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Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations) - Marscape CD (album) cover


Various Artists (Concept albums & Themed compilations)


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4.00 | 40 ratings

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4 stars I am delighted that this album was finally reissued as a CD.

While the album was produced & written by and released under the names of Jack Lancaster and Robin Lumley, it has the distinct sound of Brand X. Actually, this album was recorded in the same studio, and released shortly before Unorthodox Behavior, and is performed by the entire original members of Brand X (Lancaster played on one track on Unorthodox Behavior). Among the remaining band members on this is Morris Pert as well.

So yes, this sounds very much like Brand X, but somewhat moodier. One of the main themes that pop up throughout the album reminds me very much of a theme on one of the later Brand X albums.

The album does a good job of assigning different musical emotions to the staged of traveling to Mars. All of it in the style that we have come to love from Brand X.

And, like a Brand X album, all of the musicianship is spectacular.

I'd say, give it a listen alongside Rick Wakeman's recent album The Red Planet.

Evolver | 4/5 |


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