Unreleased second album, plus the first one, both produced by George Martin, fill the gap in the Brit rock history and place one hell of a band back on the map.
In the beginning there were two singing guitarists, Paul Gurvirz and Brian Morris, and they were the driving force behind the '60s rhythm-and-blues also-rans THE KNACK. Then, Gurvitz became Curtis and shot high with GUN, while Morris turned into Parrish and tried to become a songwriter; their friendship still was firm enough for both to drop the solo efforts started on the dawn of a new decade to join forces again. "Parrish & Gurvitz", laid down with Lou Reizner at the helm and re-cut with the Fab Four producer, was released in 1971 and showed the mellow side of Brian and Paul. The opener "Another Time, Another Day" rolling out on the West Coast-influenced harmonies with sharp middle section that sees the sensitive rhythm section of Mike Kellie and Rick Wills undepin the main men's velvet guitars, whereas adorable "Why" may have come from "Abbey Road", and "Janine" is a tremulous, folk-tinctured ballad: the term "acoustic hard rock" would be perfect for their music, especially with the "Loving You" psychedelic riff and orchestral sweep, and the hippiedom could have latched onto the "Libra" hooks if the group got what their deserved.
Unfortunately, the band didn't get it, and their second album, recorded after the US tour, has remained in the vaults - until now. What occupies the first disc of this set feels more bluesy, "Birmingham" and "Rainy Day Man" featuring the boogie piano of Micky Gallagher wouldn't have been out of place on BLIND FAITH's LP, but "One Way Street" introduces a funky brass section, and "Give It All Up" looks like an update of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale": yes, it's this deep. Why the tapes with such an emotional song as "When Evening Comes", which seems destined to have dented the charts, and with such a riff-fest that is "On My Way", were sent to be gathering dust is hard to grasp. Facing the dead end, Gurvitz and Parrish let their friends form Peter Frampton's CAMEL, and went their separate ways - Brian solo and Paul, back with brother Adrian, with THREE MEN ARMY. What's remained is an accomplished work of rare elegance, ready for re-evaluation.