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Andreas Vollenweider


Crossover Prog

2.97 | 24 ratings

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3 stars A magical mystical journey!

I was amazed to see Andreas Vollenweider here on Progarchive. For those not familiar with him, he plays a "modified" harp which has a very cool haunting type of sound. Sort of a mild flanging or chorus, sliding effect. Like most of his albums that I am familiar with, there are other instruments blended in, such as synths, percussions, drums, guitars, sax, and vocals used as another instrument (which Andreas plays most of those himself). All done very tastefully to enhance the ride.

The compositions, on this and other albums, really do give you the feel of taking a mystical journey through some peaceful, but exciting fantasy land. Like adventuring through a Roger Dean album cover or painting. The tempo ranges from peaceful to mild prog to almost classical and jazzy tendencies.

I had discovered Vollenweider back in the late 80s on his Down to the Moon album, which I like more than this album. I wound up getting all of his albums from the 80s which I would recommend to anyone looking to explore his music. White Winds is another excellent album. With the album Dancing With the Lion, he began to explore some new directions in his music but is still excellent.

I have not listened to Andreas since the early 90s as the old media I had of his albums is long gone. Rediscovered this album by rumaging through a thrift store/flea market (a new favorite habit) and found this and it brought back some fond memories. I give this album a 3.5 star rating but will round down to 3. I almost was tempted to deduct the rating more due to this goofy album cover, just kidding!

AEProgman | 3/5 |


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