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Sean Trane
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3 stars One of the two BBC recording albums that were released lately about this seminal band. From different sessions but there are tracks present on both albums and to have both albums would mean you have too much cash on your hands (or space shelf) .

The major advantage of this album is the Raindances track sessions and especially Heldenleben (which I consider their best work ever) but overall I like the Glastonbury album better because of the recording quality. Comparering the tracks that are present on both albums (and even comparing them to the original studio albums) the recording quality and collective enthusiasm is definitely more audible in Glastonbury Carol , than on the other two. This is also very valid for Ethelion and Heldenleben.

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Posted Tuesday, October 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
2 stars This CD compiled from parts of two shows recorded for BBC is mostly of interest to Gryphon completionists. Songs are from two albums, "Midnight Mushrumps" (2, 3, 5) and "Raindance" (4, 6, 7), with "medley" start and "jig" end, arranged flawless as it was one concert. The only true progressive moment is 16 minute "Ein Klein Heldenleben" from "Raindance", good enough to make curious progressive music listeners or Gryphon fans to try this CD. The other moment of value is another 16 minute track, "Midnight Mushrumps", but song is more in medieval folk manner. Rest are some "straight", "fusion", "baroque" and "rag" folk, not of many interest to progressive listeners.

Those who are new to Gryphon, and love real progressive music, I suggest "Red Queen to Gryphon Three", "Raindance" and "Midnight Mushrumps".

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Posted Thursday, May 18, 2006 | Review Permalink

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