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1 stars OK, I'm begging all of you. Stop enabling these guys!!!

It seemed like a good idea. Take members of some of the greatest prog bands ever, put them together, and see what you get. Well, what John Wetton did to U.K. at the end should have been a warning. In this case King Crimson + Yes + ELP = 0. This band makes me yearn for euthan-Asia. The famous review of GTR is appropraite for Asia's output.

There. I've gotten that off my chest.

Then & Now is a collection of songs released for the reunion of Wetton, Downes & Palmer for a tour in 1990. The first 5 songs are from the original incarnation of the band, and demonstrate why they needed Steve Howe. His guitar playing provided the only relief from songs that started out at best fair (Only Time Will Tell, Heat Of The Moment) and got progressively (get the joke?) worse.

The second half of the album, with a team of guitarists, headed by Steve Luthaker, is just intolerable. They should have been embarassed when recording clunkers like Prayin' 4 A Miracle (oooh, a number 4 instead of the word, how edgy), Am I In Love?, and Summer.

Evolver | 1/5 |


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