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JUST A DREAM

Choice

 

Crossover Prog

3.22 | 4 ratings

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Prog_Veteran
4 stars Do you like SAGA "worlds apart" (1980), NOVALIS "augenblicke" (1980) and ANYONE´S DAUGHTER "s/t" (1980) ? So let me say I guess I like more CHOICE "Just a Dream" (1980) than the mentioned ones ! Fantastic, innovative, great taste for compositions meets an incredible great unknown vocalist ? Mr. Ferdy Kuehnel. Also Eloy "colours" (1979) or even KAYAK "the last encore" can be references to what you will find in CHOICE. This is excellent addiction (****) if you like the mentioned records.

Beyond the fantastic sound production, we find the use of bombastic tympanis, bells, and gongs in a way I only heard with this unrecognized gem ! It's definitively remarkable. The keyboards follow the late 70's "de luxe" German school, and are predominantly spacey but also symphonic. Compositions are not in difficult vein, even if 3 band members comes from not less than EPIDAURUS, don't expect a follow up or you'll get disappointed, as CHOICE is in more accessible prog-pop with dynamic performance vein, not yet a neo prog style.

I apologize for saying this if hurt someone feelings as Marillion is such an important band that kept the prog flame alive in mainstreams during the 80's and many from young generation only heard the term "prog" thanks to Marillion success (in other field thanks to 80's Rush success), but I Ilike much more this CHOICE than Marillion "misplaced childhood" for example (but probably not more than the 17 minutes "Grendel" 1982).

This opinion is strictly based in my personal taste and I recognize this comparison is not accurate as the early 80's movement is different of what got called neo prog from 1982 ahead. Anyway we must put unrecognized gems at their right place. Music quality many times is independent from large public recognition. SERENE and OPUS1 are other late 70-early 80 dynamic prog Germans but woth in maximum *** both, like CIRKEL 'first good bye" from Holland. Thanks to b olariu for CHOICE Addiction to PA.

Prog_Veteran | 4/5 |

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