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Collegium Musicum


Symphonic Prog

3.61 | 47 ratings

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3 stars Welcome back my friends........

Once upon a time, there was something called The Iron Curtain. Behind it, a big and very creative music scene was bereft from any ideas from the free world. The distribution of albums from western bands was very limited. Rotten tapes and bootlegs, mostly. So they took what they got and made music out of it. COLLEGIUM MUSICUM is one of these bands and nobody should knock them. Everybody has a lot of admiration for today's heavy metal scene in Iran and Iraq. With the same token, we should also respect bands like COLLEGIUM MUSICUM.

But then again, I cannot help smiling when listening to this album. The references to ELP's Picture Of An Exhibition and Welcome Back My Friends runs thicker that blood. Add the avant-garde parts of DEEP PURPLE's Made In Japan and you have the full story. The keyboards is so Keith Emerson (with a little help from John Lord) that this live album has to be regarded as a tribute to him. Then again; you have bands like THE WATCH who has made a good career out of sounding like GENESIS. No, I am not knocking COLLEGIUM MUSICUM at all. I just want to point out the similarities.

Music wise, the four songs on this album is pretty good. Not classics, but still pretty good. The drum solo on the last song is pretty daft, but still forgiven. I am a big fan of the above mentioned ELP live albums and it is fair to say that COLLEGIUM MUSICUM is making my heart strings sing like a nightingale. I am failing to notice much of a live audience here, but the music is good. If I can get hold of more albums from COLLEGIUM MUSICUM, I will definate purchase them. In the meantime, this album is good enough for me.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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