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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc One (60:39)
1. Ricochet (5:45)
2. The Great Unknown (6:22)
3. From Within (7:25)
4. In For A Ride (6:47)
5. The War Is Over (4:39)
6. Monolith (6:08)
7. A Sky About To Rain (6:30)
8. Every Step I Take (3:07)
9. Groundbound (5:23)
10. Gravity (8:23)

Disc Two (63:20)
1. Sad Rain (Alt Mix) (10:17)
2. Wheel (7:54)
3. The Old Man & The Sea (7:51)
4. Nucleus (Demo) (5:46)
5. Book Of Hours (Demo) (9:36)
6. This Far From The Sky (Demo) (9:17)
7. 30 Pieces (Demo) (6:58)
8. Prince Of The Ocean (Demo) (5:41)

Total Time: 123:59

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Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Nordins / drums, cymbals, percussion, vibes
- Anna Sofi Dahlberg / mellotron, organ, moog, rhodes, cello, piano, voice
- Nicklas Barker / voice, guitar, mellotron, moog, vibes
- Jan Erik Liljeström / voice, bass

Releases information

Digital Release: 27th April 2009
CD Release: 11th May 2009

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4.03
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Review by Nightfly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Rock Progressivo Italiano Team
4 stars Being the kind of person who usually enjoys listening to songs on albums in the order they were intended there is normally little incentive for me to buy compilations. Now and again though one will come along that is a must because of rarities and unreleased tracks etc. Such an album is Chapters from Swedish proggers Anekdoten. Beautifully packaged in a double digipak format it's a 2 cd set that spans their entire career.

Anekdoten started life in the early nineties playing King Crimson covers and their own material was highly influenced by Crimson, at least to begin with. The powerful and dynamic rhythm section of Peter Nordins (drums) and Jan Erik Liljeström (bass) are complimented by the haunting keyboard sounds (the wonderful mellotron more often than not) of Anna Sofi Dahlberg as well as her occasional use of cello and guitarist Nicklas Barker (formerly Berg) with a style ranging from powerful riffs to subtle, delicate picking. Melancholic vocals are handled by Barker and Liljeström with occasional help from Dahlberg.

Musically Anekdoten range from the incredibly heavy to quiet sublime moments often in the same song giving them an extremely dynamic sound. As already mentioned, Crimson were a big early influence though they always stamped their own identity on their music and after the first couple of albums their music displayed these influences less and less over each subsequent release.

Of the previously released songs, any compilation is bound to bring up arguments about whether this or that track should have been included but the band have done a good job in selecting a broad section of material. I would have included the hypnotic Hole but it's of little matter as I already own all the studio albums. All albums are covered though strangely nothing appears from Nucleus except in demo form. Most of the previously released material appears on the first disc covering their last 3 studio albums which it would appear are the bands favourites. 2 tracks from Vemod appear on disc 2.

Of most interest to fans who own their 5 studio albums already is the wealth of unreleased material. Closing disc 1 is When I Turn, an old song which the band never felt they could do justice to due to problems playing the piano part. Finally it has been completed with help from Per Wilberg of Opeth fame. It finds the band in restrained ballad mode, keyboards and vocals only and is a lovely piece.

Disc 2 opens with Sad Rain, a song that was only previously available on the Japanese version of their debut album Vemod. It's an alternative mix that appears here and well worth having. Less bombastic than much of their early material, it treads the same ground as In The Court Of The Crimson King and is a beautifully melancholic song drenched in mellotron.

3 songs appear in demo form from Nucleus; the title track, Book Of Hours and This Far From The Sky. Not surprisingly, none of them are an improvement on the album versions but offer an interesting alternative. Likewise with the 2 demo tracks that appeared on A Time Of Day, 30 Pieces and Prince Of The Ocean.

Chapters makes an excellent introduction to Anekdoten for the uninitiated but equally worth getting hold of by existing fans for the unreleased demos and rarities. They're onto a winner with this one.

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Posted Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I'd like to think i'm the biggest ANEKDOTEN fan on this site, there are few bands who move me like these Swede's have over the years. And I think they've been very consistant with their five studio albums, there's not a lot to choose between them. In the press release for this retrospective double album the bands says it has been 18 years since the four of them got together in a small house in the village of Djuras to rehearse for the first time.There are some great pictures in the liner notes, and the packaging is all very well done.

The first disc features the favourite songs from the band members from their last three studio albums. There is also a previously unreleased track called "When I Turn" which was to be on the "From Within" album but they were never happy with the piano on it. So they got Per Wiberg from OPETH to play it the way they wanted it here.This is a song that has really grown on me. I didn't think much of it at first but this is a gorgeous track with Per, Nicklaus and Peter only on it. The vocals just melt me along with the piano. Every song on this first disc is so special to me. I'm so glad that "Ricochet" and "The War Is Over" are on here. Perhaps the two most moving songs for me from this great band. "A Sky About To Rain" from "A Time Of Day" just keeps getting better everytime I hear it. No sense in me reviewing every song on disc one since i've done many of these tracks not only from the studio albums but the live ones too.The four tunes I mentioned plus "The Great Unknown" are my favs from disc one.

Of the 8 songs on Disc two 5 are demos. "Sad Rain" is an alternate mix from the bonus track we hear on "Vemod". "Wheel" and "The Old Man & The Sea" are from "Vemod" and include OPETH's Per Wiberg on piano. The next three tracks are demos from the "Nucleus" sessions. The band says "The creative atmosphere that surrounded these recordings made them far too good to lie collecting dust in the archives". And I must say you wouldn't know they were demos. The final two songs are demos from "A Time Of Day" that were re-worked from these versions.The band notes that the versions that went on the album aren't necessarily better than these demos.

For me an easy 4 stars, too much valuable information, pictures and songs. A must for fans.

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Posted Monday, August 24, 2009

Review by Bonnek
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4 stars I'd like to nominate myself as the second-biggest Anekdoten fan on the archives. I tried hard to get to the top but have to admit Sinkadotentree is miles out of reach!

At least I'm fan enough to find the whole idea of an Anekdoten compilation rather puzzling. After all, what you need is all their albums, not just a selection. But as compilations come, this Chapters is one that honours the band in a well judged and respectful manner. The focus is on the last few studio albums which is fine as those represented a more mature and personal style. But the Anekdoten heyday is represented as well, with remixes from Wheel and The Old Man.

The gem to get is Sad Rain, a beautiful King Crimson homage (almost a Starless cover) that was included on certain issues of the debut album. Another rare track is When I Turn, which pays tribute to another Anekdoten hero, namely Peter Hammill. The opening line is almost a quote from A Louse is Not a Home from the Silent Corner album: "Sometimes it's very scary here".

The second CD contains a number of alternate studio outtakes, making this compilation not only suited as an introduction to the band, but also a treat for fans. Let the demo tag not scare you, these versions sound every bit as good as the originals, they aren't that different from the studio versions but have the focussed energy of a good live performance. Especially 30 Pieces gains power from the rough edges.

I'll join the crowd with another 4 star recommendation. As compilations come this is a very professional and respectful one.

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Review by Gatot
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4 stars An excellent CD for Newbie

I have got this double CDs for moths already and I have always thought that I have put some words about this compilation CD in this site. But in fact, I haven't. That's why I am trying to write it down here. As you might have noticed, I have written reviews about this band with their previous albums. Most of the reviews I always acknowledge how great the Anekdoten music is. Even though sometimes I got confused with another band called Anglagard but the two bands have differences despite commonality in the vein of music they play. It's not really because ANglagard music is harder to digest compared to Anekdoten

First off, this CD summarizes the band's 18 years journey of their musical career starting with a music heavily influenced by King Crimson and then they seek for thair own style and sound even though there seem still there even until the latest album. I think with such relatively long history they deserve to issue a boxed set like this one as well.

Second, this compilation serves excellently as an 'inception' CD for those who have never heard Anekdoten. For those of you who miss the mellotron sound of 70's, this might be the answer! I don't think there is something special or complex, chord-wise as well as overall composition of the album. The critical point is the ability of the band to create musical nuances throughout all tracks in the album by exploring mellotron sound, bass guitar, cello, drums and wurlitzer brilliantly! Top notch music!

According the band's site, this album comprises songs of their favorite. Unfortunately, my favorite track "Hole" from "From Within" album is not incorporated here with this CD. I am a bit disappointed, actually. "Hole" really killed me the first time I listened to it. What a nice yet simple music they provide for the hungry listener of this sort of music! IMHO, this track itself is enough to justify that this album should be in your collection. Especially the hard core fan of early KC, it's a satisfaction guaranteed deal!! Opened with a dazzling simple chord of mellotron (swear! The intro of this track is early Crimson stuff!!) plus other instruments as background, followed by an immediate silent as to open the gate for vocals part to start. Observe how the voice starts beautifully with Hammil's kind of heavy voice "I wonder why I let time slip by unconcerned .." oh my GOD! This is very nice! The whole track is well written. Keep on proggin' ...!

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4 stars Best album for new fans, not the best one for freaks I am a deep ANEKDOTEN fan, and I have all albums of them, except this best album. Well, if you have all the albums, you do not need to buy best album, naturally, but I have a reason. That is because this best album is missing some of their ... (read more)

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4 stars I will start off by saying that this is not a new full-length CD - though all of you probably know this because of how progarchives organizes albums into their proper categories - but instead a kind of 'Best of' album and an extra disc that contains mostly demos of songs already available on other ... (read more)

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