The powerful cover of this late 60s epic would still win awards. The brilliant spoof of a pack of Player’s cigarettes no doubt gained extra sales, as seeing the pristine cover hanging in a record store was too much to pass on. The central theme is Keith Reid’s infatuation with seafaring tales. The title track is a gigantic slab of pomp-rock that succeeds majestically. Other strong tracks are ‘All This And More’ and ‘The Devil Came From Kansas’. Gary Brooker’s vocals could have benefitted from a more upfront mix, but minor carping aside, this is their finest album and one that is recommended.
Tracks: A Salty Dog; The Milk Of Human Kindness; Too Much Between Us; The Devil Came From Kansas; Boredom; Juicy John Pink; Wreck Of The Hesperus; All This And More; Crucifiction Lane; Pilgrim’s Progress....