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Squire Jaco
4 stars If you enjoy the prog rock music of old and obscure U.S. bands like Hands, Yezda Urfa and Arabesque, make room for one more cd.

Over the past ten years, the six members of Pentwater have been getting together to write and record some new songs, to record new versions of some their "classics", and to decide how to restore/remaster some of their personal favorites from the 1970's that heretofore had never been released. Having only been exposed to their eponymous debut album (which I thought was just O.K.), I didn't hold very high expectations for this new album, especially given the Arabic-sounding title and the quirky cover art that includes someone looking a lot like Osama bin Laden. Fear not.

This is a very well done cd recorded with modern technology, but staying true to the vintage sounds (i.e. without using midi, computer or digital effects). Some of the older stuff that they restored/re-recorded had only existed in 8-track or cassette form before, but sounds wonderful here. There is over 60 minutes of music here with some great keyboards, an early-Bruford drum style, classic Rickenbacker bass, and multi-layered vocals that are sort of a cross between Yes and Head East. Most songs are in the 3-4 minute range, with about 4 or 5 very short (under one minute) song snippets interspersed. Personal favorites after a few listens are "Luncheon at the Parade", "Sealed in Today" (the longest song at over seven minutes), and the cover of The Nice's "The Cry of Eugene". Great liner notes get you up-to-date on the band, and describe the origins of most of the songs.

I just think this is fresher and better than a lot of the new prog coming out, and the production is excellent. I think most long-time prog lovers will find this album worthy.

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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