LUCIFER'S FRIEND — Banquet

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Album · 1974

Tracklist

1. Spanish Galleon (11:58)
2. Thus Spoke Oberon (6:47)
3. High Flying Lady - Goodbye (3:43)
4. Sorrow (11:53)
5. Dirty Old Town (4:46)

Total Time: 39:08

Line-up/Musicians

- John Lawton / vocals
- Peter Hesslein / guitars and vocals
- Dieter Horns / bass
- Joachim Reitenbach / drums
- Peter Hecht / keyboards
- Herb Geller / sax and flute

About this release

1974 - Vertigo(UK)(Germany)
1974 - Passport(US)
1994 - Repertoire(Germany) CD

Thanks to cannon, progshine, 666sharon666 for the updates

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Warthur
It seems that in the process of making Banquet Lucifer's Friend must have been listening to a lot of early Santana, because opening track Spanish Galleon - one of the album's two major centrepieces - sounds uncannily like Santana's Latin-infused jazzy psychedelic rock. Although Lucifer's Friend are mainly known as trailblazers for metal, this album really isn't that heavy, but it's still a grand showcase for Peter Hesslein's guitar skills and in general offers an interesting listen which expands and builds on the sort of musical territory Santana had opened up on their first four or so albums. Not essential, but not one to overlook by any means.

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SouthSideoftheSky
Thus spoke Lucifer’s Friend

As I said in my review of the band’s third album, the Metal purist's interest in Lucifer's Friend is (probably?) limited to the band's two first albums; the Heavy Metal of the self-titled debut and the equally heavy but at the same time very progressive Where The Groupies Killed The Blues. But the present album, though no longer describable as Metal, is nothing short of brilliant! The material here is every bit as strong as on those earlier great albums but it is very different in nature. This great Prog Rock album is filled to the brim with electric pianos, synthesizers, strings and, particularly, brass arrangements in addition to the usual Rock instruments! All the instruments are exceptionally well played and the vocals are simply outstanding. The British lead vocalist John Lawton was later recruited to join Uriah Heep, but the funny thing is that several of Lucifer's Friend’s albums, including the present one, are much better and far more interesting than anything Uriah Heep ever did (with or without Lawton)!

As implied, Banquet is quite different from Lucifer's Friend’s earlier albums. This is less heavy and more jazzy (though not at all in a Jazz-Rock/Fusion way – this is still very much a Rock album. The electric guitars are more concerned with solos than riffs here. Lucifer's Friend were never content to stay within one musical style, but always preferred to move on to new territories with each subsequent album. This is one great album, severely underrated and definitely an excellent addition. The only song that might not be too interesting is the short High-Flying Lady Goodbye.

Metal fans should begin with the excellent Where The Groupies Killed The Blues and the self-titled debut, but Banquet is essential fans of Progressive Rock.

Highly recommended!

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