CONSORTIUM – It’s Not Easy

CONSORTIUM - It's Not Easy
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Although they have a history dating back to the early ’70s their 1973 recorded debut album only saw the light of day as Rebirth in 2006, over 30 years since it was recorded, becoming something of a recently uncovered time capsule of a long-forgotten era. Second album 13th Hour, followed soon afterwards.

With Consortium, who had an extensive touring resume behind them were now officially released recording artists and it was at this point that film director Chris Ray picked up “It’s Not Easy” to include as the soundtrack to his And Now Transworld Skate video and this in turn has brought the previously forgotten band to the attention of a new generation with the release of a special 7” release to mark this event.

“It’s Not Easy” with its bubbling bass line and sparkling guitar melody before the riff kicks in big time, lays the foundation to the Brian Connolly like vocals of Brian Parker. The Sweet comparisons hold further in the multi layered vocals in the chorus. Obviously, the sound is quintessentially 1970s and that’s a good thing.

B-side to the single “Evolution”, is even better. Imagine a collision of Wishbone Ash, Uriah Heep with a smidgeon of Jethro Tull and you’ll not be too far off the mark, as it’s mid-paced dark, foreboding riff hints at what could have been if the album had been released and promoted at the time.  Well it’s better late than never, as they say, to grab a bit of Consortium.

Review By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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  1. My Generaton Alive & Kicking *** The Searchers [1979], Small Faces [Playmates, 1977], Maggie Bell [1993] & Stone The Crows feat. Maggie Bell [1970]; John Hackett & Steve Hackett [1970, 1975, 2021], Consortium [1967, 2020], The Pretty Things

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