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3.85 | 25 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1976

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Bury Me Dead (5:57)
2. Today Another Day (5:39)
3. Jester (3:58)
4. Soft Shoe Dancer (4:42)
5. Mr. Bigalow (4:13)
6. Sweet Tune (5:02)
7. Sleepwalker (5:24)
8. I Can See Tears (6:01)
9. Suicide (8:20)

Total Time: 49:16

Line-up / Musicians

- Jahn Teigen / lead & backing vocals, glockenspiel
- Arne Schulze / electric, acoustic & 12-string guitars, Fx (9)
- Pete Knutsen / electric & acoustic guitars, grand piano, Fender Rhodes, Hammond, Mellotron, clavinet, harpsichord, MiniMoog, backing vocals
- Terje Methi / bass, backing vocals
- Thor Andreassen / drums, percussion

- Sylvette Allart / ondes Martenot (4,6,7)
- Richard Raux / tenor & soprano saxes (3)
- Inger Lise Rypdal / backing vocals (7,9)

Releases information

Artwork: Dave Roe

LP Polydor ‎- 2480 332 (1976, Norway)

CD Polydor ‎- 843 173-2 (1990, Norway)

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POPOL ACE / POPOL VUH Stolen From Time ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

POPOL ACE / POPOL VUH Stolen From Time reviews

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Review by Gatot
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3 stars Unlike the debut album "Stolen From Time" is less progressive especially in the structure of the song as well as music textures. The band tried to keep up with what was happening in the market in terms of rock music releases. The album opener "Bury Me Dead" is a nice outfit using piano and keyboard as the foundation of the music, augmented with guitar work. Vocal quality is similar with Barry Palmer of Triumvirat. As opening track this one sets the overall tone of the album. For those of you are so longing for classic rock music, you might consider having this CD in your collection.

"Today Another Day" is composed in the same vein like opening track. In this song Jahn Teigen (vocals) demonstrates his quality voice with a firm accent that makes the music is quite enjoyable. Guitar provides its solo at the background and never been exposed as soloist. The song changes its style into bluesy one in the middle of the track - or minute 4:00 to be exact. The guitar portion is now quite apparent. "The Jester" is another classic rock tune combining guitar fills, keyboard and energetic voice. Jahn Teigen proves his voice which works well at high notes - followed with excellent keyboard work. "Soft Shoe Dancer" is good composition with bluesy style, nice vocal. This song provides good break for the album. It's an enjoyable song that represents 70s music. "Sleepwalker" concludes the album in medium tempo rock music combining guitar and keyboard and good vocal quality.

It's definitely a good album that suits those of you who want to make a complete collection of 70s music which typically called as classic rock.

"Nothing is useless. Even a spoilt clock shows the right time twice everyday!"

Review by Rune2000
5 stars Unlike my previous nostalgic reviews, like those of City Boy or Chase, Popol Ace is actually a rather recent addition to my album collection. I was introduced to this wonderful treasure of early Norwegian Prog while on my way to the Oslo Prog two day festival exactly a year ago. Still, it's really difficult for me to talk about this band's music without somehow feeling highly nostalgic about their sound. I guess that nostalgia can come in many different shapes and forms without necessarily being nostalgic to begin with! Sometimes all it takes is a few familiar notes, a certain melodic hook or just the use of a Mellotron!

This was the third out of the four Popol Ace albums and the first they released under the name Popol Ace. This occurred immediately after the band found out that another German band was baring the name Popol Vuh. The name change clearly brought out a new spark within the quintet, which is quite notable on Stolen From Time. Ambitions were set high not only in the songwriting and music arrangements but also in the long studio time that was demanded during the production of the album. Stolen From Time is a thematic piece of music where the nine different tracks are played out like nine chapters of the same story arc with smooth transitions between some of the sections.

The album features a wide range of sounds and direction, although this time it manages to keep the overall style distinguishable and unique, unlike the band's debut album which played a definite homage to blues rock of its time. Mr. Bigalow is probably the album's most eclectic piece of music with interesting guitar and keyboard arrangements but I wouldn't say that it's the most progressive moment that Stolen From Time has to offer. The opening three tracks is where the band shines the most while the rest of the material might take some time to get accustomed to. Still it's those exact compositions that make this album such a magical experience for me!

Sweet Tune is a gorgeous ballad that relies equally on Arne Schulze's guitar and Jahn Teigen's vocal arrangements, the result is beyond anything I can put into words! Sleepwalker is probably my least favorite of these compositions but it doesn't say much considering the high overall quality of this record. I Can See Tears is a haunting ballad which clearly was inspired by Genesis while the 8+ minute album closer Suicide mixes best qualities of ELP, Kansas and Focus all in one performance!

Stolen From Time is simply a gorgeous piece of Progressive Rock history that more people should take the time to experience! I'm honestly surprised by the current forgotten status of this album which makes me very sad. Stolen From Time gave me so much pleasure over the last year that I just have to return the favor!

***** star songs: Bury Me Dead (5:57) Today Another Day (5:39) Jester (3:58) Mr. Bigalow (4:13) Sweet Tune (5:02)

**** star songs: Soft Shoe Dancer (4:42) Sleepwalker (5:24) I Can See Tears (6:01) Suicide (8:20)

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4 stars Not 100% Prog "Stolen From Time" is a good album in Classic Rock field. But also in Prog Rock field "Stolen From Time" not cut a poor figure. The style is a bluesy Rock with symphonic arrangements. But the final result is a good Rock. Piano and keyboards are the dominant instruments with good ... (read more)

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