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Colin Tench Project - Hair In A G-String (Unfinished But Sweet) CD (album) cover


Colin Tench Project


Crossover Prog

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5 stars Track Part 4B - Don't miss it! The title of the album is a take of Bach's Air on the G-String. While (Unfinished but sweet) is often described in classic music sheets unfinished suite. This album as a whole, one can't help but think of Alice Cooper's UNFINISHED SWEET musical landscape with explosion of colors taking you to Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, to James bond sexy spy thriller, from the Beatles fun filled tunes and harmonies, to Nino Rota's latin musical scores, evolving to a dramatic opera with all the trimmings giving you Queen with Vangelis crescendos.

Hair In A G-String opens with Part 1 - The Opening - Stunning, stunning, song! Acoustic guitars, piano, keyboards, electric guitars lead in to "it's time to start the show, sit down, relax,...", Pete's voice sounds unbelievable, like Peter Gabriel with lyrics Bowie could have written. But the best part is yet to come. At 4.33mins Peter Jones saxophone 'OMG', you feel it starting right from your gut, an absolute stunner, reminiscent of Floyd's Dark Of The Moon.

Can't see any other way - Beautiful 70's feel good song, guitars play lead and response to Phil Naro's amazing 4 octave vocal range and harmonies. The bass guitar really shines here and Colin lead guitar at times sounds like a saxophone.

Part 2 - The Hairy Part - A track full of surprises - most endearing classical orchestration beginning, goes into full rock mode, changing to fluttering drumming and deep inhaling guitars, fast and rhythmic clever, 3mins into the track, ... "bang" Santana arrives... in big way... with a fantastic samba explosion.

The Mad Yeti - Romantic Spanish Acoustic song, fast and slow beautiful melodies.

And so today - Homage to Four Beloved Artists we sadly lost last year. Lyrics make special reference although not obvious to Sir George Martin (5th Beatle), Glenn Frey, Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie... this song hits a nerve, emotionally grabbing, leaving lump in my throat, brings me easily to tears. Besides vocals, Pete plays clarinet with a touch of Genesis and the Waltz whereby the acoustic guitar, piano, violins and bass notes, all complement each other. Colin's small lead-break halfway through adds the right beautiful touch.

Part 3 - I'm Going Down - The first part of this song up to 2.17mins, orchestration, guitars hit every sensitive nerve, one feels, hangs on to every note. Then the song takes a Queen turn, May lead guitars kick in, at 2.38mins Pete vocals come in, soon turns into a darker Queen Opera, and back to melodic full orchestration of flowing fanfare 'fom fom fa fom fom fa' accordion to The Beatles Sergeant Pepper, the last part followed by Pink Floyd The Wall with my favorite ending Colin's guitars playing funky chucking notes like Nile Rodgers to describe it the best I can. N.B.: A secret backwards message at the end.

Lisa Waltzes Back In With No G-String - Gob smacking brilliant Waltz! Maestro Gordo orchestration is huge, Colin's guitars start a lead and response war, the horns, violins, bass and drums all join in to produce a marvelous explosion.

Lisa's Entrance Unplugged - Another big favorite, acoustic guitars, whistles and the flute performed by Ian, telling a Sicilian story with a touch of western, beautiful & touching like Nino Rota's The Godfather.

Something Old Something New Something Borrowed Something Screwed - Masterpiece - Exciting Instrumental song, great guitar tunes, beautiful lead breaks and magnificent crescendos.

La Palo Desperado - My favorite acoustic track on the album, Spanish Paso Doble and The Tango. Exciting full of flavor and raunchy with slower seductive bits. Olé ! And a slight pink panther tune.

A Beautiful Feeling - Phil Naro vocal harmonies take you back to the classic early 60's Frankie Valli and the 4 seasons, a song to be played anywhere, the soft samba rhythm, slide and lead guitars added by sweet percussion with shakers, easy to dance either alone or with a partner.

Dnieper Summer Day - a quirky fast acoustic guitar track, layers changing and overlapping each others. You cannot possibly sit still to that.

PART4-B - Favorite ending of an album, The Rat Pack Sinatra and Crosby with Zappa joining in. Very clever and funny, Peter Jones and Phil Naro duet with lead and response guitars joined by big band orchestration done just right. I have to highlight the comical middle section with Jay's drums adding to the whole band having fun.

PART4B Redux - This short piece, I envision Monty Python and the Holy Grail start of the movie, but this time they are Minions.

Kati | 5/5 |


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