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Gryphon (album)

Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1973
RecordedMarch - April 1973
GenreProgressive rock, folk rock
ProducerLawrence Aston, Adam Skeaping
Gryphon chronology
Midnight Mushrumps
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Progplanet3.6/5 stars[2]
Prog Archives3.33/5 stars[3]

Gryphon is the debut album by the progressive rock band Gryphon. It was originally released in 1973 by Transatlantic Records.


The album was produced by Lawrence Aston and Adam Skeaping, and engineered by Skeaping and Nick Glennie-Smith. It was recorded at Riverside Recordings and Livingston Studios. The gryphon cover illustration was done by Dan Pearce.


Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Bruce Eder said: "The material is essentially progressive folk-rock, elements of jazz and swing...juxtaposed with traditional folk songs, works attributed to Henry VIII, and folk-style originals. Brian Gulland's and Richard Harvey's bassoon, krumhorns, and recorders are the dominant instruments".[1]

Track listing

1."Kemp's Jig"traditional, arranged by Gryphon3:07
2."Sir Gavin Grimbold"trad. arr. Brian Gulland2:45
3."Touch and Go"Richard Harvey, Graeme Taylor1:29
4."Three Jolly Butchers"trad. arr. Taylor3:54
5."Pastime with Good Company"Henry VIII, arr. Gryphon1:31
6."The Unquiet Grave"trad. arr. Gryphon5:40
7."Estampie"anon. arr. Gryphon4:53
8."Crossing the Styles"Taylor2:25
9."The Astrologer"trad. arr. Gryphon3:12
10."Tea Wrecks"anon. arr. Gryphon1:06
11."Juniper Suite"Gryphon4:49
12."The Devil and the Farmer's Wife"trad. arr. Gryphon1:55
Total length:37:41



The central section of "Kemp's Jig" is an anonymous Galician musical piece from the Renaissance era called "Pase el Agoa, ma Julieta". "Estampie" contains quotes from "Over the Rainbow" by Harold Arlen and "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Harry Warren. "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife" concludes with a quote from "Maple Leaf Rag" by Scott Joplin.


  1. ^ a b Gryphon at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Gryphon - Gryphon". 14 March 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Gryphon - Gryphon". Retrieved 3 November 2018.