Ethos "Relics 1973-75" {USA} [2000] (Progressive Rock)

Firstly aoplogies are in order - 1 The ODEO samples on my other two posts are not functioning - They do in the Blog Editor so - For now I am a little perplexed.

Secondly - I was unable to get hold of decent artwork for this Ethos post.

The first Ethos album "Ardour" is excellent and sold well expecially in the UK, Japan and Germany. Here is a Prog Archives review which I agree with ...

They shared the bill with King Crimson and Gentle Giand and if you're lucky to own one of the wonderful Genesis books by Armando Gallo, you will notice that Peter Gabriel is wearing an Ethos t-shirt during their 1975 USA tour. So there's some magic around this band and their great first record! This CD (running time 62 minutes) is a compilation of four studio - and six live tracks, recorded between '73 and '75. The demo-studio tracks contain strong instrumental pieces (wonderful Mellotron eruptions, fiery electric guitar, harpsichord/electric guitar duel) with hints from Yes but the compositions sound more like a jam and at some moments a bit freaky/fragmentic. The live songs are more in the vein of Genesis featuring more variety (acoustic guitar, strings) and many Mellotron floods. The highlight is "Pimp city dream" (almost 18 minutes): a first part with a compelling bombastic climate, evoked by intricate interplay between a fiery electric guitar and moving Mellotron (a bit similar to Anekdoten), accompanied by cynical vocals. Halfway it's complete silence, followed by a Glenn Miller like piece, guitar-organ interplay and a heavy organ solo. The final part includes a fluent rythm delivering R&R guitar and bombastic organ runs. THIS IS ONE OF THE BETTER USA PROGROCK BANDS!

Track Listing:

1. Nightingale
2. Elephant Man
3. Placebo
4. Identity
5. Experimental War
6. Troilus And Cressida
7. Intrepid Traveler
8. Doing Your Duty
9. Perceptions
10. Pimp City Dream


- Wil Sharpe / acoutic & electric guitars, voice
- Michael Ponczek / mini-moog, poly-moog, hammand organ, chamberlin, rhodes piano
- Mark Richards / percussions, moog drum, micro moog, voice
- Brad Stephenson / bass, string bass, moog bass pedals, voice
- Steve Marra / vocals, bass, flute

Release Info:

Black Moon Productions 2000


  1. for Relics

    You will find an excellent copy of Ardour at a neighbouring Blog:

  2. Sorry, but link is not working.
    Yesterday, i got first Ethos in blog rare and vintage. I thank you, Zaxxon.

  3. Strange, the link works now. 391 downloads.

  4. The link was not working because i written "for relics"(error). Now, i have Ethos, "Relicis". Excellent!
    But, download is very, very slow(3, 4 or 5 hours!). Zaxxon likes Man! Hum... i don't like man. I like Man band(hahahaha).
    Thank you very much.

  5. :o)Interesting that the download is so slow - I will check and if so post elsewhere.

    Yep - The Man Band to be precise.

  6. Could you repost..the link is not working for me...