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Polyphony  - Without Introduction... Performer: Polyphony
Album: Without Introduction...
Country: US
Released: 1971
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Prog Rock
Size MP3: 1465 mb.
Size FLAC: 1413 mb.
Size WMA: 1521 mb.
Rating: 4.3/5
Votes: 926


A1 Juggernaut 14:04
A2 40 Second Thing In 39 Seconds 1:07
Ariels Flight (15:15)
B1.1 Gorgons Of The Glade
B1.2 The Oneirocritic Man
B1.3 Gift Of The Frog Prince
B2 Crimson Dagger 7:05

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Alpha Audio
  • Published By – Egt Music


  • Backing Vocals [Back-up Vocal], Bass Guitar – Martin Ruddy
  • Cover [Cover Art], Design Concept [Concept] – Betty Cherry
  • Drums – Christopher Spong
  • Drums [Congo Drums], Timbales, Percussion – Chatty Cooper
  • Engineer [Recording Engineer] – Nick Colleran
  • Producer [Produced By] – Chuck Taylor
  • Vocals, Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar – Glenn Howard
  • Vocals, Organ, Synthesizer [Moog] – Craig Massey
  • Written-By – Craig Massey (tracks: A1, B2), Glenn Howard (tracks: A2, B1)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Runout Etching): XSY-146293-1A EH-1003-S-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Runout Etching): EH-1003-S XSY146294-1A A

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
BELLE 111874 Polyphony Without Introduction ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM) Belle Antique BELLE 111874 Japan 2011
AS008 Polyphony Without Introduction ‎(CD, Album, RE) Acid Symposium AS008 Greece 2004
OSR024 Polyphony Without Introduction ‎(LP, Album, RE, RM) Out-Sider OSR024 Spain 2014
E.H. 1003 S Polyphony Without Introduction ‎(LP, Album, RE, Unofficial) Eleventh Hour E.H. 1003 S US Unknown
CEP-011 Polyphony Without Introduction ‎(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Crystal Emporium Productions CEP-011 Italy Unknown

Polyphony, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is probably the earliest American progressive rock band. Released on the Eleventh Hour label, the cover artwork was by Betty Cherry, which was very untypical for her, as she basically did album covers for rockabilly and country artists and they were hardly psychedelic. Make no doubt the ELP influence is rather obvious. Craig Massey really goes hog wild on the organ, although he does provide some Moog. Guitar, from Glenn Howard-Palmer is more dominant than on ELP. The music is full of intense playing from all around. The ELP comparisons is more notable with the occasional Tarkus-type organ moves. Also the vocals are pretty good, but sparsely used allowing room for extended instrumental passages. Despite the ELP comparison, it's surprisingly more psych leaning than symphonic, so I imagine The Nice is another good reference. "40 Second Thing in 39 Seconds" is some weird messing about on the Moog synthesizer, but the rest of the album is full-band interaction. Unlike so many other American prog bands, like Kansas and Styx that had obvious commercial leanings, Polyphony never went that way. I got the feeling they weren't interested in scoring hit singles, and there isn't a single moment on this album that sounded like it could be a radio hit. Also this group wasn't to be confused with the UK group Poliphony who released a self-entitled album in 1973, that one was more jazz-rock/fusion and nothing to do with Polyphony. Really worth having for those who like that organ-driven prog and psych sound!
That's true too, but I mean of the keyboard-driven variety more in the ELP variety, Polyphony was likely the first, but unlike ELP, I can't call Polyphony symphonic prog. I know Touch, I own the US pressing on the Coliseum label, but blues and straight rock has itself felt (like on "Misses Teach") but the lengthier material is undeniably prog.
Though, the first American prog-rock album may be that Portland, Oregon band Touch's sole record from from 1969, on the Deram label. And obviously Zappa records from the same period are in that department.