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4.10 | 157 ratings

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4 stars After Keith Emerson left to form ELP, the remaining members of The Nice formed Refugee together with keyboardist Patrick Moraz (who would later replace Rick Wakeman in Yes). This album is very keyboard dominated, it has drums and bass guitar, but no guitars. Moraz keyboards is in the center throughout (unlike his work on Yes' Relayer album where he was pushed in the background by Steve Howe's guitar making it sound more as if he provides sonic textures to the music rather than being a lead instrument of his own).

The main weakness of this group lies in the vocals (as it did for The Nice also). However, there are not a lot of vocals here, large portions of the album are instrumental parts. Moraz' playing is very impressive and the sound is quite unlike anything I ever heard before.

This album is a much better showcase of Moraz' playing than any other album he contributed to, including his work with Mainhorse, Yes, The Moody Blues and also his solo album Story Of I.

This is a unique album that requires several listens to be fully appreciated. Essential for fans of Patrick Moraz and an excellent addition to any prog music collection.

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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