A step back in time for anyone who remembers the band from their heyday.
Evening Star (March 2006)
Mixing prog and pop, heavy folk in places, it's a decent affair that would have probably sounded out of place at the time... Well packaged, as is usual from Angel Air.
( February 2006)
After some long years
of singles and live performances, the UK band Consortium finally sees
the light of day for the first time ever of its sole album, Rebirth,
recorded around 1975...
Like many albums of its time, Rebirth stands at the crossroads of
psychedelic rock, hard rock and progressive rock. The music can be
described as a hybrid between Grand Funk Railroad and Uriah Heep: its
dirty, train-like rumble and down-to-earth lyrics (sometimes to the
point of banality as in the case of 'I Want You') resembling the
earlier, while its operatic harmonies and grandiose dimensions reminding
of the latter...
And so Rebirth is about the decades that shaped rock music being
reflected through a certain point in time. It is therefore a shame it
was not released close to its recording, as it could have established
its reputation as a pivotal album. Still, it holds most of its vitality
to this day. (8.25/10)
Maelstrom, Issue 43
30-odd years, the album finally - and deservedly - sees the light of
day. Solid guitar riffs propel their hard rock sound...
Record Collector (May
The booklet details
lots of information about the band and their career...as well as plenty
of photos...there are some wonderful harmonies, along with some fairly
Feedback (May 2006)
Led by vocalist Robbie Leggat (also known as Robbie Fair), West Coast
Consortium, as they were initially named, issued a half-dozen pop and
psychedelic singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
As members left,
Leggat soldiered on, assembling the heavier bass-drums twin-guitar
attack that toured widely without releasing any new records.
These songs represent
that lineupís studio output, revealing a style that encompasses
album-oriented pop, progressive and hard rock. Relying on his pure,
choirboy tenor, Leggat brings a beautiful edge to songs such as
'Rebirth,' 'For Me To Forgive' and 'I Want You'; with their changes in
tempo and mood, the songs suggest the pop side of early Yes, minus the
The guitarists mix pastoral folk patterns into the midst of the
nine-minute 'She Gave Me Life' before closing the opus with a blistering
dual-guitar playout. Rebirth is accompanied by a 20-page booklet filled
with photos and Keith Smithís liner notes tracing Consortiumís obscure
history by directly quoting band members.
Joseph Tortelli, Discoveries
The outstanding feature
is the harmonies, which had become the band's trademark in a way...
Classic Rock Society
...if you're into
progressive rock, flavoured with some fine pop sweeteners then you'll
want to get your hands on this 11-tracker.
Hartlepool Mail (July
proto-metal dynamics...and rock and roll energy...A little gem,
actually, that deserves to be recovered: as one used to say, better late
...heavy progressive atmosphere...the album feels like a
stately ghost from the past, fleshed out gloriously and very much alive
for all to marvel at.
Let It Rock ( www.dmme.net ) (February 2010)
Parker died in 2001 and the rest of the band, on finding these precious
recordings were determined to complete their legacy by releasing these
recordings in homage to their dead friend. There can be no finer tribute
to an old muso than this.
TNT Audio ( www.tnt-audio.com ) (February 2010)
tracks...that celebrate Consortium's mid 70's classic rock sound, so
there is a pleasant retro feel permeating throughout the album...If you
like classic rock that has elements of prog, folk and west coast
American pop you should definitely check out what Consortium has to
Ryan Sparks, Sea of Tranquility (March 2010)
Where most of
their contemporaries fumble at summoning times past as they creak back
onto the road in the 21st century, Consortium sound as credible as
creative rock force as they were in their heyday on the strength of this
Tardis of an album. Tour dates? 4/5
Peter Muir, www.getreadytorock.com (March 2010)
PROBABLY THE BEST
EVER ALBUM RELEASED BY ANGEL AIR...
I have heard every album released by this label - over 300 separate
albums in total...and this is possibly the best of the bunch. This is
prog rock at its most classy, intelligent, dynamic and clever. The songs
are superbly constructed, catchy, well written and in a league all of
their own. What is more, they sound like a fresh new band rather than a
cluster of ageing rockers! Superb!
J.McCarraher, www.amazon.co.uk (March 2010)
fond memories of the original band will have no trouble recognizing the
ingredients, a quality that renders 13th Hour a stunning addition to the
Dave Thompson, All Music Guide (April 2010)
enjoyable. It has that distinctively plodding heavy/proggy sound...and
is a wonderfully nostalgic listen
Classic Rock Society (April 2010)