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BEGGAR JULIA'S TIME TRIP

Ekseption

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4 stars Although Ekseption was essentially an instrumental band, this album as well as the third album features a singer, even though a lot of the compositions are instrumental. Beggar Julia's Timetrip is based on a story of a man who travels through time in a spaceship and observes the great composers at work. Thus, the story is of course a perfect setting for introducing some rock/jazz versions of Albinoni's Adagio, Bach's Italian Concerto and Tchaikovsky's piano concerto garnished with some Beethoven. Much more than on their first album this one features music written by Rick, who offers some very explosive Hammond on Pop Giant, experiments with synthesizers, and uses the church organ to conclude the album. Featured on this album are also the trumpet of Rein van den Broek and the sax of Dick Remelinck. This really is a must have album.
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Posted Saturday, September 25, 2004 | Review Permalink
federico2_bar
5 stars REALLY: 4,53

"Beggar Julias Time Trip" is another masterpiece. If "Adagio", "Italian Concerto" and "Concerto" are classic music, is necessary to say that the insert of "Space" is pure psychedelic music. I do not know you, but I do not succeed to do less to excite myself every time that the listening.

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Posted Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars Ekseption is best known for their, at times quirky, reworkings of the classics. What most people forget is that the also wrote great jazz influenced prog and that they made at least two good albums. This album is one of them. On this album, their second, they were joined by singer Michiel van Dijk, who later would be the frontman of Alquin. Having vocals on this album adds an extra attraction to the music of Ekseption.

This album covers the story of a female Beggar named Julia, who travels through time, starting in the year 900 and ending in our time. The story is narrated by actress Linda van Dijk. All the tracks are blended together, often linked with smaller spacey pieces. On this album you can find four songs from the classic, the rest are originals by Rick van der Linden. The album has of course the typical Ekseption sound with the great keyboard playing of van der Linden (especially on the organ) and ever present brass section. At times it sounds like Procul Harum (like parts from Pop Giant) or even Pink Floyd (in Music For Mind). Julia is a beautiful, melodic track with intense vocals by Van Dijk. Feelings is a track that starts poppy but ends jazzy.

If you ever were to try out the music of Ekseption, I can recommend this album.

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Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Review Permalink
2 stars The second album.

Ouverture Sounds medieval, with flute and almost could be Focus with Akkerman replaced by a horn section. The track becomes more dramatic with the fine organ playing and pulsating bass. 5 stars

Prologue Ow, a female narrator throughout all the track. 0 stars

Julia A melodic sung number with dominating organ and piano by Rick van den Linden. The percussionist, who sings the vocals, reminds me of early Peter Gabriel. 4 stars

Flying power Weird, modulated vocals. 0 stars

Adagio/Space/Italian concerto Great organ by Van den Linden and subtle horn playing. The smooth interchange of the classical with the jazzy piano and back is pretty nice. Great bassplaying on this one. 4 stars

Concerto Basically a rockier reworking of a classical theme (Čajkovskij), but it sounds good this time. The guitar driven psychedelic part is pretty good. 3 stars

Space Ok, directionless, this snippet. Just some weird synth for 26 seconds. 0 stars

Pop giant This one sounds like ELP with a horn section. After the upbeat, jazzy organ driven section the slower vocal part comes in, interchanging with jazzy solos on the saxophone and trumpet, and the track concludes with the fast, ELP-like part. 5 stars

Space III Again a snippet of directionless synth noodling. I know it represents space and it is good for what it is, but it is really bland. 0 stars.

Feelings A nice, melodic instrumental with fine work from the horn section and a pulsating bass. I love Van den Linden´ s harpsichord playing and the the concluding saxophone solo on this one as well. is 5 stars

Epilogue The spoken part again. I understand why it is there, but still, it all seems rather patchy. 0 stars

Finale-Music for mind Ok, a weird half psychedelic instrumental with a majestic organ conclusion. Nice and effective, but not that clever. 3 stars

Overall rating: 2 STARS

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Posted Saturday, August 11, 2007 | Review Permalink
Gatot
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3 stars The success of debut album had made Rick van der Linden became the band's official leader. On the band's second album "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" he was the main writer, composer and arranger of the band. While on first album was pure instrumental piece, starting from this second album (followed later with the third) the band had included singer Michel van Dijk. It's actually obvious that Ekseption is by definition is an instrumental band because the characteristic of their music sounds better with no vocal.

It was quite interesting to me that this album was basically a concept album about a beggar named Julia who traveled through the passage of time from hundred years ago until recent days. It's quite interesting also with the narration throughout the album by Linda van Dijk. "Overture" opens the album with flute-work followed nicely by van der Linden's organ sounds. Through "Adagio" and "Italian concerto" Rick van der Linded demonstrates excellent organ work. "Concerto" is also another excellent track with excellent guitar work.

Overall, this is not something masterpiece but it's very good especially with the fact that this was an attempt to a concept album which I thought that it was first started with Genesis "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway". Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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Posted Thursday, January 10, 2008 | Review Permalink
apps79
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3 stars Born out of the ashes of a band named ''Incrowd'', EKSEPTION were fronted by gifted musician Rick Van Der Linden and won the first prize at the Loosdrecht Jazz Festival to lead them to an eponymous debut filled with interpretetions of classical pieces in 1969.''Beggar Julia's time trip'' followed in 1970 with original material and a concept around a beggar,who travels through time.An essential approach to classical and jazz music,the album is characterized by the trully amazing and sensintive playing of Van Der Linden on piano,xylophone and mellotron,close to the likes of classical composers.On the other hand the classical approach is accompanied by brass instruments like trumpet,trombone and saxes to fill the album with an intense jazzy feeling.One of the few EKSEPTION albums featuring a (quite good) vocalist,''Beggar Julia's time trip'' is a very good example of classical early-70's prog rock with strong jazz doses.
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Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The second album of this band is a concept album. Overture, prologue, spoken narrations and music. Concept album, in short.

Ekseption was a band with a huge affection for Johan Sebastian Bach. Even on this album, their have their noses firmly stucked up in the back of him. I don't think it is that original and creative to copy over his music and then release it under the name Ekseption. That's muzak; not progressive music. But Ekseption has created something here which is pretty creative. It can also pass as progressive music. The organ music here is everywhere and it is supplemented with drums, bass and some woodwinds.

The quality of the music here is pretty good overall. The storyline is good too, whatever the story is all about. The musical concept is a good one. This is the only Ekseption album I have heard so far which has some balls and some creativity. So a good three stars is in order.

3 stars

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Posted Friday, July 8, 2011 | Review Permalink
Guillermo
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4 stars For this, their second album, the band had some changes in the line-up: both Rob Kruisman (saxophones, flute, guitar, vocals) and Huib van Kampen (guitar, Tenor saxophone) left the band, being replaced by Dick Remelink ( saxes, flute). Drummer Peter de Leeuwe also left the band (but returned for their next album), being replaced by Dennis Whitbread. Also the band had a lead singer called Michel van Dijk, plus some guest appearances from Tony Vos (saxes, tonytone, electronic effects, and also the main producer of some of their albums), Linda van Dyck ( voice on "Prologue" & "Epilogue"), and Eric van Lier (trombone, tuba), who also was going to participate in their '00.04' album from 1971.

This album is really a concept album about a beggar named Julia who does a time trip through several centuries (more or less as I understood the concept). The main composer in the original musical pieces in this album is keyboard player Rick van der Linden, with some collaborations with lyrics from singer Michel van Dijk, who really only sings in two songs ('Juila' and 'Pop Giant'), and from Linda van Dyck who does some narration. There are some sections in the album which really are done with electronic sound effects and their function is more to work as links to other musical pieces. These electronic sound effects make this album sound a bit influenced by psychedelia, and they really sound like 'experiments' maybe done with Moogs or with other electronic devices.

As in every album by the band, there are several arrangements done to Classical Music pieces (Albinoni`s 'Adagio', J.S. Bach`s 'Italian Concerto', and Tchaikovsky`s 'Concerto'). The appearance of an electric guitar solo in 'Concerto' and its previous appearance as the B-side of the 'Air' single in 1969 makes me think that 'Concerto' was really recorded for their first album, but was finally released in their second album. Of these Classical Music pieces I prefer more 'Adagio' and 'Concerto'. There are also some brief appearances from other uncredited Classical Music pieces in some parts of the album, like some bars from Rachmaninoff`s First Piano Concerto and a bit from J.S Bach`s 'Sicilano in G', a musical piece which the band was going to record in a full arrangement for their 'Ekseption 5' album from 1972.

This is maybe their first attempt for a full Prog album, having a conceptual story, and with each musical piece being linked one after the other without interruptions (other to the natural end of the Side One in the old LP version). The Jazz, Rock, Classical and Pop influences are very present, and maybe in this second album the band sounds more 'mature', more 'serious', and with maybe having less inclinations to appear in the radio, even if they still released some singles.

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Posted Saturday, August 1, 2015 | Review Permalink
ALotOfBottle
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Ekseption produced some very interesting material in the early 70's. Their style is somewhat reminiscent of The Nice - full of rock adaptations of classical music of the romantic, classical, and baroque periods. Therefore, do not expect any very sophisticated melodies, rhythms or harmonies - this is pure European tidyness. This record in particular is a great showcase of what these Dutch prog-rockers were able to do. Ekseption consisted of drums, bass, organ, and a horn section - sax and trumpet. This line-up gave them great versatility, which you can hear on this record. "Beggar Julia's Time Trip" is a beautifully twisted mix of classical baroque music, dry, up-beat rock tempos, and excellent, authentic bebop passages, featuring great instrumental abilities from all of the band members. "Italian Concerto" also perfectly presents that and is in my opinion the highlight of the album. You can forgive not the best recording quality and that "dry" factor in the mix. Rick Van Linden is an excellent keyboard player, whose abilities should be put among the greatest - Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Tony Banks, Dave Stewart or Jon Lord. All of the band members present a great technical know-how and classical training. The record, however, as fun as it is to listen to, has not aged gracefully, sounding very dated, cheesy, and, at times, even commercial. 3 stars is a good rating. It is still recommended!
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Posted Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Review Permalink

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