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Yezda Urfa


Eclectic Prog

4.17 | 323 ratings

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4 stars I simply cannot believe that this album is in a better position than lots of more important and better albums, but this is, still, a very good and decent material that sadly remained unreleased (or released with few copies) for 29 years

You know, Yezda Urfa is one of many bands that i discovered through Prog Archives that i would probably never find another way. I mean, the band has a highly unusual name, is not very commonly discussed in any prog forum, does not have important or influential albums, it's not exactly a mainstream band (even by prog rock standards) and it is an american band (no offense, but the american prog scene back in the 70's is not my cup of tea).

So, when i saw that this album is better rated than lots of albums that i LOVE, like Lark's Tongues, Free Hand, Octopus, Acquiring the Taste, Power and Glory, Anabelas, Lizard, Power to Believe and many others in the eclectic genre alone, i thought that it would be a true mind blowing experience. And it was, at least until the title track, Boris, was playing. Boris is a wonderful song and it is surely the best song of this terrific album, but the band somehow was not able to keep up with the same quality all the way through, and though Three Tons Of Fresh Thyroid Glands is also an amazing song, Boris exceeds it by far.

Please don't get me wrong, the album is fantastic! I just think it does not keeps up to such a high grade. The only issue i i think this album has is with the bonus song The Basis of Dubenglazy While Dirk Does the Dance, which has too much background hiss (probably bad master tape or bad recording equipment or both).

About the songs, musicianship and other features, there are somethings i would like to state:

Well, this album have some very good music indeed and though it fits quite well in the eclectic sub-genre, mainly because of the songs structures, their music is not so challenging or difficult to be fully appreciated as King Crimson, Gentle Giant and Van der Graff Generator, probably because Yezda Urfa's music is more direct or have less experimentalism and dissonances as the previously said bands. Yezda Urfa's music is also less challenging to be played then most of the songs from the said bands, but it is still not an easy task to play them.

Although the whole albums is great, there are two songs that i think deserve to be highlighted: Boris and Three Tons Of Fresh Thyroid Glands, being Boris the best album song and Three Tons Of Fresh Thyroid Glands the second best.

Grade and Final Thoughts

Boris is a great release, but i think that it simply does not deserves the masterpiece grade because it is not as good, so the 4 stars grade is more fitting and does better justice to the album true valor. However, it must be pointed out that it is remarkable that with such record they could not find any label to release their stuff: how could so many labels simply discard such a good albums is really unbelievable. That truly shows that the music industry is not interested if it's good, but if it sales, no matter how much it sucks.

A real shame that they could not get any recognition at their time and were forced to stop doing something they loved and had talent to do.

CCVP | 4/5 |


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