Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.77 | 133 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Wow! this New York based american band had only one album recorded and disappeared not long after... but what an album! Stained Glass Stories is a fantastic symphonic prog CD that any 70s prog lover will love to have! Youll find here very strong songs, terrific musicanship, tasteful arrangements and powerful perfomances. Even the production is above average. A pity it was released in 1978... if it was out some 3 or 4 years before they would probably have gotten much more atention and maybe theyd have a longer career.

Their main influences are easily identified: Gentle Giant, Yes, early Genesis and King Crimson. The singerss voice reminds me a lot of that of GGs Derek Shulman (and so are much of the instrumental bits), while the bass playing is very Chris Squire-ish and the several mellotron drenched parts are a mix of King Crimson and Genesis styles. And yet they did have a personal touch on them all. Which indicates that their demise was a big loss for everyone, since this album promised so much. There are no fillers and their playing shows a highly skilled and confident group that really knew where they were aiming at.

A highly enjoyable CD that deserves to be jeard by any prog lover. A real musical gem lost in time that Im grateful to have found. Rating: between 4 and 4.5 stars. Highly recommended.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |


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