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LIVE AT THE TARGET

Twelfth Night

 

Neo-Prog

4.01 | 34 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars TWELFTH NIGHT- "LIVE AT THE TARGET" (remastered version)...

In the early Eighties the New Progressive Rock Movement emerged. The figurehead was MARILLION, their success was a boost to many bands, from IQ and PENDRAGON to SOLSTICE and WINTER. And TWELTH NIGHT, this maverick didn't sound like GENESIS and looked like glamrockers. But their music was great, in my opinion their album "Fact and Fiction" (from '82) is still one of the best neo-prog rock albums ever. A year before TWELFTH NIGHT had released a live LP (february '81) from a concert in the Target Pub in Reading. In the booklet of this remastered version CD you will read the story about this period with many fine details. The first time I heard this LP was at about the time that MARILLION had released their maxi-single "Market Square Heroes" also featuring the epic track "Grendel". These were very hopeful days because prog rock was on its way back. Most of the music on this CD is carried by the unique quitar work from Andy Revell: twanging, rhythm and soli, fiery, propulsive, sensitive and using lots of pedals like volume, wah-wah and echo. The interplay with Rick Butterfly is often compelling. TWELFTH NIGHT played their music instrumental, the absolute highlight is the epic track "Sequences" (later performed with vocals from the late Geoff Mann) with lots of shifting moods and sensational guitar soli, goose bumps! The bonus tracks "Afghan Red", "Freddie Hepburn" and "Encore une fois" are 'no fillers, all killers' and emphasize the very original and spectacular approach towards prog rock from TWLFTH NIGHT. Highly recommended!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |

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