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SEIZE THE DAY

Galahad

 

Neo-Prog

4.14 | 11 ratings

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kev rowland
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Crossover Prog Team
5 stars It's been a while since Galahad last released an EP, in fact it has been 20 years since the 'Voiceprint Radio Sessions' came out. I can remember listening to it in the car with Stu before a gig at King Arthur's Court, makes me feel very old indeed! So, what we have here are three songs with two versions of each. First up is an edited version of "Seize The Day", taken from 'Battle Scars', and I can see why this was chosen as at just over four minutes long this half- size version really works. It certainly doesn't feel as if it has been edited, and if someone was coming across this as an introduction to the band then they would be surprised to hear that it is normally double the length. There are some wonderful bass lines here which feature almost as a solo, and each time I hear them I see Neil in my mind's eye. The band really come together on this song, with stellar performances from everyone with Spencer and Roy doing their best not to be overshadowed by Dean and Stu, and sometimes they achieve it.

Next up is the full-length version of the same song, which to my ears is definitely the best way to hear it, but the edited version does enough to more than stand up in it's own right. Next up is a 'new' song, "21st Century Painted Lady". In fact the original version is one of Galahad's oldest songs, but the first time it featured on a recording was on the cassette 'Other Crimes and Misdemeanours', with another version appearing on the second of that series and yet another on the reissue of 'In A Moment of Madness'. Here we have a very different side of the band, acoustic and without the trans-style keyboards of "Seize The Day". The musical accompaniment works so well that the next song is the instrumental version of the same song, and it is interesting to hear yet another styling with Dean really making his presence felt and the whole song feeling quite different. Interestingly Karl Groom also adds some guitars to this track, although not quite in the bombastic Threshold manner that one often associates with him.

Then it is time to close with "Bug Eye". It is strange to think that 'Following Ghosts' is in itself some fifteen years old now, and this features the same line-up of the band that originally recorded this back then. It has been updated, with the guitar and keyboards being more clear and dynamic, and at nine minutes long is the second longest song on the EP. The honour of the longest goes to the live version of the song, which closes the EP, and at more than twelve minutes long they all have the chance to shine. Stu has always been a great live performer and there is an additional edge to his vocals that provide a great contrast to some of the softer moments. Galahad have always been a rock band first and foremost, and this shows that even with different keyboard stylings the Dorset boys are always ready to pound it when the need arises.

This is the first in a series of EPs planned for this year. I can't wait for the next one, especially when one considers that it is more than 40 minutes long! Not bad for an EP. For more details on this, plus downloads and much more visit www.galahadonline.com

kev rowland | 5/5 |

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