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4.05 | 56 ratings | 2 reviews | 34% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. North Star (5:54)
2. The Rough Places Plain (3:14)
3. Sail (4:32)
4. At The Hawk`s Well (3:09)
5. Children Of God (1:09)
6. Opening (5:32)
7. Naiads (2:02)
8. Shard (0:29)
9. Spring Is Really Coming (2:55)
10. Bell Spirit (0:42)
11. Baku The Dream Eater (4:22)
12. The Silence Of A Candle (1:45)
13. Land Of Heart`s Desire (3:21)
14. The Swan (3:51)
15. Touchstone (5:55)

Total time 48:52

Line-up / Musicians

- Ralph Towner / Classical (1,2,11,14) & 12-string (3,5,6,8,11-13,15) guitars, harmonica (11), Mellophone (11,15)
- Paul McCandless / oboe (1,6-8,10,11,14,15), English horn (3,12,15), reeds (5)
- Glen Moore / double bass (1,6,9,11,12,14,15), bass (3), piano (4,7,13), violin (5,8), flute (15)
- Collin Walcott / tabla (1,6,11,14), sitar (2,11,12), percussion (3,11,15), rhythm guitar (3), piano (1,5,8), mridangam (9,15), bells (10), esraj (11)

Releases information

Artwork: Jules Halfant

LP Vanguard ‎- VSD 79326 (1972, US)

CD Vanguard ‎- VMD 79326-2 (1987, Germany)

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OREGON Music Of Another Present Era ratings distribution

(56 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(34%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (11%)
Collectors/fans only (7%)
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Review by oliverstoned
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4 stars The second Oregon album is the most inspired one and probably their best. The percussions add a rhythmic element which gives some speed and quickness to the music. Hence "Sail", a lively and catchy tune. The album is varied, made of short pieces with avant-garde or meditative moments, each one developing a peculiar mood. A great introduction to the band.
Review by Warthur
4 stars On Oregon's debut album what you get is jazz fusion with a strong emphasis on the jazz side of the equation. In fact, I'd count Oregon as being one of the few fusion outfits who don't actually draw that much on rock - instead, the main non-jazz influences are folk music and raga, the latter seeping in through Collin Walcott's tabla and sitar. The title of "Music of Another Present Era" is apt, for the album at once has that rich vein of experimentalism characteristic of so much 1970s music and has a production that is strongly reminiscent of the era, and yet at the same time they seem to sit outside all the contemporary trends of 1972, sounding more like a continuation of 1960s post-bop in some places. Intriguing stuff, though it does meander a little.

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