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4 stars Epidaurus is in fact a legendary band that came into scene of progressive rock in mid seventies, quite late as compared to the pioneers like King Crimson, ELP, Yes, Genesis or Pink Floyd who started their career around end of 60's. It was basically the duo keyboardists GŁnther Henne and Gerd Linke that made up the band and you can guess that the music is truly a keyboard-drenched style with many multi-layer sounds. The moogs, mellotrons, organs and pianos are key elements of their music. Those of you who like Tangerine Dream, Eloy, Symphonic Slam and in some way Triumvirat, might be able to digest and enjoy the music. In addition to keyboards, the bass guitar and drums are also used, strengthened by great vocal work by Christiane Ward whom the singing style is like a blend of Annie Haslam (Renaissance) and Jenny Kaagman (Earth & Fire).

This "Earthly Paradise" was recorded in mid 1977 and was considered as a studio project only. AS the sleeve mentions, the recording took two days: 25 and 26 June, 1977 and the mixing was done next day 27 June 1977, recorded at Hermes-Tons studio, West Germany. The music is a classic in terms of symphonic prog territory, where it had dynamic musical progressions and fine arrangements. In general, the album featured a beautiful, and sometimes it seems pretentious, with catchy melody, long sustain keyboard work that creates "symphonic" nature.

I am sure you will be amazed hearing the first track "Actions And Reactions (7:01) where a blast of long sustain keyboards work dominate the music overlaid by ambient female vocal. It's hard to deny that symphonic prog do not like this track. The next track is in fact much more ambient with intricate and atmospheric keyboard work augmented beautifully by flute-work, played by Peter Maer. "Silas Marner" (7:50) brings us to an upbeat symphonic music with stunning keyboard rhythms section and solo. It reminds me to band like Pulsar. What really impress me is when the album reaches track 4 "Andas" (6:15) where I can find the style of Ozric Tentacles is very obvious.

I highly recommend you to have this album, especially if you favor symphonic prog, it's a MUST have for you. The recording quality is also great. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW (i-Rock! Music Community)

Gatot | 4/5 |


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