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2.38 | 13 ratings | 1 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1975

Songs / Tracks Listing

1- Long Distance Line 5:21
2- Only The Dancers 3:01
3- It's Not My Fault 4:34
4- Frustration 2:52
5- Hovercraft Queen 3:40
6- Time is due 5:40
7- The Way I'm Living 5:41
8- Moment 8:01

Line-up / Musicians

Rolf Henning / guitars
Michael Bundt / Bass
Siddartha Gautama / Drums
Steve Robinson / Keyboards
Walter Seyffer / Vocals

David Jackson / Wind
Steve Robinson / Keyboards

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Bacillus BLPS 19200

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NINE DAYS' WONDER Only The Dancer ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
Good, but non-essential (54%)
Collectors/fans only (31%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars This third album is easily NDW's most deceiving even if the gatefold held some promises. Down to a quartet, but still lead by drummer/singer Seyffer, the album is mostly straight ahead rock, and if well executed, it can only deceived after their previous two albums even if Rolf Henning is back on guitar. It was recorded in England and boasted shorter tracks (except for the closing track), and has the curiosity of hosting VdGG's Dave Jackson on most tracks, Grobschnitt's Lupo (for the great humoresque interventions on the opening track) but Seyffer had left the drums/percussions (to an Indian) and much of his zaniness, even if he still dominates in the songwriting department.

Some tracks still hold quite a bit of interest, such as the opening Long Distance Line with its mid-section being drastically different than the verse-chorus parts) and the closing track , the lengthy Moments (where the group finally abandons a bit the classic song structure), but on the whole most of them are very average, such as the title track (with Audience/Gnidrolog vocals), Not My Fault, Hovercraft Queen and The Way I'm Living. One of the fun things is you recognize clearly Jackson's style of sax playing even if his parts are much more conventional (and much less electronically-trafficked) than in his Generator. Generally, the second side is better than the first but this is marginal.

But the few plusses of this album hardly offset the minuses and the vast majority of average. Best avoided unless you have all their other albums. While two stars may appear harsh (but outside the opening and closing tracks.) , compared to NDW's other albums, it really is not!!

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