If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You

The second album by Canterbury Scene band was released in September 1970. It was the predecessor to their best-known album In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971). The album is representative of the Canterbury scene genre featuring complex arrangements, organ solos, and airy melodic vocals typical of the band’s style. The album was released on Decca Records, as was the title track as a single release.

Arguably 1970 is the year prog “broke” big in the UK with albums from Van Der Graaf Generator, Genesis, Gentle Giant et al. This album skirts that movement but is essentially the distillation of a focused rock/jazz/folk scene that was prevalent in the area.

Best described as whimsical and pastoral the album tends to wander in places but there are a couple of great moments and a clear indication of what was to follow in 1971.

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