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The Flower Kings


Symphonic Prog

3.25 | 79 ratings

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Squire Jaco
4 stars Don't ignore this "best of" just because it appears to be superfluous.

I admit that I initially hesitated on this purchase. I mentally listed all the reasons that I did not need this latest Flower Kings compilation: 1.) I have practically everything they've put out over the past ten years. 2.) I actually enjoy their longer prog epics more than these shorter songs that they assembled. 3.) Shouldn't we just leave the original versions alone, shortcomings and all?

But thanks to some convincing reviews around the web, I cast all fears aside and immersed myself into 153 more minutes of re-mixed and re-mastered FK music - thankfully! This is just such an enjoyable collection; long-time fans get to hear these shorter gems in a slightly different way (one great song after another), and newcomers to the band get a fabulous introduction to the melodic style and virtuosity of the band. Roine Stolt's liner notes help both the fans and the newbies to understand the message or style that the band was trying to convey on each track, as well as what changes were made for this recording. Many pictures of the various band members populate the liner notes as well, along with the usual colorful artwork that graces all of the FK cd's.

Oh, and don't overlook their cover of Genesis' "The Cinema Show" - you want proof of just how good these musicians are?

This was a very ingenious way for the band to get some of its more accessible works out to the inquisitive public, but also to reward the avid fan with yet another affirmation of this band's wealth of ideas and talent (before their next album comes out later this year!). Buy with confidence and delight.

Squire Jaco | 4/5 |


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