I initially grabbed this one ’cause of its eye-popping cover, bronchitis and was pleasantly surprised to find that its contents matched the intensity of its artwork. Prog Archives sez:

Raw Material is one of those groups that could best typify the term “Proto-prog” as their early and short career produced two adventuresome albums both much worth investigating. If the debut was very uneven (having one track meandering into beatnick poetry) , this album’s strong point is that there are no weak tracks.

There’s some fine riffage on display here, as well as some Van Der Graaf Generator-inspired keyboard play, and cutting-edge (for its time) crisp-’n-clean production technique. However you slice it, they sure were way more interesting than snoozy shit like Deep Purple.

Raw Material – “Time Is…” LP (ZIP file)

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