The second and final release for Cressida titled Asylum
(1971), was a striking improvement to their self-titled debut (1970).
It is inopportune that the band did not continue from this point forward
as I heard some intense jazz-rock fusion that never developed on their
first album. I felt the band did not reach their potential on their
maiden release; however, they did on this album, their swan song of recorded works.
The combinations of instruments used for this album made for brilliantly
textured and authoritative compositions, featuring the flute and different
keyboard configurations accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars.
The songs had an unusually long length in comparison to rock and pop
of the day, such as Munich (9:33) and their opus Let Them Come When
They Will (11:45). Soon enough this would become the standard typifying
prog-rock songs. This LP was unquestionably great prog-rock music
in its infancy, and a peak into the future for a genre and that would expand rapidly.
The album comes housed in a gatefold style LP cover with original
artwork including a big black and white picture of the band on the
inside of the cover. Although this is not a SACD or similar high-end
production, this version brings out the all of the traits and fine
points of the music quite well.
1. Asylum - 3:29
2. Munich - 9:33
3. Goodbye Post Office Tower Goodbye - 2:51
4. Survivor - 1:34
5. Reprieved - 2:39
1. Lisa - 5:08
2. Summer Weekend Of A Lifetime - 3:26
3. Let Them Come When They Will - 11:45