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SPACE SHANTY

Khan

 

Canterbury Scene

4.28 | 445 ratings

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Barla
5 stars Don't you know that I can fly?

Khan is a band that could've been big. They never got the recognition they deserve, maybe because they just released one album. This canterbury band mixed psychedelia with intrincate playing, and great solos by the awesome guitarist Hillage and keyboardist Stewart. There are two reasons why I love this album: one is the emotive choruses and great vocal lines from bassist/vocalist Greenwod (who sounds surprisingly similar to Ozzy at the beginning of the opener track), often accompained by awesome backing vocals; the best aspect of the album are the instrumental breaks, when the band goes technical and shows incredible composition habilities. The solos, as I said before, are breathtaking, sometimes bluesy, mellow, neo classical... The base is very solid, and I appreciate a lot the bass work from the vocalist. Hillage's feeling is great and his playing is different from what he did with Gong (btw, I prefer his playing with Khan). The music, despite its high technicality, it never sounds forced or unnatural. They're very progressive in that sense, and you can even hear some hard rock riffs into the music. All tracks are excellent, but if I had to choose my favorites that'd be the opener Space Shanty (which led me to buy the album), the soft Stranded, the spacy Mixed Up Man Of The Mountains and the extremely catchy Stargazer.

Overall, this is a gem. Very enjoyable masterpiece I recommend to every prog music lover. Sadly, they disbanded after recording this album.

Rating: 4.7/5

Barla | 5/5 |

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