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3 stars By the time I purchased this album sometime in 2002, I was aware on what to expect from the band that I had known since 1998: good but not essential in terms of music they produce. However, I still purchased the CD and the live DVD because I had already collected some CDs of their early album. It's actually a collection of rare tracks but to my surprise I do enjoy spinning this CD. For example the opening track "Follow Me To Salzburg" which starts something typical with their music: a long guitar solo. But interestingly this song has non linear structure where the symphonic elements flow smoothly from one segment to another. In fact, at the end of the song there is a break in symphonic style which reminds me to symphonic prog style.

It flows excellently to second track "All in One Day" which moves the music into more dynamic style with dazzling drumwork and stunning keyboard that augments the music excellently. The keyboard solo at 5:16 is really cool and YES it reminds me to IQ music, really! It's cool. The opening two tracks plus the third track "View From Above" are basically taken from the band's EP "Once Upon A Time" in 1993. The third track is also an excellent one especially in combined riffs of bass guitar and guitar plus powerful keyboard work.

The next four tracks from 4 to 7 are taken from their EP "Once or Twice" in 1996. Track 4 "This Changing Face" starts ambient with keyboard-based rhythm section augmented by guitar and powerful bass lines. When vocal enters the music, it has a bit of pop nuance but the riffs strengthen the music especially with guitar work of Gary Chandler. Track 5 "In The Dark" is faster in tempo and the song was inspired by the band members investigation on charwelton railway. The keyboard solo is really stunning and inventive.

The other tracks are demo and live versions throughout the band's career. "Hiding In The Corner" was recoded through the band's live performance at The Melkweg, Amsterdam. While "Live This Life" is rewritten and re-recorded version. "The World On Your Side" is another live version in Melkweg Amsterdam. It also contains an "Acoustic Medley" which demonstrates great acoustic guitar work by Chandler. AT the end of this CD, the band covers Alan Parson Project's famous track "Old & Wise". It's an excellent cover.

Overall, this is a very good compilation that in fact I also recommend this for newbie. You will find that the rare tracks are also good. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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