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3.86 | 73 ratings

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3 stars This is a collection of recording sessions which never made it into one of the two official studio albums. Leftovers, in other words. I did not have any high hopes. I was in for a surprise.

Where the two official studio albums was pretty introverted (as in Soft Machine's world), this one is much more open and accessible. The music is also pretty different from the two studio albums. The music in Arriving Twice is a blend of jazz and jazz-rock. The music here is more Mahavishnu Orchestra than Soft Machine in this respect. This is first and foremost Phil Lee's album. His lenghty guitar solos is let loose on several of the tracks where the two studio albums was more Alan Gowen and his keyboards dominated. Thankfully, Alan Gowen is very much present on this album. But he and Phil Lee have a more equal role when it comes to solos and instrumentations.

The quality is pretty high throughout. Again, it lacks some really good tracks. Some of the guitar solos is a bit too overpowering when less could had been more. I happens to like the two studio albums and I am not too pleased with this change of style. But this is still a very good album. It can be argued this is the best Gilgamesh album too. I am entirely convinced. But I really like this album.

Gilgamesh was an excellent band which deserve more recognition. That is my view after completing the reviews of their three albums.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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