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Harlequin Mass


Symphonic Prog

3.28 | 14 ratings

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3 stars It looks like I get to be the very first reviewer of this cd. Anyway, this one came out in the late 70's so it's no suprise that this is the only album put out by this Oregon based symphonic progressive rock band. Actually many US groups even from earlier in the decade released only one so I guess the US prog scene was kind of like Italy in that regard. Anyway, the music while squarely in the symphonic vein doesn't sound much like any one particular band so in a sense you could say there was a bit of originality there. THat said they were pretty straight ahead symphonic with few surprises and nothing too out of the ordinary. The music however is lush with nice melodies even if it doesn't go for the jugular. Genesis and Renaissance are probably the closest comparisons I could come up with. The band utilized both female and male vocals but the majority seem to be female led vocals. While this album certainly isn't essential or a must have it is worth searching out if you collect American prog especially recordings from the seventies. All in all a nice album although one that seems to have been lost in time. John Reagan the drummer for this band now runs big balloon music which is a prog mail order business on the internet and naturally carries this on cd.
Prog_Traveller | 3/5 |


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