Leah Greenblatt
September 05, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Stormcock

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Roy Harper
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A

The phrase musician’s musician is almost as overused as the fifth Beatle. But the long-underappreciated folk-rocker Roy Harper is exactly that. On this stunning 1971 release, previously available only as an import, it’s easy to see what longtime fans (and sometime collaborators) Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin see in him. Elements of Bob Dylan, Syd Barrett, Jimmy Page, and other titans of the era frequently emerge in Stormcock‘s epic four-song cycle, but Harper’s otherworldly swirl of incisive lyricism, quicksilver melody, and gorgeous guitar technique is absolutely his own. A
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