITCH CROSS RARE PRIVATE METAL/HEAVY LOAD USD $4.99 [0 bids]
5h 29m
Metallica - Re-Load [New CD] USD $15.80 Buy It Now 6h 8m
CHARLES,RAY 7" vinyl...FEELIN' SAD/CARRYING THAT LOAD...ATLANTIC...VG...'63 USD $6.75 Buy It Now 6h 24m
Mutations by Beck (CD, Nov-1998, DGC/Bong Load) USD $1.49 Buy It Now 6h 28m
Mutations by Beck (CD, Nov-1998, DGC/Bong Load) USD $0.99 [1 bids]
6h 58m
Re-Load - Metallica 075596212625 (CD Used Like New) USD $17.46 Buy It Now 7h 15m
FRANKIE CARLE "A CARLE LOAD OF HITS" RCA LPM-2148 USD $7.99 Buy It Now 7h 27m
Load Blown - Black Dice (CD Used Very Good) USD $9.81 Buy It Now 7h 29m
Jr Walker & The All Stars - Holly Holy / Carry Your Own Load 7" single USD $3.97 [0 bids]
7h 44m
10 pack - CBG Top-Loader 45RPM Record Single Top load Holders - Cardboard Gold USD $14.95 Buy It Now 7h 52m
Heavy Load-Heavy Load - Love Revolution CD NEW USD $11.26 Buy It Now 8h 2m
Load Up Worship CD 2003 by Marcus Kenny; Jeremy Pearsons USD $13.86 Buy It Now 8h 18m
FRANKIE CARLE REEL TO REEL"A CARLE-LOAD OF HITS" 7 1/2 IPS 4 TRACK TESTED SHOWN USD $14.95 [0 bids]
8h 22m
METALLICA CD Album LOAD Orig 14 Metal Trax 1996 EXCELLENT Cond UNTIL IT SLEEPS USD $3.32 Buy It Now 8h 27m
CRISTIAN VOGEL - SHOE RENOUNCE SOUL / SARCASTICALLY TEMPERED POWERS 1999 LOAD 53 USD $2.64 [0 bids]
8h 32m
Puscifer Money Shot: Your Re-Load Clear Vinyl 2LP Set USD $45.13 Buy It Now 8h 38m
Load [PA] by Metallica (CD, Jun-1996, Elektra (Label)) USD $11.95 Buy It Now 8h 41m
Blow Ya Mind 12in Vinyl (Lock 'N Load - 2000) DOS 126 (ID:14867) USD $4.65 [0 bids]
8h 52m
LELAND SCOTT - Share The Load / I'm Still Standing There PROMO 1970 Pop Rock 7" USD $2.99 Buy It Now 9h 9m
COURTNEY BARNETT-2LP ORANGE VINYL-SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK+D'LOAD ETC-M/UNPLAYD USD $61.08 Buy It Now 9h 9m
Wonderful Rainbow by Lightning Bolt (CD, Feb-2003, Load) Free Shipping USD $7.89 Buy It Now 9h 16m
Capleton "Ton Load" and Mr. Flash "Jah Is Faithful" Digital-B Records Reggae Imp USD $2.99 Buy It Now 9h 32m
Wide Load Bread and Butter & The Jamestown Ferry 45 RPM USD $1.50 Buy It Now 9h 51m
BLACK DICE - LOAD BLOWN USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $7.94 Buy It Now 10h 57m
Sasha Siem-Proof(7inch D/Load) VINYL NEW USD $15.74 Buy It Now 11h 6m
HEAVY LOAD - LOVE REVOLUTION * USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $8.89 Buy It Now 11h 8m
BLACK DICE - LOAD BLOWN USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $7.53 Buy It Now 11h 9m
THE WURZELS - LOAD MORE BULLOCKS USED - VERY GOOD CD USD $20.48 Buy It Now 11h 45m
Metallica - Load - 1996 Elektra - 3.17 USD $6.99 Buy It Now 12h
Metallica - Re-Load [New CD] USD $18.80 Buy It Now 12h 25m
(CR718) Boo! Ere Cop A Load Of This - 1992 CD USD $6.63 Buy It Now 12h 27m
BLACK DICE - LOAD BLOWN NEW CD USD $11.37 Buy It Now 12h 49m
METALLICA RE-LOAD 13 TRACKS NICE CD USD $7.99 Buy It Now 12h 59m
HEAVY LOAD - LOVE REVOLUTION * NEW CD USD $11.25 Buy It Now 13h 12m
JR. WALKER & ALL STARS 45 Holly Holy / Carry Your Own Load - NM USD $7.00 Buy It Now 13h 12m
BLACK DICE - LOAD BLOWN NEW CD USD $10.86 Buy It Now 13h 13m
Various Artists : Lock and Load CD (2006) USD $4.00 Buy It Now 13h 52m
THE WURZELS - LOAD MORE BULLOCKS NEW CD USD $23.81 Buy It Now 14h 2m
BARBAROSSA - THE LOAD NEW VINYL RECORD USD $19.29 Buy It Now 14h 24m
Assphixxxeatateshun by White Mice (Vinyl, May-2008, Load) USD $22.30 Buy It Now 14h 34m
THE LITTER - L OVER LOAD [EP] NEW CD USD $15.16 Buy It Now 14h 37m
METALLICA / Load cd made in Venezuela USD $5.32 Buy It Now 15h 5m
METALLICA Japan CD with OBI, LOAD USD $22.99 Buy It Now 15h 15m
ELLIOTT SMITH Figure 8 LP COKE BOTTLE SMOKE Bong Load SEALED Vinyl /2016 swirl USD $40.00 [0 bids]
15h 35m
Mindstore/Lightning The Load (Marina / MA 20) CD Album USD $15.30 Buy It Now 15h 52m
METALLICA - Load [New CD] - Blackened Recordings USD $11.95 Buy It Now 16h 22m
Kinetic-Get Your Heavy Load Off My Pack Mule CD NEW USD $16.22 Buy It Now 18h 34m
albert king truck load of loving lp 1976 vinyl album USD $4.00 [0 bids]
18h 50m
BECK ODELAY - BONG LOAD BL30 - US Limited 180g ORG Vinyl LP w/ Poster (1996) USD $72.99 Buy It Now 19h 30m
Laywah-Lock & Load CD NEW USD $20.19 Buy It Now 21h 32m
HEAVY LOAD Metal Conquest CD+2 BONUS RARE USD $29.99 Buy It Now 22h 14m
BEATALLICA - ABBEY LOAD [BONUS TRACK] [LIMITED EDITION] NEW CD USD $28.01 Buy It Now 23h 13m
Lock n Load - Blow Ya Mind 6 Track CD Single USD $5.46 Buy It Now 23h 56m
Black Flag Presents: LOAD 'EM UP - Promotional/Demo CD - New, Still Sealed USD $5.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Slacker Scared 12" Loaded Records 1996 LOAD 43 DJ USD $10.61 Buy It Now 1 day
Satellite 'Lighten Up The Load' 3-track enhanced CD (2002) USD $3.97 [0 bids]
1 day
USED (GD) Re-Load (1997) (Audio CD) USD $7.04 Buy It Now 1 day
Meat Loaf "For Crying Out Load / Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad" 1977 Epic 7" 45 USD $6.25 Buy It Now 1 day
Aces Load`d-The Dealer CD NEW USD $10.12 Buy It Now 1 day
NEW Money Shot Your Re Load (Audio CD) USD $21.98 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA -12" x 12" Display Card (Flat) Load USD $7.95 Buy It Now 1 day
45 RECORD 7"- RAY CHARLES - CARRYING THAT LOAD USD $3.75 Buy It Now 1 day
Beck ?Midnite Vultures Bong Load Records Vinyl LP Limited Edition, 180 Gram USD $132.00 [14 bids]
1 day
Ray Charles R&B SOUL 45 Carrying That Load / Feelin Sad USD $11.98 Buy It Now 1 day
7": Imaginary Visions - Drop Your Load - Deep Funk - DF7002 USD $6.96 Buy It Now 1 day
Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band - Lock And Load (Double CD Single) USD $5.30 [0 bids]
1 day
METALLICA Load PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Ride The Lightning 011 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Ride The Lightning 011 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Ride The Lightning 011 USD $6.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Ride The Lightning 011 USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA The Memory Remains PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Load 009 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA The Memory Remains PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Load 009 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA The Memory Remains PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Load 009 USD $6.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA The Memory Remains PHOTO Print POSTER Reload Load 009 USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load/Reload PHOTO Print POSTER Death Magnetic 017 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load/Reload PHOTO Print POSTER Death Magnetic 017 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load/Reload PHOTO Print POSTER Death Magnetic 017 USD $6.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load/Reload PHOTO Print POSTER Death Magnetic 017 USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load 1996 UK Tour PHOTO Print POSTER Corrosion Of Conformity 023 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load 1996 UK Tour PHOTO Print POSTER Corrosion Of Conformity 023 USD $4.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load 1996 UK Tour PHOTO Print POSTER Corrosion Of Conformity 023 USD $6.63 Buy It Now 1 day
METALLICA Load 1996 UK Tour PHOTO Print POSTER Corrosion Of Conformity 023 USD $19.90 Buy It Now 1 day
Denis Leary - Lock 'n Load [P.A.] (CD 1997) USD $1.31 [0 bids]
1 day
(HN489) Satellite, Lighten Up The Load - DJ CD USD $3.97 [0 bids]
1 day
CAROLE KING PREMIUM BEST Japan CD new sealed 17 trks ESCA-7712 Carry Your Load USD $49.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Reese Neal - Lighten Up My Load [CD New] USD $15.62 Buy It Now 1 day
Reese Neal - Lighten Up My Load [New CD] USD $22.32 Buy It Now 1 day
Metallica - Load (Parental Advisory, 1996) USD $1.26 [0 bids]
1 day
METALLICA - Load (Original CD, Jun-1996, Elektra Records) USD $4.79 Buy It Now 1 day
IJahman Jah Heavy Load 7" Rare Pic Sleeve Dutch Reggae 4$SHIPPING USD $18.99 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy THE LOAD music online Buy THE LOAD & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
THE LOAD has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

THE LOAD discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

THE LOAD top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.88 | 24 ratings
Praise The Load
1976
4.05 | 24 ratings
Load Have Mercy
1977

THE LOAD Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

THE LOAD Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

THE LOAD Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

THE LOAD Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

THE LOAD Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Praise The Load by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.88 | 24 ratings

BUY
Praise The Load
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The Load from USA was and is a quite unknown band in prog circles. Formed as atrio in 1973 releasing one album (if I don't count the later archival release from 1999) in 1976 named Praise the load and disbanded and gone into oblivion in 1979. Anyway this album is far from being bad, at least for me, I don't know why is so low rated, really. This is the type of prog dominated by keyboards, moog and synth in purest mid '70s tradition with classicla influences not far from ELP, Refugee, Greenslade or Yes tradition. I like that the album is quite dynamic in most of the parts with nice interplays between musicians, specially the keybordist Sterling Smith who has some spectacular parts on opening instrumental 11 min piece Fandango, quite great for my ears, the rest is also more then ok. All in all Praise the load was gone unotticed, even has some good moments on it. For me solid 3 stars for sure, maybe 3.5 stars in places, for the excellent opening track.

 Praise The Load by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.88 | 24 ratings

BUY
Praise The Load
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by debrewguy
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

1 stars Praise the Load & pass on the CD. Unless you're head over heels in love with the B3 & vintage synths, this will be no more than a pleasant experience at best. Fandango, starts off the album in a decent manner, but it quickly becomes a case of where did I hear this before ? Flyaway slows things down ,with a rather formulaic prog melody, with a mid-piece that reminded me of a very bad Klaatu outtake. we will flyaway, indeed, if only they'd found a way to make this song rise above mediocrity. As they repeat the chorus ad nauseum, I would be driven crazy if not for the magic of remote controls. Brandenburg # 3 is, as can be expected a version of a Bach tune. ELP made a career out this, and more than one ELP wannabe built overly long careers re-interpreting classical music. The better ones, though , know that they have to bring something new to the table. Otherwise, why not just listen to the London Philharmonic or Glenn Gould play the stuff ? Dave's A Song starts off with a 60s type of organ riff that morphs into an electric piano jam with just bass & drums as backing. At the 4 minutes mark, I thought it was going to turn into an early Kansas riff due to the keyboard sound, but that didn't last. It goes back to a generic jam that most semi-advanced garage bands could pull off. Even the ending guitar solo is nothing to write home about. some nice noodling. The Betrayal - continues the lack of originality and lack of interesting music. Songs like these must be what anti proggers would use to illustrate this genre's reliance on a set of formulaic chord changes & vocals. Plus lyrics that would get a C in grade 9 poetry classes ! And then, we come to another classical music remake. Did I say that some groups really don't help themselves by pulling this schtick ? At one point, I thought that I was back in the 70s at our local skating rink , and that they were about to play Herb Alpert lonely Bull . We now get to the bonus tracks. Sit Down stands out only for words that recall a bit ( a very little bit) of Kevin Gilbert's lyrical bent on Shaming of the True (vis a vis the music industry) She calls my name - My God, is it followed by the words please please stop playing !

This is really not a treasure, and the only value, would be as a collectible. I would hazard a guess that the rarity of the LP is owed mostly to the fact that most of the buyers didn't bother to keep it around, and it probably found its' way to the curb for garbage pickup in the few neighbourhoods where someone had it. One of those albums where you just wonder ...

 Load Have Mercy  by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.05 | 24 ratings

BUY
Load Have Mercy
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by hdfisch
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This had been second output by forgotten US band The Load which actually didn't see any release before it had been reissued on CD in 1996. Originally recorded in 1976 the 8 tracks are revealing a type of bombastic, classically (or by Christian religious music) inspired keyboard-driven Prog in the vein of ELP (or rather The Nice). Although sounding quite nice and as well being played very well I must say that this kind of music sounds rather dated for the time of its creation, moreover at times directionless and a bit of wishy-washy as if the musicians couldn't make up their mind whether they like to play Christian hymns, classical, blues, boogie or rock. Most of the tracks are instrumental which is a good thing since Sterling Smith's vocals aren't as impressing as his organ play dominating them. Every now and then there is a nice moog solo or some harpsichord. The music is mostly kept in an up-tempo pace with a solid rhythmic section provided by bass and drums with a couple of more quiet sections. On the occasion of first release of this record the band reunited in 1994 and recorded the bonus track "Eitel's Lament" fitting stylistically very well to the rest of the album. To sum up my review I would say that "Load Have Mercy" is a nice however quite dated record more in a proto-Prog vein which could be recommended if at all to fans of keyboard-driven instrumental Prog. Good enough for a solid 3-star rating!!
 Praise The Load by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.88 | 24 ratings

BUY
Praise The Load
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by ClemofNazareth
Special Collaborator Prog Folk Researcher

3 stars This album strikes me as a collection of semi-serious musings by a couple of seventies Midwest suburbia kids who either spent a lot of their free time at the Lowry Organ & Piano store in their local mall, or maybe snuck some time in on their church’s Wurlitzer after services. The seventies Midwest suburbia types is pretty much accurate; not sure where they cut their musical teeth. In any case they undoubtedly listened to a lot of seventies keyboard music back then, and I suspect they had some classical training as well.

This is a pretty entertaining record, although getting your hands on the original vinyl release would be pretty difficult. Fortunately the album was reissued on CD in the nineties, and that one isn’t very hard to find. There are basically two types of tracks here – keyboard-crazed instrumentals, and keyboard-crazed instrumentals with vocals. The lineup is a trio consisting of brothers Tom and Sterling Smith, plus guitarist Dave Hessler. Apparently Sterling Smith has subsequently made a career of session work, no surprise since his keyboard skills are readily apparent all over this album. The other two have appeared as part of “America’s Favorite Party Band” the Danger Brothers for the past quarter-century. So they’ve managed to make a living in the industry, albeit not playing this type of music. But they have this and one other early recording and their memories, which is nice I suppose.

The opening track “Fandango” is an eleven minute instrumental featuring what sounds like acoustic guitar, slightly syncopated and lively drumming, and a whole cornucopia of Hammond and synth keyboard passages that are pretty entertaining and kind of impressive for the skill of Sterling Smith’s fast fingers if nothing else.

“Flyaway” features more detailed keyboard work and electric guitar, well done except for the harmonized and uncredited vocals which are quite dated-sounding and kind of pithy in their lyrics. This one sounds like a hundred different forgotten seventies bands, but wouldn’t have been too bad on the radio back then.

“Brandenburg #3” is another instrumental, mostly keyboards, and quite a bit shorter than “Fandango” but with the same kind of lively tempo. Smith seems to favor string synths, which is okay since he plays them quite well.

The Hammond and some electric piano are featured on “Dave’s ‘A’ Song”, and this is the one that reminds me of those Lowry organ showrooms in the malls back in the seventies. Peppy tempo, light and lively progressions, but not a whole lot of substance. This clocks a little over seven minutes but actually seems a lot longer than that.

There’s a short blast of the “William Tell Overture” included which is almost all organ, with a few synth flourishes for good measure. Heck, why not?

The longest and probably most ambitious track is “The Betrayal”, an eleven minute blend of funky bass, light guitar, and almost jazzy drum work. Again the featured instruments are the various keyboards, although they are a bit more subdued here. I think this is some kind of religious-themed song, but the lyrics are a little hard to follow since they almost seem like an afterthought added once the instrumental tracks had been laid down. Again the vocals are very dated, but wouldn’t have been out of place thirty years ago when this was recorded.

There’s two ‘bonus’ tracks on the CD version, which is probably the only version anyone who doesn’t already own this is likely to find. Both are pretty good. “Sit Down” reminds me a bit of “Fandango” with its twangy guitar, off-beat drumming, and Wurlitzer-like keyboards. The lyrics are just silly, which probably explains why this one didn’t make the original release.

“She Calls My Name” sounds like a cross between the Nice and the Beach Boys circa the mid-seventies. Not a bad song, but nothing special.

Like I said, this is a pretty entertaining album, and the keyboard work is excellent. This isn’t an essential piece of progressive history or anything, but makes for a decent novelty piece on a symphonic rock collection. For American prog fans this one probably gets an extra star for its decidedly Styx-meets-Church-lady keyboard passages. I’d say three stars, almost 3.5, is accurate.

peace

 Praise The Load by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1976
2.88 | 24 ratings

BUY
Praise The Load
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by akraten

5 stars First of all, I am surprised - there is still no one reviewed this amazing album before. The Load is keyboard driven blend of symphonic progressive rock generally in the vein of ELP, REFUGEE, early Rick Wakeman and Rick Van Der Linden (TRACE/EKSEPTION) very slightly touched by "American prog influence" that "infected" such American's bands as Kansas, Starcastle, Fireballet. The main feature is definitely virtuosity of keyboardist Sterling Smith using huge variety of keyboard units from Hammond organ to string synthesizer (that makes The Load's uniqueness), however exciting bass lines by Dave Hessler and very effective drumming by Tommy Smith create excellent support. The tracks very crafted primary instrumental numbers with complex themes influenced by baroque era of classic music. Some tracks are even arrangements namely Rossini's William's Tell Overture and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto. The entire album conceptual masterpiece underrated at the time, creates unique touches of medieval spirit . Their second afford "Load Have Mercy" (recorded a year later wasn't release until it appear on CD in 1996) generally in the same direction, just more space for Dave Hessler guitar's passages that interplay with trademarked keyboard's overwhelming. The original LP issued by Owl Records is pretty hard to find, it is appears on Ebay auction from time to time for the price of $100 and up. The Japanese CD contains two bonus tracks that nicely suites to the album conception. I offer it with five starts rating without any doubts, I wish could give them more! Both albums are absolutely essential and highly recommended for all progressive fans, especially those who mostly appreciate keyboard domination. Alexander Kratenko - Ukraine
 Load Have Mercy  by LOAD, THE album cover Studio Album, 1977
4.05 | 24 ratings

BUY
Load Have Mercy
The Load Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Forgotten Band

--- Uhm . while RADIOHEAD is now the most famous band in this beloved website where many reviewers have given their say about "how prog the band is with OK Computer", and now am reviewing the band that is very "unpopular" at all (to my knowledge, at least) in the prog arena or any other arena. So, I have to be prepared for not becoming popular because I have not jumped into Radiohead bandwagon yet - therefore, no one would want to read this review. Nevermind, Gentle Giant did their bold efforts for not being popular in their music direction. Indeed, they succeed with their own way for not being popular. That's exactly what I want to do with this very unpopular band (and therefore "underrated") that, indeed, deserves detailed review. My ultimate goal is to help you in making decision to purchase the CD. Well, I have no financial interest at all with The Laser's Edge, but I feel obliged to review this well deserved album!! Go get the CD now! You won't regret!

I would consider this band as forgotten band of the seventies as very few knew them. Even the CD on my hands now was basically found by my prog-mate, Andy Julias, "by accident" from one of our local record stores down here in Jakarta, Indonesia. THE LOAD was a band that started in Columbus, Ohio, in March 1973, and conducted its career in California in 1980. They were partners in Owl Recording Studios, from which they released their first album "Praise The Load" in 1976. "Load Have Mercy" was the second of three albums the band recorded. (source: CD sleeve note). [My personal thanks to Max that has promptly put this album in this site].

THE LOAD music is a blend of Procol Harum, Uriah Heep, ELP, Kansas, and Rick van der Linden (Trace). Aha! When I mention these names, now it rings you a bell about sort of music these guys are playing hah? Hold your thought for a second. Don't misunderstand my statement as if you listen to the band by yourself, you may "partially" disagree with my statement. There are heavy influences of classical music in this album and bit of classic rock music. For my personal taste, this album is really excellent and I will tell you why on track by track basis. Hope that you don't get bored with it. You don't have to read this detailed review, just purchase the CD!

Mobilized opens the album with an excellent rock instrumental with electric guitar taking the lead of the music, combined with Hammond organ / clavinet D6. The tune starts off with a soft Sterling Smith's Hammond organ accompanied with an acoustic guitar fills. The style of Sterling's play is a blend of Ken Hensley and Procol Harum's keyboard player. The inclusion of clavinet D6 sounds in some transitions has enriched this track. The stunning electric guitar work played by Dave Hessler reminds me to the style of Procol Harum's, it's just much more rocking in this track. There is a segment where I can see the influence of "I want You" by The Beatles. Overall, this track is excellent and very satisfying my mind!

One is Gone is a very short track (1:46) but it's very nicely composed. It's performed in medium tempo with powerful vocals & backing vocals in happy mood, accentuated excellently by the Hammond sound. The short solo combining Hammond and piano is really really (I mean really!) excellent! It's enjoyable and accessible to any music buffs.

Something Suite (instrumental) opens with a common song familiar to my ears as it has been played by many bands including Marillion at the opening of "Margaret" live version track. Sorry, I don't know exactly, but it seems to me like a British traditional tune. When it reaches minute 1:35 - is now the time for the band's composition to play. The Hammond organ has again done a marvelous job in this track. Having explored the sound of Hammond, electric guitar takes wonderful solo. At the end of guitar work, Tom Smith does his fantastic solo drumming. Wow! What a dynamic tune this one is.

Richter Scale (hmm . the title seems so scary for me personally - it's a scale that is used to measure the magnitude of earthquake and tsunami that's just happened recently in my country). This is another fantastic song beautifully crafted by the band. It combines the improvised works of guitar, bass and clavinet. When Hammond takes part in solo work at the middle of the track, it's really killing me. It's then combined with a simple (but nice!) piano touch in classical music vein. The tempo turns faster at the end, accompanied with short drum solo. Oh my God! These guys are really geniuses!!!

Interstellar Debris (instrumental)starts of with a keyboard work; the music flows unexpectedly with a very nice texture. The rhythm section has repeated chorus but it's not boring because keyboard and guitar fill in the transitions and interlude. Some musical passages remind me to Babe Ruth music, especially "First Base" album.

The Narrows (instrumental) starts with a bass solo that at first bar almost mislead me to the opening bass line of "I Am A Camera" (Yes "Drama"). But it's not the case as when the music flows with Hammond organ takes the melody, it's different. The clavinet solo during interlude is played in a jazz music vein. The combination of drumming and guitar works is fantastic!

Choices opened with a church organ followed with a voice line and percussion. It's a short track that welcomes the next wonderful track.

Too Much To Believe is an epic that opens with a soft organ work followed by full music crescendo with unique singing style at voice line. I like the rhythm section of the opening part which is dominated by organ sound - bit of Ken Hensley style. At approx minute 3:00 the music enters into a passage where soft bass guitar play accompany solo organ, augmented with soft drumming. This segment reminds me to Kansas. The organ solo is soooo fantastic and it can bring me to the journey to the "other world". Oh mannnn ... I love it very much! What makes me happy is that this nice piece performed relatively long. It then flows to a pure (without any other instruments played) organ / clavinet solo with classical music influence. It reminds me to the work of Rick van der Linden (TRACE). Nice solo, but it may tend to bore the listeners. The music returns back to the original tagline melody. A track of my favorite!

Eitel's Lament (instrumental) kicks off with organ work augmented with a soft marching drum. The bass line brings the music in its full stream with great drumming - again, it reminds me to Kansas music. But interestingly, when lead guitar enters the music, it gives me a nuance of Procol Harum's song "Repent Walpurgis" (ugghh . wonderful track of the Harum!). The solo guitar is really stunning especially with the background of seventies style rhythm section. The inclusion of acoustic guitar work with soft organ sound (at background) in the middle of this track is a fantastic idea! Especially when the organ gradually increases its sound. That's not the end yet! When electric guitar follows in a style of "Repent Walpurgis" style, it's able to create a sort of "cry" deep in my heart (hey, I'm not exaggerating, this is real! The melody is really killing! Like Repent Walpurgis kills me, really!). The ending part is colored by amazing organ work in the vein of Ken Hensley. Wonderfully crafted track! I would doubt your "progness" (new vocabulary!) if you do not enjoy this long instrumental track! Very highly recommended!!

To conclude my long write-up that actually I don't want to end - because (I think) this album deserves 15 pages review - I would highly recommend you to purchase the CD direct from Laser's Edge. In addition to music, the sonic quality of this CD is really top notch! On rating, well . I was thinking to put in between 4 to 5 stars and indecisive on which end should I round (up or down?). Finally . having learned from other reviewers that "dare" to give Radiohead "OK Computer" with full five star rating, I'm very confident to say that this album is much better than any Radiohead!! (sorry, I don't mean to say OK Computer is not a good album, but it does not deserve 5 stars - there are some loose structured songs after Karma Police). So, I offer this album with five stars. Keep on Progging!

Progressively Yours,

GW - Indonesia.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Gentle Giant for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives