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4 stars I have seen in several websites dedicated to reviews that Ekseption seems to be underrated. Sometimes it`s hard to define this band as "Progressive", because the sound of their music is a mixture of Classical Music, European Pop Music of the Seventies, Jazz, Rock and sometimes Prog Rock. In this album, these styles are mixed. Ekseption also seems to be remembered because they recorded arrangements of Classical Music pieces, and sometimes they are underrated because they did it. In this album, "Ave Maria" is in this kind of arrangement, with a very good version, which includes a combination of trumpet and sax leading the melody of this piece of music. The rest of the band and the piano and the spinet played by van der Linden are in the background. I like it very much. The other classical piece arranged by van der Linden for the group is "Partita No. 2 in C minor", played on a pipe organ and with a synthesizer, accompanied by the band. The rest of the songs are original pieces composed by van der Linden, and they also are very good. "Choral" has a choir and the music is similar in style to J.S. Bach`s music, with van der Linden using the Pipe Organ . "Picadilly Sweet" has an orchestra (Royal Philarmonic Orchestra) playing along with the band, and here the Jazz music influences are more obvious. Van der Linden uses the Pipe Organ again in this piece of music. Some of the other songs sound in a Jazz-Rock style, sounding sometimes like Pop Music. But the arrangemets (done by van der Linden) are very good, and all the musicians are very good. This was the first of their original albums that I listened to in the late seventies. The other was a compilation of arrangements of classical pieces called "Greatest Hits" (made in France). In the eighties it was easier to find their L.P.s, and I don`t know if they are easy to find now in C.D. I only have seen C.D. compilations of their music.
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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