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Typifying the excesses that have frequently been denounced in their genre, UK progressive rock band Gravy Train recorded a series of albums for Vertigo Records and Dawn Records in the early 70s bedecked in grandiose, conceptual artwork. The groups core members were Norman Barrett (vocals/guitar), Barry Davenport (drums), J.D. Hughes (woodwind/keyboards/vocals) and Les Williams (bass/vocals). Their first, self-titled 1970 album was dominated by Hughes flute melodies, which earned the group initial comparisons to Jethro Tull, as well as extended rock riffs. One of the songs, Tribute To Syd, was an obvious salute to the genius of Syd Barrett. The follow-up collection, which sold poorly, was Ballad Of A Peaceful Man. Despite its relative lack of success, many critics considered it to be far superior to the groups debut, with its complex arrangements, strong musical values and disciplined vocals attracting particular praise. Though they...