Encore is a live album by progressive rock group Argent. It was recorded in 1974 as the group toured to promote their studio album Nexus.
Argent did the opposite journey to Genesis.
Argent turned from a high class but not very successful pop rock group to progressive rock while Genesis turned their back on progressive rock and became a highly accomplished pop rock group.
Encore catches Argent very much in their prog rock phase and if you don’t like keyboards and synthesisers you should probably move along.
Argent could well have been forgotten except for the big hit single Hold Your Head Up.
There is also a BBC Radio 1 In Concert live album by Argent at a similar time but it’s difficult to find at a reasonable price.
- The Coming Of Kohoutek – 10:38 (originally from the studio album Nexus)
- It’s Only Money (Part 1) – 3:51 (In Deep)
- It’s Only Money (Part 2) – 5:14 (In Deep)
- God Gave Rock And Roll To You – 7:01 (In Deep – Kiss had a big hit with their adapted version of this song in 1991)
- Thunder And Lightning – 6:17 (Nexus)
- Music From The Spheres – 9:13 (Nexus)
- I Don’t Believe In Miracles – 3:37
- I Am The Dance Of Ages – 9:19 (All Together Now)
- Keep On Rollin’ – 5:30 (All Together Now)
- Hold Your Head Up – 11:29 (All Together Now)
- Time Of The Season – 6:42 (Rod Argent was a member of The Zombies who wrote and recorded this song)
I have a weakness for Argent because I’m immediately taken back to a memory where a friend and I visited one of his neighbours and he played their sixth album, Circus to us while telling us about seeing Pink Floyd play Dark Side Of The Moon in concert before it was released. I remember thinking “how cool was that!”
Unfortunately this live recording focuses on albums 3, 4 and 5 but I personally prefer albums 1,2 and 6. However for most fans, I think Argent probably got the timing right and this includes most of the songs people will want to hear.
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