It may be hard to believe, but this is the CD debut of this little-known, British progressive record. Released on Decca Records in 1977, the only First Aid album offer a varied, well-arranged and pompous concept album (very often recorded with studio orchestra) based on Nostradamus and his prophecies. The strongest moment of the entire record is 13-minute closing track, the real progressive monster full of inventive guitar and keyboards interplay. This memorable music will surely appeal to all fans of Camel, Yes, Strange Days and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It should be noted, that 8 years earlier drummer Dave Freeman had played (together with guitarist Allan Holdworth) in very fine, jazzy-progressive band 'Igginbottom.
The listener may be forgiven for not knowing that any Debussy "Edgar Allan Poe Operas" existed, for neither of the works recorded here was ever completed. Moreover, and you don't learn this unless you read the notes or have investigated for yourself, one of them was hardly begun. After the success of Pelléas et Mélisande in New York, Debussy was encouraged to adapt a pair of Poe's short stories for a new American production. Debussy needed little encouragement and quickly produced a pair of scenarios, but other projects intervened, and the operas were never finished. The more complete one is La chute de la maison Usher (The Fall of the House of Usher), for which there are substantial sketches and several full realizations including the one here by "creative musicologist" Robert Orledge.