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Live, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (59:21)
1. Vision Quest (3:26)
2. What Are You Waiting For (3:37)
3. Typhoons Decide (5:41)
4. Really Something (3:50)
5. Moomin Took My Head (4:54)
6. Infinite Justice (6:25)
7. Humble Decision (5:28)
8. Once the Tree Would Bloom (4:51)
9. Did I Go Wrong (5:52)
10. Think Like a Mountain (4:58)
11. Solitary Man (10:19)

CD 2 (55:42)
1. Dinosaur Spaceship (5:55)
2. Explosive Paste (4:51)
3. Acoustic Medley (8:51)
4. Mother You've Been Gone for Much Too Long (11:24)
5. Do You Wanna See the Sun (5:32)
6. Big Black Secret (8:06)
7. Seasong for the Moominpappa (11:03)

Total Time 115:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Patrik Lundström / lead vocals, electric & acoustic guitars
- Fredrik Lindqvist / bass, bouzouki, mandolin, tin whistles, vocals
- Johan Nordgren / drums & percussion
- Jon Gamble / keyboards, harmonica

Releases information

CD Tempus Fugit (2006)
CD Inside/Out Music SPV DCD 089-48572 (2006)

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RITUAL Live ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(65%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
Collectors/fans only (5%)
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Review by Neu!mann
4 stars Prog fans lucky enough to attend the 6th annual Rites of Spring Festival outside of Philadelphia in May of 2008 enjoyed the privilege of seeing the US performance debut of Sweden's best-kept secret, and one of the rising stars in the European Prog community. Take it from someone who was there (and who had never heard of them beforehand): Ritual put on one heck of a show, arguably the best of a busy weekend.

But here at least is a taste of what you might have missed, albeit recorded two years earlier, while the band was on tour in Scandinavia: a double-disc capturing the energetic essence of a great live act. More than that, it also works as an effective sampler of the group's first three studio albums, functioning not unlike a live 'best of' summary of their career thus far.

It's all here: the heavy Neo-Prog chords, the exuberant acoustic folk tunes, lots of catchy melodies, and more than one gut-thumping rhythm. And of course no Ritual album or concert would be complete without a moomintroll or two, imaginary creatures out of the celebrated children's stories by Tove Jansson, as always a major source of inspiration for the band.

The other obvious influence would be the music of GENTLE GIANT, by way of JETHRO TULL (circa "Songs From the Wood"), especially evident during the nine-plus minute acoustic medley, typically a concert highlight (as it was at ROSFest). My favorite moment from the CD version: when frontman Patrick Lundström invites the audience to "sing it!" during one of the band's knottier, more acrobatic vocal harmonies.

You won't hear any 20+ minute epics a la THE FLOWER KINGS (fellow Swedes and kindred spirits, but I'll take the playful moomins any day): Ritual's magnum opus "A Dangerous Journey", from the band's 2008 album "The Hemulic Voluntary Band", was still two years away at this point. But these guys can pack more animation and muscle into a six-minute, radio-friendly Prog Pop song than most groups can fit into an entire concept album. And make it sound even more dynamic when played on stage for an enthusiastic crowd.

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