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CAT OF 9 TALES - BEST OF 1972-78

Popol Ace / Popol Vuh

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4.05 | 3 ratings | 1 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1994

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hunchback (4:06)
2. All We Have Is the Past (4:28)
3. Leavin' Chicago (Live) (3:52)
4. For Eternity (5:33)
5. Queen of All Queens (3:36)
6. Dark Nights (4:01)
7. Mrs. Randalie (7:55)
8. Music Box (4:16)
9. Between You and Me (3:18)
10. Bury Me Dead (5:53)
11. Today Another Day (5:41)
12. The Jester (3:58)
13. Soft Shoe Dancer (4:42)
14. Sleepwalker (4:57)
15. California USA (5:01)
16. Mountain Man (3:52)

Total Time: 75:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Thor Andreassen / drums, percussion
- Pete Knutsen / keyboards, guitar
- Terje Methi / bass
- Arne Schulze / guitar
- Jahn Teigen / vocals (1 - 14)
- Asbjørn Krogtoft / vocals (15, 16)
- Pjokken Eide / flute (1, 2 and 4)

Guest musicians:
- Sylvette Allart / ondes Martenot (13 and 14)
- Richard Raux / soprano sax (12)
- Inger Lise Rypdal / backing vocals (14)

Releases information

CD Polygram 523908-2 (1994 Norway)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
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Review by Gatot
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4 stars This is an excellent compilation of Popol Vuh / Popol Ace. I have reviewed each individual album that make this compilation. "Hunchback" represents the band experimentation with combined styles of classic rock and symphonic prog. The opening part reminds me to the music of Khan "Space Shanty" backed with excellent vocal of Jahn Teigen which is similar to John Lawton (Lucifer's Friend, Uriah Heep). This also uses mellotron / long sustain keyboard as background. What surprises me is that this track has excellent flute work as excellent as Thijs Van Leer of Focus. The interesting part of this track is when there is a narration just before the song ends. The music of this album is very similar in nature from one track to another. "All We Have Is The Past", for example, is in similar style with others. Performed in relatively slow tempo, the interlude part reminds me to the structure of King Crimson's "I Talk To The Wind". I think the flutework that makes me think that way. The vocal style reminds me also to PFM especially in "Chocolate Kings" album.

"Music Box" is my best favorite track from the band. It reminds me to my childhood when this track was popular in my country. "Between You and Me" is a nice ballad with excellent piano, touchy melody line with powerful voice of the lead vocalist. "Queen of all queens" is an excellent classic rock song with distinctive guitar work. "Dark nights" is also not bad at all. It flows with piano as main rhythm section. "Mrs. Randalie" demonstrates he band's adventure into symphonic prog music. I like the bass lines for this track. Duration-wise this track is like typical prog tunes with 8 minute duration.

This band is good in combining various instruments to build a compelling nuance of the music created. "For Eternity" may fall into this category. With nice introduction of acoustic guitar and keyboard, this track moves in crescendo from long acoustic guitar - keyboard duets. The opening part reminds me to the psychedelic adventures, supported with ambient and nice melody. It also gives symphonic nuance that brings beautifully into lyrical verses. The first singing part gives a nuance similar to seventies music like Trapeze (Glenn Hughes band prior to joining Deep Purple). I like the interlude part with two guitars play intertwiningly with the support of mellotron work. Oh yeah, you might sense an influence of King Crimson as well right here with this track.

For those who have not known the band before, this compilation is recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

"I'm sitting in a music box , I'm making songs - wanna know what for? Is there really more to tell , or haven't you really had before? Oh . uuuhhhh . who can tell? Oh .. in the end it won't make us different. - Music Box by Popol Ace

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