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4 stars An album released in the shadows of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells.

And even on the same record label too (Virgin). But where Tubular Bells became a huge hit, this album kind of disappeared from the radar. The reason is perhaps that Clearlight Symphony is a much more complex album than the rather commercial and one-themed Tubular Bells.

Clearlight Symphony was recorded with some help of Gong members. Steve Hillage is prominent here with some spaced out, distorted guitar solos. But the album is dominated by Cyril Verdeaux tangents. Clearlight is his band and I refer to the interview I did with him earlier this year (2010).

This album comes across as a mix of space rock, new age and symphonic prog. This album has two twenty minutes long pieces, 1st Movement and 2nd Movement. Both of them are excellent where they weaves through an ethereal landscape.

The additions of the Gong elements never makes this album boring or irrelevant in any way. This album is therefore a truly great album and should be regarded as a definite purchase for anyone into symphonic rock or prog. This is one of the true classic albums in this scene. I have a couple of minor gripes with it. But it is still a great album.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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