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GURUH GIPSY

Guruh Gipsy

 

Eclectic Prog

4.09 | 25 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
4 stars Vow !!!!!!

The history of this album and the Guruh Gipsy project is one of the most interesting stories in ProgArchives. The brainchild behind this album is the fifth child of Sukarno, the first president and creator of the state now called Indonesia. It is the fifth most populated state in the world, no less. His name has different spellings but seek for him on the English version of Wikipedia under the name Guruh Sukarnoputra.

This album too is very interesting. My fellow reviewer Gatot has already written an excellent review of this album so I refer those who are interested in the minute details of this album to his review. I will here in not so many words give my own impressions of this album.

The album starts out as a hommage to ELP and the many Western classical composers. Then the album heads east after 1/4 of the album completed. Far east to be precise. The remaining 3/4 of the album first starts out as jazz before it ends up as far east folk music. That over the same ELP like theme as it started with.

To say that this album is interesting is an understatement. The sound quality is a bit iffy. But the quality of the music still shines through. I am not familiar to the sounds of far east folk music. But the ELP reference and the English hymn tradition which runs throughout this album is a big help. And this album is actually a nice crossover between English hymns sung in cathedrals/churches and the folk music from the east. The music has many layers and many facets.

In short, this is a great album which is not likely to be forgotten by those who has encountered it. It one of the true gems of our archives and it is recommended.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |

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