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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.76 | 72 ratings

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5 stars This is a real dream come true for collectors of rare late 60s albums. I would very strongly recommend it to anyone looking for a masterpiece in the psych prog sub-genre. Apart of that it is a very moving album which has had a strong sentimetal impact on me, and on many other people as I can see. Indeed, I have heard (and read) a lot of people saying that this one almost changed their view on rock music when they first heard it.

People (like me) looking for forgotten masterpieces of the late 60s really regard this one as second to none. All our musical phantasies are here: long mysterious tracks of the highest quality, heartfelt vocals, dreamy production and all this recorded by an obscure record company-alternative club and packaged in one of the most enigmatic covers ever (the back cover adds to the aura, too). In addition to that, the band, as well as their enigmatic leader/songwriter Miguel Sergides disappeared immediately after this testament, leaving no traces (you will find nothing else if you google them). And a special treat, as if this was not enough: the 2 bonus tracks are so good, that in the case of another LP of the era they would be worth the price of admission alone! There are great albums that get re-issued with disappointing bonus tracks, but this is definitely a different case. Thank you Arcadium, whoever you were and wherever you may be now!

I believe that reviewing each and every track in this album wouldn't be necessary. Indeed, those who have heard it know what I'm talking about and adore it, unless they are not prepared to hear something so eerie (I understand that there are reviewers who give this one a single star while they believe that, say, Neal Morse is an absolute genius, but they surely have the right to think so). The rest are, to put it this way, lucky that they have not heard it yet... because a great musical experience still lies ahead!

psychprog1 | 5/5 |


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