I was introduced to Salem Hill by a couple of people I met on the “Progressive Nation At Sea” cruise, and found this album, “Be” the weekend I got back to Airheadzona (gotta love Zia Records!).
Formed in 1991, this is the band’s sixth album. My first taste of Salem Hill lived up to the recommendation, an engaging mixture of Beatlesque harmonies, eighties-style rock and a lot of very decent heavier prog/rock numbers.
Influences from Pink Floyd and Gentle Giant pop up here and there along with some parallels to Kansas, though never blatantly derivative-more influence than emulation.
The musicianship is top-notch, and the songwriting excellent-there are some real jewels here.
Clocking in at over seventy minutes, there is surprisingly little filler on the dis.
Described as break away from their recent discs (more in the style of ‘Catatonia,’ which I am still looking for) with better production and stronger, more mature lyrics, this is a must have for prog fans.