REVIEW

 
ARGENT
BBC Sessions 1970-1972

Four songs long, and readily superceded by the official BBC package, this set nevertheless captivates as a stand-alone reminder of Argent at their most progressive peak.

The set opens with a piano and emotion-packed "Uranus," recorded for DJ Mike Harding’s show in June 1971, then folds into a radically rearranged "Hold Your Head Up," from the Bob Harris show, the following year - faster and fussier than the familiar version, it demonstrates how swiftly Argent must have tired of playing their "greatest hit" the same way every night.

A heartfelt "Rejoice," from the band’s first John Peel session (April 1972) captures Russ Ballard at his most captivating, before a funky "Liar" (from the same broadcast) wraps things up, with a reminder that Argent really could rock out when they wanted to. - Dave Thompson

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September 29, 2006