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Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture CD (album) cover





3.98 | 593 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars PENDRAGON had some commercial success with this record, which is no surprise, as it is very melodic with catchy choruses. I must admit I skip the first song a lot, a bombastic, orchestral song with Italian vocals.

"As Good As Gold" is quiet in the beginning, but things get cooking about 3 minutes in. There is a keyboard melody throughout and some tasteful guitar. The chorus though is what makes this song so good as gold. "Paintbox" is a slower paced, mellow tune with good guitar and synths. "The Pursuit Of Excellence" is an emotional song that is all about the lyrics. "Guardian Of My Soul" is definetely a highlight, with a guitar solo right off the top, followed by keyboards. The song gets quite gentle and the chorus is so good ! I love the guitar and keys 8 minutes in.

"The Shadow" features those wondrous vocals with a great guitar melody. "Masters Of Illusion" is my favourite song on this record, it features lots of keyboard passages and a guitar solo that goes on for about 3 minutes that rivals some of the best guitar solos i've ever heard. David Gilmour does come to mind during this beautiful song and album ending event ! This may be the highlight of Nick Barrett career.

The whole band deserves mention, Clive Nolan on keyboards, Peter Gee on bass and Fudge Smith on drums all contribute to this excellent record.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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