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EPITAPH FOR TOMORROW

Quintessence

 

Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

3.71 | 7 ratings

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margi
4 stars It's quite a few years since I put on that good ol' vinyl and listened to any of the first three Quintessence albums. Those were the ones that really counted for anything at the time. I'm sure the rest are interesting in retrospect - from the point of view of changing musical emphasis and so on. For an old fan, however, 'Epitaph for Tomorrow' was an unexpected surprise. Someone has not only gleaned the better tracks from those first albums, but has conscientiously laced them together into a harmonious whole, which preserves the Eastern impulse and tells the Quintessence story with a keen balance of their musical range. The CD is no less than a coherent 'cosmology' according to Quintessence, rather than some vaguely grouped collection of wild selections. This is delectable listening - for the old fan and the new hand alike. It's definitely one of the best compilations I've heard - for any group. For someone looking to try, it's a superb introduction to Quintessence. The two disappointments were the sparse historical notes (although with good photos and art work), and a bum note at the end of the second to last track, where the tape really wound down (at least, on my copy). Otherwise, bliss out on this - that's what it's for!
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