VINYL: VINYL IS IN UNPLAYED MINT CONDITION. IMMACULATE WITH NO IMPERFECTIONS.
SLEEVE: EXCELLENT + HARD CARD SLEEVE - BLANK ON THE REAR. NO PEN MARKS, TEARS.
INSERT: 4 PAGE DOUBLE SIDED TYPED PROGRAMME, HARD TO FIND WITH THIS RELEASE. THIS INSERT WAS NOT INCLUDED WITH THE INITIAL RELEASE SO ORIGIN IS UNKNOWN.
Jaffray School release written by Mike Smith and Robin Hayes. Recorded at Ginger Recording Studios. Aldridge, Staffordshire. Seriously collectable in the Prog field and especially so in this condition.
This copy bought from Mike Smith and is in unplayed, mint condition.
Richard Falk Review
Originally staged as a school concert, The Seven-Sided Dice is even better than its predecessor. Essentially, the album falls midway between Ithaca and Reality From Dream, with a full electric band sound (complete with organ, electric piano, violins and occasional fuzz guitar), and an odd stage musical/theatrical twist. The result is a quintessentially English baroque folk/rock album with a strong Moody Blues influence and a quaintly psychy atmosphere; at times, it is hard to believe the LP is not the product of some long-lost late sixties rural acid-folkies. The penultimate track ‘The Chess Battle’ adds a further twist, being a heavy experimental progressive instrumental with savage distorted guitar work and weird electronic treatments, sounding almost like an outtake from Amon Düül II’s Yeti or some similar Krautrock piece. However, the real jewel in the crown is lead vocalist Kerry Hancox, who sounds like a teenage Annie Haslam; by rights, she should have gone on to become one of the defining progressive rock singers of the eighties.