Sunday, 19 December 2010

Room on Facebook

The Room page on Facebook could do with a few more friends! If you use FB click the link on the left and join the page now! Always on the look out for Room pics and memories...

Thursday, 10 June 2010

More of what others say...


‘An interesting, laudable but rather joyless set… There’s not an ounce of fun in their music, and precious little enjoyment. They’re not helped by vocalist Jane Kevern, with her sombre voice and ‘God Of War’-type lyrics. Room have clearly put a lot of thought into this album, and they make interesting use of a string and brass section, but really it’s not an album that I want to play again’ – Melody Maker, 26/12/70


To a first-time listener this might sound like a vindication of everything rude that’s ever been said about progressive rock: songs in different parts, dense arrangements, unexpected time changes, heavy orchestrations, unorthodox female vocals… but it’s absolutely worth persisting with. The musicianship is stupendous, with some of the most dextrous drumming and howling guitar on any such record, and the best of the songs are right up there with the best in the genre. The epic title track, which opens the album, has some truly staggering interplay, ‘Andromeda’ and ‘War’ are ambitious and exciting, and the closing ‘Cemetery Junction’ builds to a magnificent climax. Few bands managed to sound so heavy alongside an orchestra, and the lack of keyboards makes this an unusual entry in the prog pantheon. The only weaker moments come with the bluesy ‘Where Did I Go Wrong?’ and jazzy ‘Big John Blues’, which the band apparently didn’t want on the album anyway. Frustratingly, their signature piece, ‘Vehicle’, was apparently recorded at the session but never released, and remains lost to this day. Room were from Blandford in Dorset, and got a recording contract after coming second in Melody Maker’s 1969 talent contest (the winners were Ginhouse). (RMJ)

Monday, 26 April 2010

Review from December 1970

Richard Morton Jack has found and kindly emailed this review from "Music Now" from 5 December 1970:

Friday, 22 January 2010

The Ritz

The Ritz at Bournemouth was one of the important "stepping stones" for Room. A lucky break in the summer of 1969 led to a kind of residency which saw Room supporting many of the visiting "big names" allowing the band to listen and learn from their more established peers. The Bournemouth Evening Echo has published a very interesting article about the Ritz at:
which is well worth a look for those who remember the clifftop venue.