Originally released in 1970 and 1971 respectively on the Vertigo ‘spiral’ label (Polydor’s progressive rock imprint). Original copies are extremely rare, commanding prices in the collectors’ market of over £100 (GBP) each.
Cressida were a British art rock band formed at the end of the 1960’s, with a sound not dissimilar to the Moody Blues. They combined a heavy organ and Mellotron sound (courtesy of keyboard player Peter Jennings) with vocalist Angus Cullen’s singing.
Their self-titled debut is filled with hauntingly beautiful melodies and straightforward, accessible song structures.
’Asylum’ was produced by Australian Ossie Byrne, known for his production work on the first Bee Gees album.
After the band split, Ian Clark had a brief stay with Uriah Heep, and John Culley became a member of Black Widow.