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Symphonic Slam


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3.72 | 46 ratings

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5 stars As a high school student in '76, any music I really wanted to listen to was done through headphones. Many an hour was spent playing Symphonic Slam, making an indelible impression. Unfortunately, I hadn't heard from Timo Laine since.... With the advent of Kazaa (and others), the proliferation of downloading etc., I was pleasantly surprised to find Symphonic Slam again. I checked it out for nostalgic reasons if nothing else. Having listened to many times since on my (much) better stereo system, it is still is an amazing way to spend time. Like most prog-rock, it is best enjoyed without conversation - not really the ideal album (oops) CD to put on at a party but, incredibly rewarding if you spend the time to actually listen. The blur of genres and changes between songs ensure a great journey each listen. Most of the songs make you feel (something/anything) deeply as you listen. Kick ass musicianship & a great intro to prog- rock music. As someone who already enjoyed Yes, ELP, Genesis (remember them when...), this album had me searching for new sounds by others on a similar (but unique) journey. Phil Manzanera, Eno (801...) and others were only discovered because of what Symphonic Slam awakened. This to me makes this album an essential addition to anyone looking to appreciate how great prog-rock can be.

btw.... I believe this album won a (Canadian) Juno award

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