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Ekseption

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Guillermo
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4 stars I have seen in several websites dedicated to reviews that Ekseption seems to be underrated. Sometimes it`s hard to define this band as "Progressive", because the sound of their music is a mixture of Classical music, "Commercial European Pop of the Seventies", Jazz, Rock and sometimes Prog Rock. In this album, these styles are mixed. Ekseption also seems to be remembered because they recorded arrangements of Classical music pieces, and sometimes they are underrated because they did it. In this album, "Ave Maria" is in this kind of arrangement, with a very good version, which includes a combination of trumpet and sax leading the melody of this piece of music. The rest of the band and the piano and the spinet played by van der Linden are in the background. I like it very much. The other classical piece arranged by van der Linden for the group is "Partita No. 2 in C minor", played on a pipe organ and with a synthesizer, accompanied by the band. The rest of the songs are original pieces composed by van der Linden, and they also are very good. "Choral" has a choir and the music is similar in style to J.S. Bach`s music, with van der Linden using the Pipe Organ . "Picadilly Sweet" has an orchestra (Royal Philarmonic Orchestra) playing along with the band, and here the Jazz music influences are more obvious. Van der Linden uses the Pipe Organ again in this piece of music. Some of the other songs sound in a Jazz-Rock style, sounding sometimes like commercial Pop. But the arrangemets (done by van der Linden) are very good, and all the musicians are very good. This is the only one of their original albums that I have listened to. The other is a compilation of arrangements of classical pieces called "Greatest Hits" (made in France). In the eighties it was easier to find their L.P.s, and I don`t know if they are easy to find now in C.D. I only have seen C.D. compilations of their music.

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Posted Friday, September 17, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars One of the things many reviewers miss about this album is that is was specifically planned.

At the time of its conception, Phillips Corporation (a Dutch company) was promoting their new recording system (24-track tape, if I recall properly), and they recruited Rik van der Linden and Ekseption as the premier orchestal rock band in the Netherlands at that time.

The combination of Phillips' corporate influence and van der Linden's credentails as a composer gave them access to one of the finest pipe organs in the world, and this album was largely (if not entirely) recorded in a cathedral in Holland. The selection of tracks was dominated by what would demonstrate the capabilities of the recording system rather than those of the band - but in the end, that was not a bad thing.

No matter - this is an album that clearly demonstrates the debt progressive rock owes to classical music, and stands on its own merits.

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Posted Tuesday, March 08, 2005 | Review Permalink
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4 stars REALLY: 4,21

"00.04" is a very convincing album that has the better moments in: "Ave Maria", "Partita No 2 In C Minor" and "Picadilly Sweet". The Ekseption build a where more than album the tecnique is the feeling to be in first line. This album is aged well and, to my warning, remains a missed masterpiece.

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Posted Friday, December 30, 2005 | Review Permalink

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