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Sky: Vinyl Reissues album review

Album Review

Sky's vinyl back catalogue: now in stunning technocolur!

Quite whether your average, dyed in the wool Sky fan would want the band’s back catalogue on coloured vinyl is open to debate, but here it is – the band’s full back catalogue (only recently reissued on CD by Esoteric) resplendent in differing shades of coloured vinyl – Sky in blue, Cadmium in yellow – you get the drift! Aside from the novelty factor, what this set does highlight is that there is clearly still a market for the proggy classicists and their ouevre. And why not? Dismissed as a kind of dad rock act when they first appeared in 1979, mainly due to the presence of John “Cavatina” Williams, while the prog pedigree of the other bandmembers Francis Monkman, Herbie Flowers and Tristan Fry was overlooked (possibly given the fact that the UK was in the grip of new wave at the time). That, however, was largely rectified with the Esoteric series last year, with people sitting up and taking note of what great music the band actually made. The fusing of rock and classical was nothing new in the late 70s – indeed it had been the bedrock of many progressive sounds for almost a decade – but Sky popularised it – possibly aggravating the purists.

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