We were tempted to call our Top 10 Songs from The Enid list, the 10 Robert John Godfrey songs list because Robert John Godfrey is the only consistent member of the band over the group’s long history. Robert John Godfrey actually formed the band The Enid after serving as musical director for Barclay James Harvest from 1968 to 1971. The band was formed in 1973 with the musicians Robert John Godfrey on keyboards, Francis Lickerish on guitars,Nick Magnus on keyboards, Peter Roberts on vocals, Steve Stewart on guitars, bass and David Williams on bass. The band The Enid did not release their first album until 1976 entitled In The Region Of The Summer Stars. Even by the time the band had released their first album, there were many changes in the personal of the band on their first album.
The band followed up their debut album a year later in 1977 with the release of the album entitled Aerie Faerie Nonsense. Robert John Godfrey and his band mates would release one more album before the end of the seventies entitled Touch Me. The group continued to evolve in the 1980’s through more lineup changes. The 1980’s were a productive period for the band as they released the albums Six Pieces (1980), Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983),The Spell (1985), The Seed and the Sower (1986), Salome (1986) and Joined By The Heart (1987).
The Enid continued to release music in the 1990’s with the release of Tripping the Light Fantastic in 1994, Sundialer in 1995 and White Goddess in 1997. In 1999, the band disbanded. There were legal issues with record companies and other problems, but in 2010 the band began releasing music once again.
The 2010’s saw the release of Journey’s End (2010), Invicta (2012), First Light (2014), The Bridge (2015), Dust (2016) and there latest studio release Resurgency (2017). The Enid has also released many live albums starting with Live at Hammersmith (Vol. 1) recorded in 1979 and released in 1984, Live at Hammersmith (Vol. 2) (recorded in 1979 and released in 1984, The Stand (live) (1984) The Enid at Hammersmith 17 October 1986 (official bootleg) (1986) The Enid at Hammersmith 30 October 1987 (official bootleg) (1987) Final Noise (1988) Live at Town Hall, Birmingham (2010) Live with The CBSO at Symphony Hall (2012) The Bridge Show – Live at Union Chapel (2015) and Live at the Citadel (with Robert John Godfrey) (2018)
Picking ten songs from a band that has released such and abundance of materiel is no east task. Nonetheless, we have stepped up to the plate and chosen 10 songs from the band The Enid that we think will sever as a great starting point for fans looking to check out this great band.
# 10 – The Devil
We open our Top 10 songs of The Enid with the great track “The Devil.” The song was released on the band’s first album entitled In The Region Of The Summer Stars. The album was released in 1976.
# 9 – Antropy
Continuing with Enid Songs list we jump ahead to 2012 for the song “Antropy.” The song was released on the band’s Invicta album. It was the opening song on the record.
# 8 – Chaldean Crossing
The great track “Chaldean Crossing,” was released on the Arise and Shine CD released in 2009.
# 7 – Childe Roland
The Enid song “Childe Roland,” was released on the band’s second album Aerie Faerie Nonsense. The band’s sophomore album was released in 1977.
# 6 – Then There Were None
The Enid’s track “Then There Were None,” was released in 1984.
# 5 – Dark Hydraulic
The song “Dark Hydraulic was released on the First Light album. The album was issued in 2014.
# 4 – Someone Shall Rise
Someone Shall Rise was the opening track to the band’s great First Light album.
# 3 – The Grand Loving
The Grand Loving was released on the band’s second album Aerie Faerie Nonsense.
# 2 – One and the Many
Once again we return to the Invicta album on this Enid songs list for the track “One and the Many.”
# 1 – Something Wicked This Way Comes
The classic Enid song “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” closes out our Top 10 Enid Songs list. The song was released on the album Something Wicked This Way Comes. The album was released in 1993.