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COLLECTOR'S ITEM (1991)

Twelfth Night

 

Neo-Prog

4.09 | 40 ratings

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Chriz
5 stars If ever a band deserved success it was readings Twelfth Night and this collection goes some way to provide the evidence. Its a compilation album that features unreleased tracks and new recordings.

Like the live album Live and let Live it starts with The Ceiling Speaksa religousprog epic, the chorus is infectious and the playing is simply stunning.

Deep in The Heartland follows an unreleased track that would undergo several changes during its life, here is the 1983 version complete with Geoffs scream.

We are Sane follows, a pure brilliant track that deals with political intrigue, not for Twelfth Night songs about dragons, magicians or mythical Grendal creatures, they dealt with the issues of the day, the cold war, political machinery.

The next song art and illusion sees Andy Sears as vocalist and although he sings it well it is Geoff mann's lyrics.

Andy gets to write First new day a hearfelt somng raging against war, famine and poverty... played simply it shows that every song does not need a million notes.

Take a Look, is the single Virgin (shame on them) failed to push, here we have the full length version and it is stunning a neo-prog (awful term) classic.

Blondon Fair, follows on from last Song and again Twelfth Night do not shy away from dealing with issues and Andy sings a harrowing tale of the holocaust.

twelfth Night split up but regrouped with Geoff on vocals to record The Collector, it is a classic and epic and again the lyrics deal with Geoff's Christian faith!

Th final song is a re-recording of Love Song and my personal favourite as Geoff implores us to forgive and love again.

...and thats it from start to finish delicate and frenetic playing merge to provide distinct songs that deserve a wider audience..... and not only this on the Cd available you don't even get Sequences or Creepshow or Blue Powder Monkey they are classics that you can find on the other Twelfth Night Cds.

Chriz | 5/5 |

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