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The Enid - In the Region Of The Summer Stars (1984) CD (album) cover


The Enid


Symphonic Prog

4.26 | 241 ratings

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5 stars I would like to add my voice to the other reviewers' and without reservation praise this album as a masterpiece of originality, construction and execution, which deserves a place among classics such as Selling England By The Pound, In The Court Of The Crimson King, Brain Salad Surgery, Spectral Mornings or Close To The Edge. This is absolutely quintessential symphonic progressive rock, with very strong influences from the Romantic era of classical music. At times it swells to Wagnerian and Mahlerian proportions, and at times settles into quiet contemplative moods of Rachmaninov. The album features very memorable thematic material, which is restated in a true symphonic manner throughout the album, making it a satisfying listen as a whole. However, this album has a stronger rock element than other Enid albums that were to follow. The CD version that I have just bought features crystal clear production, which despite the complexity of the arrangements, manages to bring out the instruments. The album has a certain playfulness, despite the "seriousness" of the concept, and I have to add that the guitar work is reminiscent of Steve Hackett... Genesis fans will gobble the stuff up and ask for more!
EMinkovitch | 5/5 |


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