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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I was introduced to this band in college by friends and listened to it for years. I lost the CD eventually. I was listening to another band today which reminded me of the Tea Party but I couldn't remember the bands name, just a vague memory of what they sounded like.
I'm like That's IT!!! Went to Amazon immediately and DL's the album. It is truly gratifying to read these comments. I owned the studio. We were on a roll during that period , recording for Phish, Dinosaur Jr. Tea Party was a perfect match for White Crow.
The studio was one of last great analog recording studios in the Northeast U. The band's organic sound took full advantage of it. Jeff Martin was a creative powerhouse. His musical influences were all ones that I grew up with, so this was definitely my "cup of tea. The sound is 'smaller' here, but the intimate feel only adds to the otherwordly quality No question the increasingly slicker productions on subsequent CDs gave them added dimensions, but the day I first heard this, I had to check the booklet a few times to make sure this wasn't some lost masterpiece from !!
But then, they're the Einsteins who booted King's X off the label,too - at least they're consistently clueless. Loved it so much I had to buy the album. Planning to buy them all! One person found this helpful.
Although this was their very first album, it was the last album of their series that I have purchased. This is a fairly accessible album from the Tea Party, and it has a predominantly mellow and brooding vibe with some flashy moments reminiscent of Led Zeppelin. Like Led Zeppelin, the Tea Party are a true rock-fusion band that melds elements of blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Middle Eastern, and rock-n-roll, and this fusion is evident throughout this album.
Later on in their career together, they brought in more electronic and techno type flavorings yet still retained that fusion vibe they had well established earlier on. This album doesn't have a 'hit' but has more of an artistry for art's sake type of music.
While the classic rock sound has been coming back as of late, The Tea Party does it with conviction. When describing the sound of the band, the best way to compare them would be as a cross between the instrumentation of Led Zeppelin and the vocals of Jim Morrison, from the Doors.
Of course, The Tea Party has something of their own style, but a newcomer to their sound might not recognize it at first. Regardless, whatever The Tea Party does, they do incredibly well. From the Middle-Eastern tinge of 'The River' to the charming pastoral acoustics of 'Midsummer Day' to the proggy beauty of 'A Certain Slant Of Light', there is always something new being explored with the sound.
For the instrumentation, there are many Jimmy Pageisms and other Led Zeppelin inspired material here. Luckily, the songwriting and power the band maintains keeps things well worth a listen, despite the fact that this is not such an original work. Usually innovation is key to making a masterpiece, but The Tea Party does the classic rock sound so well that the album quality of 'Splendor Solis' is undeniable to me.
Great drumming and great singing during the chorus. Off and on you hear the sound of some kind of Middle-Eastern wind instrument. Great chorus which features another great riff. In the middle goes into some kind of a 'Latin' rhythm.
Later some spacey synth sounds before the song kicks back into gear. Some sitar at the end. Then full band comes in. The singing style is catchy. More intricate guitar playing. This is my favourite album by these guys but I never thought of them as being too proggy. If you like hard rock heavily influenced by Zeppelin and Middle-Eastern music, then this may be for you.