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Jeff Wayne


Crossover Prog

3.96 | 188 ratings

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5 stars Time for us to see long lost friends! First I realized Tangerine Dream, then Vangelis' all time masterpiece 666, and now this one! (Thanks to James Unger's recent review, otherwise I would have pass without noticing it, I didn't have in mind to check it as the previous two...) Now, one thing about this artist is that I thought I missed his works between these one and Spartacus (thank God, I accidentally found an opportunity to listen to that one, too!), but according to the listing here, it seems he virtually did nothing during this period! What was he up to then!?!?!? I believe his music is comparable to that of Wakeman's (my favourite artist from my favourite band), but compare the number of their works!! Coming back to the album, I believe it is indeed a masterpiece, though you might argue for some parts that they are not prog anyway, but seeing the picture as a whole, the album concept and staging makes it an absolute masterpiece... My favorite pieces are the opening song (part of it was used as intro jingle for an actaulity program in Turkey even before I realized there was such an album...), the spirit of man and brave new world from disc two, and I think forever autumn (which is unnecessary to mention as it is album's highlight and known by most moody blues fans...) is much better than any of the versions I have heard. The song finishes at some place (somewhere when the single edtion begins repetition), and after a short interlude it is reprised. You might not find in any MB compilation.

Lastly, the album info featured here should have credited each vocalists on their respective tracks, so that we wouldn't have to follow reviews in order to find out! (Well, it is written on the CD's, but I borrowed them from the library and coped to tape, and it was so long ago that I forgot... I should really buy these!!)

Essential for more straightforward prog lovers, such as Rick Wakeman and, of course, Moody Blues...

Bilek | 5/5 |


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