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MORE THAN JUST A SEAGULL

Gandalf

 

Crossover Prog

1.62 | 9 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
1 stars Just the seagull, please!

More Than Just A Seagull is a soundtrack recording (I don't know what it is a soundtrack for) that was released the same year as the strong Magic Theatre album. The first track is called Self-Realization and runs for over 19 minutes even though it is based on only a single, simple acoustic riff that is repeated ad nauseam over (yes, you've guessed it) sounds of the sea, including seagulls. It reminds me a bit of Mike Oldfield's Hergest Ridge which is similarly uneventful (to my ears at least). I was actually familiar with a version of Self-Realization from the live album Gallery Of Dreams Live featuring Steve Hackett (part 2). That live version is only half as long and at least twice as interesting. Hence, I much prefer the live version.

The other tracks here are similarly one-dimensional and all are performed by Gandalf alone on a multitude of (mostly acoustic) instruments. Overall, this album sounds unfinished and sketchy in comparison with his regular album output from the time.

This album can be safely passed by unless you are a Gandalf completist

SouthSideoftheSky | 1/5 |

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