where is the love for GRYPHON?

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way back in the day when none of you were born but i was and so wz pashmina, gryphon were "famous" for being on all four BBC radio channels in the same week

their thing wz medieval instruments (viz SHAWM, SACKBUT and CRUMHORN) and medieval dance-forms, except to make PROG with

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 17 July 2005 21:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

by the non-medieval magic of downloading i have discovered they are less exciting than i hoped

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 17 July 2005 21:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink


Masked Gazza, Sunday, 17 July 2005 21:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink


mark s (mark s), Sunday, 17 July 2005 21:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

do they make trippy mind blowing prog or stodgy boring prog?

and might they or might they not be compared to gentle giant?

sir stephen melbourne, Sunday, 17 July 2005 22:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

they are tweer and less "jazzy" than GG

mark s (mark s), Sunday, 17 July 2005 22:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I dig Gryphon, especially "Red Queen to the Gryphon Three." That's a pretty bad ass mix of medieval polyphony and rock. Good stuff.


James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Sunday, 17 July 2005 22:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gentle giant is more eclectic and hard rocking. Gryphon is more folky, less eclectic, and considerably less hardrocking. If you took a "medieval" break out of a Gentle Giant song and extended it into a full lenght song you'd have something similar to Gryphon. Early Gryphon is almost exclusively in a medieval/renaissance/early baroque vein but with some rock bombast. "Red Queen to the Gryphon Three" is a more pronounced fusion and entirely instrumental. The stuff thereafter is more conventionally pop.

James Slone (Freon Trotsky), Sunday, 17 July 2005 22:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yes Red Queen to Gryphon Three is really good. It's like a rock symphony with four movements, and is somewhat programmatic.

Telegram Sam, Monday, 18 July 2005 00:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Midnight Mushrumps is my favorite; They should never have allowed singing. Red Queen To Gryphon Three is the only one that received a proper issue in the US (on an LP); all 4 proper Gryphon albums were licensed in Japan, and sound great. There is also at least one Richard Harbey solo LP! More Crumhorn! Not really comparable to GG, IMHO. For fans of Tom Newman's Faerie Symphony...and some Mike Oldfield albums.

SoHoLa (SoHoLa), Monday, 18 July 2005 04:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Looks like this lot are intent on a Gryphon revival...

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 18 July 2005 10:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Sometimes the 70s just were crap

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 18 July 2005 10:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That reminds me, I saw a Third Ear Band album going cheep the other day - worth it or bollix?

Dadaismus (Dada), Monday, 18 July 2005 10:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The latter, I'm afraid. Buy Pass The Distance by Simon Finn instead.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 18 July 2005 10:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i heard my first gryphon alb the other day - they're no comus

Ward Fowler (Ward Fowler), Monday, 18 July 2005 10:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I remember seeing Gryphon on Magpie. Come to think of it, I also remember seeing XTC on Magpie (Autumn 77, doing "Science Friction").

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Monday, 18 July 2005 11:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Tommy Boyd is a hip fellow when it comes to music. One night I 'phoned his old Talk Sport "Human Zoo" show and played "Kill Or Be Killed" by Bloodclat Gangsta Youth down the 'phone. He raved and thought it was the greatest record ever. "PUNK LIVES!" he exclaimed.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Monday, 18 July 2005 11:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Never heard Gryphon and I'm not entirely sure I'd like them, but Graeme Taylor is on the first few Albion Band records which are right nice in places. Was he in Spriguns of Tolgus too perhaps?

NickB (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2005 11:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(x-post)Haha no, they tehpwnzriate Comus x 1,000,000,000 no returns, not least because they didn't sing much, ugh.

Plenty of luv for GRYPHON here, obv. I like "Red Queen to Gryphon Three" best, it's always a pleasure to sit & listen to all the little parts weaving in and out of one another. It is one of my favourite albums ever. I don't much care for "Treason", but I like the other stuff, incl Richard Harvey's library music albums just fine.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Monday, 18 July 2005 11:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I'm currently in love with Red Queen To Gryphon Three and Midnight Mushrumps, they've just been reissued here actually. AND it seems they've reformed! Gryphon and Comus reformations in the same year - Gentle Giant next? Doubtful.

Matt #2, Thursday, 1 May 2008 12:49 (nine years ago) Permalink


GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 1 May 2008 13:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Gryphon and Comus reformations in the same year - Gentle Giant next? Doubtful.

Righto I've now seen both Gryphon and Gentle Giant (well, 3 of them playing under the name of Three Friends) playing amazing shows this year. Comus next weekend but it seems you have to buy a weekend ticket for £80 or something, so no.

Matt #2, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 21:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I know no-one cares about Gryphon here apart from me, but anyway someone told me mainman Richard Harvey wrote the theme music for Gerry Anderson's 1980's attempt to recreate past glories, Terrahawks. And it's true!


More Gryphon news as I get it...

The people of Ork are marching upon us (Matt #2), Saturday, 31 October 2009 12:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Sometimes I like to dance in my room to the sounds of GRYPHON

Xerox of Fate, Thursday, 2 February 2012 16:42 (five years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

If you don't like "Ethelion" (the last track on Midnight Mushrumps) I dunno what to say to you.

frogbs, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 20:19 (four years ago) Permalink

i've been playing them a bunch lately.

scott seward, Wednesday, 26 December 2012 22:47 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

"midnight mushrumps" or gtfo

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 10 February 2014 11:09 (three years ago) Permalink

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