"Paint A Picture" was the debut album release by England's FANTASY and represents a lovely early work of art. This 5 piece English band play a highly symphonic styled melodic progressive rock with some lovely deep mellotron and keyboards. FANTASYy were known as a song based band and this album showcases their lyrical approach to symphonic music. Instrumentally these guys were amazing with some lovely bass, guitar and drum interplay all put to the expressive and flowing vocals. Their sound is full and rich with lots of great instrumentation.
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Before reading my short review of this album, I have to admit being a bit biased. I really love this style of early English progressive rock.
The British band Fantasy released two albums in the early '70s of predominantly pastoral progressive rock. Originally called FireQueen, the group was comprised of Paul Lawrence (vocals, guitar), David Metcalfe (keyboards), and Dave Read (bass). Their first album was Paint a Picture (1973), a mellow and imaginative collection of song-based material that featured a heavy use of acoustic guitars, Hammond organs, and pianos. In 1974, the band recorded Beyond the Beyond, which was not released until 1992. The album saw the group expanding their sound into more quintessential progressive material…
Recorded in 1974 but unreleased until 1992, BEYOND THE BEYOND was the second album by classically-inspired British progressive group Fantasy, featuring "Reality" and "Worried Man."
The music on this CD represents the only remaining songs by one of Britain's finest progressive rock bands. 'Vivariatum' is their third album and spans the entire period of their career from 1970-76.