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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I'm Feeling So Lonely (2:26)
2. Magic Wind (2:40)
3. Drifting (2:18)
4. Zombie (3:38)
5. Paradox (6:37)
6. It's A Long Way (3:26)
7. Turn Me On (3:32)
8. So We Meet Again (4:39)
9. Use Your Sense (3:41)
10. Our Love Has Ended (2:52)

Total Time: 35:49

Line-up / Musicians

- Hans Lauridsen / lead vocals
- Karsten Lyng / lead & acoustic guitars, piano, organ, vocals
- Ole Prehn / bass, guitar, maracas, tambourine, vocals
- Henrik Friis / drums, percussion

- Tony Reeves / bass (3), producer
- Jess Stæhr / bass (8)

Releases information

LP Sonet ‎- SLPS 1541 (1972, Denmark)
LP Chapter 1 - CHS-R-812 (1972, UK)

LP Universal - 00602557859225, Sonet ‎- UNI 578 592 2 (2018, Denmark, 2018 Record Store Day release)

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(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(14%)
Good, but non-essential (71%)
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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars DotP's second album benefited from a wider presentation than their debut album, because it was expected that the BRI reinforcement (following that group's break up) would actually boost this group. Coming with a gatefold sleeve, still produced by Colosseum's Tony Reeves, this album was released in 72, Neighbour's Son is a listless collection of songs that are closer to BRI's usual standards, rather than DotP's more improvised sound of their debut album. This is all the more surprising, because the vast majority of the songwriting is still handled by the two guitarists Prehn and Lyng.

Musically much less enthralling, DotP plays tracks between 1:55 and 6:36 sounding like a flute-less Jethro Tull or Free, but without the songwriting skill. Even the longer tracks don't allow much room for musical interplay and there is little to remind us of the patchy but enthralling debut album. It's even hard for me to give you a preferred song, because they ll sound a bit alike, but the closing track is always a good one, because it sounds so nice once the raucus stopped. .

Best avoided if you ask me, this straight rock album is probably as interesting as are the later Midnight Sun album, also released on Sonet.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "The Neighbour's Son" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Danish heavy psychadelic rock act Day of Phoenix. "The Neighbour's Son" was originally released on LP in 1972 through Sonet Records. The album was re-issued in 1979 as a double LP with the bandīs first studio album "Wide Open N-Way (1970)". Itīs been re-released both as a single CD and as a double CD set with "Wide Open N-Way (1970)" in recent years. After releasing "Wide Open N-Way (1970)" the band disbanded in 1971 as bassist/pianist Erik Stedt (also a member of Danish psychadelic rock act Beefeaters) sadly passed away. However the two guitarists Karsten Lyng and Ole Prehn opted to reform and reorganize the band. They recruited Ole Fick (guitars, vocals), Jess Stæhr (Bass) and Bo Thrige Andersen (Drums) to complete the lineup. All three were fresh out of work from the recently disbanded Burninī Red Ivanhoe. With a lineup like that expectations were naturally high to "The Neighbour's Son".

Unfortunately the band have changed their style a lot since "Wide Open N-Way (1970)". The tracks are (safe for a few exceptions) vers/chorus structured rock songs completely lacking the dark, heavy, psychadelic and semi-progressive nature of "Wide Open N-Way (1970)". The musicianship are obviously on a very high level and compared to the debut that part is actually more professionally executed. The music is still very guitar driven and itīs obvious that itīs two guitarists that are the main men behind the project. The issue here is the songwriting. The only track on the album thatīs a bit adventurous is the 6:37 minutes long "Paradox". Itīs also the longest track on the album and itīs the track that reminds me the most of the material from "Wide Open N-Way (1970)". The rest is not bad but itīs pretty unremarkable.

The sound production which is courtesy of Tony Reeves (Colosseum, Greenslade) is professional and well sounding. Pleasant and organic. So in many ways "The Neighbour's Son" is a quality release by Day of Phoenix. The compositions are just generally not memorable enough or intriguing enough to leave a lasting impression. A 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating is warranted.

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