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3.62 | 26 ratings

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Visions is a very enjoyable early album from Gandalf blending a variety of modern and ancient sounds and styles. Among more usual Rock instruments such as guitars (electric and acoustic) and keyboards (analog and digital) we find for example some very appealing traditional Indian instruments like sitar and tabla which add a very interesting touch to this dreamy and atmospheric, yet melodic, music.

Like most of Gandalf's works Visions is entirely instrumental. It is also a conceptual album (though it is not so easy to determine precisely what the concept is about; but this is as it should be, with a focus on the music). It actually reminds me somewhat of Camel's The Snow Goose (mostly the calmer and more reflective moments of that album), but Gandalf relies more on Folk and traditional music than Classical/Symphonic influences and there are no drums here (though assorted percussions).

My introduction to Gandalf's music was much later albums like Gallery Of Dreams (featuring Steve Hackett) and To Our Children's Children (featuring Tracy Hitchings), and it is only recently that I am discovering his earlier albums. So far in my investigations of this interesting multi-instrumentalist from Austria, Visions is by far the best studio album I've heard from him and it is very good indeed.

Visions is an excellent place to start your journey into Gandalf's vast discography

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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