Very intresting album by this symphonic band. At the time I found Sursum Corda I thought they were from italy. I was very surprised to know they were in fact americans since their sound is so close to what was being done in Europe in terms of prog rock. I guess by the time they released their debut album they stood little chance to make it, since 1977 was probably the worst year ever to do such a thing.
Is Sursum Corda the best album by Quill? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Sursum Corda by Quill (1977) Overall rank: 58,711th. Accolades: Top albums of 1977 (604th). Top albums of the 1970s (5,977th). Best albums of all time (58,711th).
Quill - 1977 - Sursum Corda/audiochecker. Tiger Blood (digipack) '2013. Hooray! It's A Deathtrip '2003. Voodoo Caravan '2001.
Quill is an american trio very much in vein of ELP, Triumvirat or Trace, same aproach to music same manner of composing. The only thing maybe diffrent from those 3 bands from above is that they release a single album in late 1977 entitled Sursum corda and re release on CD in 1993 by legendary Greg Walker from famous Syn-Phonic label. The music as I said is very up tempo in places, combned very well with slower moments, but even those particular arrangements are hammond driven, without guitar, only drums, voice and bass.
Monday, June 22, 2015. Quill - 1977 - Sursum Corda. Quill 1977 Sursum Corda. 1st album by short-lived US Prog group Quill, which is one of the greatest but sadly little known gems of the US 1970s Prog Movement, brought to life only by this CD reissue. The band also recorded another, even more ambitious project, which remains unissued to this very day. The album is a concept story in two long movements, almost entirely instrumental, performed by the three Quill members: keyboardist Ken DeLoria, bassist Keith Christian and drummer Jim Sides.
Quill - Sursum Corda. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50.
|1c||The March Of Dreams|
|1d||The March Of Kings|
|1e||Storming The Mountain|
|1f||Princess Of The Mountain|
|1g||Storming The Mountain (Part II)|
|2d||The Black Wizard|
|2f||The White Wizard|
- Organ [Hammond B2], Synthesizer [Dual Custom Moog, ARP String Ensemble], Mellotron, Harpsichord [Baldwin Electric], Piano [Steinert Grand Piano-Forte], Computer [RMI Keyboard Computer] – Ken DeLoria
- Vocals, Bass [Rickenbacker 4001], Guitar [Nylon String] – Keith Christian
- Vocals, Drums [Ludwig], Cymbal [Zildjian Cymbals], Bells [Orchestra Bells, Tubular Bells], Timpani [Tympani] – Jim Sides
Originally issued as a promotional test-pressing only in 1977: LP Cotillion SD 9017 (I). Reputedly the actual release was withdrawn.
First proper issue by Syn-phonic in 1993 was in a special LP sized gatefold cover with a custom designed CD holder insert.
The date of this standard CD package is not documented.
Track 1g is followed by the credit: *Lift Up Your Heart
|SYNCD 10||Quill||Sursum Corda (CD, Album, RE)||Syn-phonic||SYNCD 10||US||Unknown|