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Crossover Prog

3.44 | 37 ratings

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3 stars Departure

This is where Gandalf began his journey at the outset of the 80's. Journey To An Imaginary Land is a pleasant instrumental album, at times spacy; at times atmospheric bordering on ambient; and at times folky. It is however not an album of pure relaxation or New-Age like some of his later efforts, but it is also not as melodic and memorable as the follow-up album Visions.

Everything here is performed by Austrian multi-instrumentalist Heinz Strobl (aka Gandalf) who plays acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and various keyboard instruments. There are no drums on this album but the same Herr Strobl adds percussions of various kinds.

It starts out well with Departure which features tasteful marked bass lines. The folky The Peaceful Village is also a nice piece. The longest tracks, Foreign Landscape and March Across Endless Plain, tend to drag on however and they feel too long for their own good.

Overall, a pleasant start but it was not until his second album Visions that Gandalf would really come into his right.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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