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Sean Trane
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4 stars Add on another halfstar really. Certainly rougher and less produced than its successor, this is still very much worth a spin because in many ways their debut sounds like a rough draft for Movin'On. On this album the Van Der Graaf Generator influences sound more evident and one might even say that we can also see some GNIDROLOG traits especially in the harder moments of the second number. You will also recognized passages from Movin'On (or the other way around chronologically speaking) especially on Dawntalk. As you might have guessed the highlight of the album is the last track Room For Sale (15 min of insane wonderland heaven).

I should warn you that the only CD version of this album is on Tachika (in paper sleeve) but I think it presents a defect around the 2:40 min of the second track Nowadays. Wheter this was originaly so or is it a retranscription of Vinyl to CD - let's face it: I doubt Tachika is has asked for the studio master tapes , likely making this a bootleg but they are generally spotless. However can we consider this sort of product as completely politically incorrect? This stuff has been out of print for so long on the official "marketplace" that , if one wants to discover bands like Sloche , Opus-5 , Flame dream, Secret Oyster etc.... We have no choice than to delve into this grey area production. I would not even discuss this issue if this album had been spotless. One must also hear the problem because the track had started so strange and violently that there is also a possibility that this awkwardness was originally intended. Who Knows ? Still very much worth the investigation before the investment. The more adventurous lot of you progheads will appreciate , no doubt.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |


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