Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Life - Life After Death (1974)

UK heavy prog act, Life, are another act whose history is shrouded in total mystery. This is particularly odd since their sole album was released by Polydor Records in 1974, but sadly there's nothing I can tell you about the band's accomplishments or their post-breakup activities.

Upon first hearing this fantastic album, distinct shades of Uriah Heep come bursting forth and persist throughout each of the tracks here. In fact, their influence is so prevalent here that it can sometimes be daunting to figure out Life's true creative viewpoint. Taking Heep as a starting point, the band also brings other styles into the mix that each point to some of rock's biggest names. Whether it is just certain instruments, writing styles or entire songs, bands like ELP, Santana, Argent & Kansas (minus violin) all come to mind at certain points on this record. One must acknowledge this overbearing nod to other artists when evaluating Life's writing and perfoming talents. If you can get past the derivative nature of the music, the songs themselves are all well written and dripping with hooks. This is very well done prog influenced hard rock.

Collectors drop good money to snag this album and surprisingly no label has opted to do a reissue. To remedy that problem, enjoy this good vinyl rip and indulge yourself in one of England's most overlooked classic acts.

31 comments:

Todd said...

Even the cover is somewhat derivitive of Queen's Sheer Heart Attack. Maybe it's the "after" picture.

Ronnie (aka J) said...

I've always thought it reminded me of Heep's "Ver 'Eavy, Very 'Umble" album. I guess it's the spiderweb effect that conjures up that image in my head.

andre said...

Hello
A fine Album for me not specktakula but good.Thanks
Andre

Anonymous said...

I Like this album , thank you Ronnie

Anonymous said...

great upload!!

Anonymous said...

Great upload! ;D thanx

meatcleaver63 said...

Man I really got into this, very good stuff. One of those albums that slipped under my radar back in
the seventies.

John Sposato said...

Very macabre!

bcelic said...

Please reup.

Keith said...

Hi.. Been searching for this album for years.. Would you please repost as all links are dead... Thanks

beaugraham said...

hey i have never heard this album and would love to hear it can you repost it. someone else asked to have it reposted almost 2 months ago. thanks

beaugraham said...

ok its been over 4 months why isnt the life life after death reposted yet. please post it as soon as possible

beaugraham said...

alright what the hell is taking so long this album still hasnt been reposted lots of people have left comments to it to be put back on. LETS GET GOING!!!!!!

beaugraham said...

alright lets get this life life after death reposted right away or take it off how many coments does it take to get this thing reposted come on

J Richter said...

Beaugraham, let me make something perfectly clear to you. I don't put up with hateful pushy bullshit on my own damn blogsite. The fact that I've indulged you thus fur by posting your bossy comments is considerably more tolerant than I usually am. I DON'T OWE YOU SHIT, MUCH LESS A REPOST.

Bottom, line. I post music & hopefully someone enjoys it while it's there. Sometimes when possible I repost, however I no longer have this title. I had an external drive crash & lost 450gb of music.

Maybe a reader who has previously DL'd this title can re-up it for your sake. That's the best I can do.

beaugraham said...

there is no need to swear fair enough though i deserved that i thought id try a different approach normally i would never be that pushy at all. I thought maybe being forcefull would get you motivated to repost this album cause of course you are the only person on the net that has it had it and being that im the biggest classic rock and obscure classic rock buff on the planet i had to hear it i will keep searching. later

Anonymous said...

PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
REPOST THE ALBUM

J Richter said...

Does anyone read the comments? I DON'T HAVE THIS ALBUM ANY LONGER.

beaugraham said...

god im sorry for what i started someone else asked for a repost if he would have read you chewing me out he would see that you dont have it. man this must be one hell of an album so tell me what is it like name some bands that these guys sound like. thank you

J Richter said...

Life are very similar to Uriah Heep & maybe even Old Man & the Sea. Lots of organ & solid vocals with just enough hooks to avoid this becoming a full-blown prog wankfest. I think the demand is more a symptom of this being a rarity, as opposed to it being some lost classic. It's decent, but by no means a collector's holy grail.

beaugraham said...

yah i see what you mean the demand for something gets more attention if it is harder to find. Well thats good to know everyone now and then i will search for it another album that is super hard to find is a jazz rock band from chicago called madura have you ever heard of them???

Big clash said...

Hi Ronnie,
Is it possible repost this album?
Thanks.

beaugraham said...

i cant believe people are still asking for you to respost the life album. look what i started hey i see in your wish list you are looking for the gas mask their first album good luck its so hard to get there is one post but of course the link is broken i think im gonna buy the album and transfer it. hey can you suggest some late 60s and 70's brass horn rock bands they are hard to get let me know. thanks

beaugraham said...

ronnie hey its beau the angry life after death guy i finally got the album i got someone to send me a working link from megaupload do you want me to send you the songs via email. let me know thanks

beaugraham said...

ronnie beau again i must have screwed up when i tried to upload the album cause its gone. but ya know i listened to it its not that good. but anyway i see gas mask their first album has been posted today aug.15 on ezhevika fields blogspot it sounds great no scratches at all go get it. take care

Anonymous said...

Hi there, when i was a pre-teen in the '70's, my gran had a step-daughter who worked for a record company, so when my gran used to come and stay she always brought a stack of rock/pop promo singles over with her, many of which never became hits. (She didn't know what they were lol, but i wish i still had them now.) Anyway thanks to the net i've been re-living those times cos a lot of them can be found online on blogs like this one.

One of the singles was Woman b/w Bless My Soul by Life on Polydor. I would love to hear those two tunes again so if you're up for it ronnie beau, you can certainly email them to me. Lemme know and I'll put an email adress up here. I check here from time to time anyway cos I'm still searching for these songs.

Cheers,

Bye for now,

P. Slade

Anonymous said...

Hi Ronnie,
Great site and fantastic music. Life After Death doesn't work (anymore), could you please repair this one, that would be great:-))
Thanks and kind regards,
Hans from Holland

Progrocker said...

You can now download this fantastic rare album on the mighty Rare MP3 website

http://www.raremp3.co.uk/2010/09/life-life-ater-death-1974.html

Anonymous said...

I know a little about what happened to this band: their keyboardist Ian Gibbons later wound up in The Kinks. The album was produced by Chris White, ex-bass player of the Zombies, which I suppose accounts for the Argent similarity (Rod Argent also being an ex-Zombie).

Anonymous said...

This long deleted album is now availble on CD in a limited number of 1000. Here is a link. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LIFE-Life-after-death-CD-PRE-ORDER-/280816407679?pt=UK_CDsDVDs_CDs_CDs_GL&hash=item4161f6547f

Anonymous said...

managed to pick the Life - life after death album from ebay, this is so gooooood, full of classy guitar/organ interplay with 'die for' melodies and awesome vocal harmonies, a must for all fans of hard prog/rock.