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Eclectic Prog

4.13 | 93 ratings

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Dave Preston
4 stars Swirzerland is not exactly known as a hotbed of musical excellence in any genre let alone progressive rock. Island's album consequently is not well known by some of the most diehard of progheads.

That's a pity as this is one of the most rewarding albums within the prog genre. Released during the late 70's (the autumnal years of the classic era) it is a hard edged and at times difficult record. Mixing elements of VDGG, Yes and jazz rock it takes several hearings to fully appreciate and may not be to everyone's taste.

The title track I find to be amongst the best pieces ever within the progressive genre and worthy of getting this album on it's own. The remainder are all nearly as strong making this an important release and one that should be included in any serious prog collectors collection.

The extra track on the Laser's Edge reissue is of slightly poorer sound quality but still enjoyable and I'm pleased it was rescued from the archives

Dave Preston | 4/5 |

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