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4.26 | 6 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Within My Flesh (3:20)
2. Create Your way (8:50)
3. Reactivated Tarkus (10:55)
a) Revenge / Coda
b) Ironfish
c) Quicksands
4. Dreams & Legends in the Iceberg's Heart (7:10)
5. My Body (7:50)
6. Answer? (4:10)
7. Drum Solo (4:45)
8. Peter Gunn (5:30)
9. Evolution - impr - (11:55)

Total Time 64:25

Line-up / Musicians

- Daniel Seglers / keyboards, vocals
- Jan Satorras / guitars
- Daniel Fernández / bass, vocals
- Marc Viaplana / flute
- Juan Camilo Anzola / drums

- Juliette Thiry / backing vocals (2)

Releases information

Independently released
It comprises two studio tracks and seven live tracks from a concert at La Gramola (Manresa), April 3rd, 2005

Thanks to Cesar Inca for the addition
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URBAN TRAPEZE Single & Live ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars Hey, guys of Urban Trapeze. now you're talking! The band's sophomore effort "Single & Live" really does exhibit the essential splendor that sets the band's core sound. This item's title is literal, just like that - it comprises two tracks that originally had appeared on a single-CD, plus a live gig at "La Gramola" (Manresa - April, 3rd of 2005). The tracklist successfully displays the band members' proficiency and gusto for an eclectic approach to prog rock. 'Within My Flesh' is a hell of an opener. This lovely track states an agile, appealing take at Canterbury legends Hatfield and Caravan. Why is it so short? The attractive moods created by the playful flute lines and the track's catchy rhythmic development built a solid ground for a loftier musical feast. Anyway, it is a lovely track whatsoever. 'Create Your Way' does grow within a properly expanded structure. This piece combines jazz-prog and Yessian symphonic prog in a very dynamic way, setting a powerful frame for the track's main body. There is also a slow portion that reminds me of "Dark Side"-era Pink Floyd. The live section gets started with the first three sections of the 'Reactivated Tarkus' suite (the best sections, in my opinion). The start of 'Dreams & legends in the Iceberg's Heart' seems to have missed its starting point, but in the end, what you get is a very good combination of spacey symphonic prog, psychedelia and jazz-prog. The vocal department is a bit weak, but it doesn't detract from the special magic that is created in this song's slower portions. There is something really intriguing about the prominent synth sounds and the rhythm duo's dynamics that makes Urban Trapeze stand quite closely related to the 70s Italian symphonic scene (Le Orme, Apoteosi). 'My Body' establishes a peculiar combination of space-rock friendly symphonic prog with the less stylish, early facet of Canterbury. The intrepid passages never get aggressive: in fact, they are mainly extensions of the main ambiences comprised in the track's integral development. 'Answer?' starts as a soft ballad, dreamy and relaxing, before bursting into yet another excellent Canterbury-style jam: Urban Trapeze really nailed the spirit of Caravan's first three albums, mastering it with its own particular skill and stamina. An electrifying drum solo follows, which states an enthusiastic vibe in accord with the prominent moods in the album's repertoire. The funny, relatively free version of 'Peter Gunn' reinforces the overall high spirit. This is most certainly the progressive trend in which UT feels more comfortable: predominance of the jazz-prog factor, jam-friendly, with symphonic and space-rock elements settling in for good measure. The closer 'Evolution' was also the closer for the debut release "Reactivated Tarkus", only this time its presence makes much more sense - it's not a graft but a pertinent culminating point for this tracklist. Like I said earlier, this is the album in which the essence of Urban Trapeze's prog creativity bears a real powerful presence.

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5 stars Of its nine tracks, clocking at a total of 64 minutes, only the first two are "singles", 64 minutes but fantastic!. "Within My Flesh" is like Finisterre meets Camel with a bit of Stereolab. It is the story of a strange, intercontinental relationship in hiding. "Create Your Way" opens as i ... (read more)

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