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Nexus

Artist: Argent
Label: Epic
Catalog#: KE 32573
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-02
Tracklist
A1 The Coming Of Kohoutek 3:02
A2 Once Around The Sun 2:49
A3 Infinite Wanderer 3:40
A4 Love 3:52
A5 Music From The Spheres 8:10
B1 Thunder And Lightning 5:06
B2 Keeper Of The Flame 6:00
B3 Man For All Reasons 4:42
B4 Gonna Meet My Maker 4:36
Credits

Producer - Chris White
Producer - Rod Argent
Written-By - Chris White
Written-By - Rod Argent
Written-By - Russ Ballard

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Before the turn of the decade, former Zombie Rod Argent and his bassist cousin Jim Rodford drafted drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist Russ Ballard from the pop band Unit 4 + 2 to form Argent. The band clearly centered on the keyboard talents of its namesake, but also had gifted songwriters in Ballard and ex-Zombie Chris White. “Lothlorien” and the second side of 1971's Rings of Fire pointed to the progressive, but it would take the band a few more albums before they consummated that direction. Argent scored a massive hit with "Hold Your Head Up" in 1972, reaching No. 5 on both sides of the Atlantic. The accompanying album All Together Now also charted well, as did its follow up 1973's In Deep. Undoubtedly Argent was a master of the Hammond organ, and both albums were chock full of “classic rock”, albeit more on the blues-inspired end of heavy rock, with one foot in the 60s. Thus, it wasn't until 1974's Nexus that the band delivered a bonafide prog rock album. The album opens with a “celestial” suite of three instrumentals, all written by Argent and White. “The Coming Of Kohoutek” opens quite stately, before descending into a nice little vamp; “Once Around The Sun” goes majestic, with Argent’s keyboards paving the way; “Infinite Wanderer” winds up the suite playfully. Ballard’s “Love” features a tender and sympathetic vocal from Argent. “Music Of The Spheres” is the cornerstone of the album. The band descends into a killer jam, anchored the Rodford/Henrit rhythm section, then winding up with the long, hypnotic coda. The second side, written primarily by Ballard switches gears, providing a few earthier, funky numbers, like “Thunder & Lightning” and “Gonna Meet My Maker”. Despite the strong showing, the album did not chart.
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