Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1970s 1990s 2000s


British progressive act Gracious - Alan Cowderoy (guitar/vocals), Paul Davis (guitar/vocals), Martin Kitcat (keyboards/vocals), Tim Wheatley (bass) and Robert Lipson (bass) - made its recording debut in 1968 with ‘Once In A Windy Day’, issued by Polydor Records. A second single, ‘Beautiful’, followed in 1969 when Gracious supported the Who on a national UK tour. In 1970 the group was signed by the feted Vertigo Records, for which they completed Gracious!, a bold synthesis of classic and symphonic influences, progressive hard rock and judicious use of the mellotron. ‘Fugue In ‘D’ Minor’ is representative of their mock-baroque ambitions. Davis then sang on the film soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar, before rejoining his colleagues for This Is... Gracious!! This equally ambitious set was issued on a budget-price label, which undermined the group’s music and confidence and Gracious disbanded soon after its release. Alan...

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