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Canterbury Scene

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4 stars Ok you know that usually I'm not so much involved in such a complex space rock with some hints of jazz rock; but in this particular case - which for me is like rediscover a small treasure of the past, dated 1973 - the present re-mastered music opera ( the second chapter of the triology) is an exception!! The classic line-up, composing and arranging this remarkable work, is composed by clever musicians, including Tim Blake at the moog synthesizers and VCS3, Pierre Moerlen on drums; Daevid Allen on guitar and vocals; Didier Maherbe playing the woodwinds; Mike Howlett as a bass player; finally - last but not least- the hidden leader Mr Steve Hillage, playing the guitar, helped by Gilli Smyth and Didier Maherbe, which complete the line up.

The work of Tim Blake is the lead "wire" of the whole opera, not only for his atmospheric sinths, being due to his typical and reasonable music approach, but also for a sort of cohesive job along with Gilli Smyth's space whisper and his intelligent use of some echoes...the compactness and its versatility as well, regarding the present essential Canterburian work, it's the best way to be closer to such a different type of prog-genre, usually quite far away from the spirit of the so called "Romantic" progressive rock.

This music stream is equal to "Dada" in literature, even though the lyrics are similar but more humor- oriented, in comparison to the true dadaistic lyrics of such European Literary Mainstream of '900... never mind, cause the final output is excellent... for instance the plot of "Ooby-Scooby Doomsday or the D-Day got the D.D.T. blues" is very interesting and it has been explaned in a good manner by the liner notes of the CD remastered version (see also the topics): the Planet Gong is well represented within the booklet (think of "Octave Doctors" or "Master of the Spheres" for example), explaining every detail of the Radio Gnome Invisible Trilogy, exceedingly!!

At the end you can discover some other remarkable albums such as "Flying Teapot" or "You", but probably " Radio Gnome Invisible Vol. 2 - Angel's Egg" is the most meaningful of the whole Canterburian Mainstream... so this Vol.2 is well worth checking out!!

lor68 | 4/5 |


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