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Yezda Urfa


Eclectic Prog

3.95 | 176 ratings

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4 stars Yezda Urfa - A buried treasure!

If you dig deep enough in the prog goldmine you may occasionally unearth some buried treasure. In the case of Yezda Urfa the treasure consists of two master works. The first is the demo which became 'Boris' and featured many of the tracks on this, their official release, resurrected from the 70s; brought back to life solely to enthral progheads, as the band are long since gone and scattered into musical directions only known to themselves.

So we are left with this 'Sacred Baboon'. In a similar way to the masterpiece by Argentinian proggers Bubu, the one and only full album of Yezda Urfa will go unnoticed by the music world but to progheads it is one album you must get hold of.

The band adopt a ferociously original approach and yet draw on influences such as Yes and King Crimson, and there is nothing wrong with that. I could not get hold of the infamous and elusive 'Boris', that has received high accolades on the PA, so this is where it begins and ends for me with Yezda Urfa, and I was pleasantly surprised.

All of the tracks from 'Boris' that made their way to this 'Sacred Baboon' are brilliant tracks which says something about the quality of that debut. There is much on offer here that would make any connoisseurs of prog drool over.

'Cancer of the Band' is an odyssey of musical textures, that begins with multilayered soft flute.

Finely crafted songs are the order of the day with a smattering of Gentle Giant and huge dollops of Yes influences. The multi harmonies are total Yes and there is a Gentle Giant sense of humour, even lapsing in to Gong territory occasionally but this is still original enough to hold the interest.

I can recommend this over many of the other offerings in that bleak year of 1989.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |


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