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Canterbury Scene

4.27 | 637 ratings

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4 stars The label Deram (remember the works of Caravan but also the early Camel in the period of "The Snow Goose"...) could deserve a major attention as for this Canterburian work, only by means of the modern compact discs, which make us re-discover another very interesting work like this, along with others...well the contribution of Dave Stewart (already mastermind of the ensemble called "Egg" and afterwards such a great composer with Bill Bruford and National Health), with the collaboration of Steve Hilage, at that time a rising star of such light experimental progressive, are important examples of the old 70's Canterburian style. Their remarkable approach can be appreciated in a few but remarkable epic numbers such as "Stargazers", "Space shanty" or "Escape of the space pirets".All the typical features, regarding the famous school that was developed afterwards by Hatfield and the North and Gong (without forgetting the ensemble of Soft Machine), are present here, especially the well structured and simple harmonic solutions at the guitar, except on the psychedelic elements...check it out anyway!!

Update: March, 15 2010: re-mastered version

Such a remarkable cult band, coming from the Canterburian scene, above all much "remarkable" and more clearly notable in the present re-issue: often in the vein of Hatfield and the North- as well as of the most experimental side concerning the versatile guitarist Steve Hillage (without regarding the interesting bassist Nick Greenwood-former Crazy World of A. Brown- and Dave stewart at his first turning point of his career as a keyboard player), this British line-up was important for the whole experimental scene in the UK...well not only for the long instrumental passages, but also regarding of the intelligent improvisation (do you remember the album "Rotter's club", by H.& the North?), Khan reached his peek of imagination and creativity as well, with "Space Shanty"...ok perhaps there are better albums within the Canterburian scene (witouth thinking of bands like Gong), but unlike these latter, here the features regarding the progressive rock style or the fusion rock music genre are much more present in comparison to their jazzy and psychedelic the end the re-mastered version is well worth checking out at least for every prog listener and a must-have for all the Hillage's fans!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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