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3.55 | 13 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Spooky (11:53)
2. St. Helga of Argyle (3:19)
3. The Third Machine (11:53)
4. Paul's Overalls Hold Mould (17:30)
5. Boat Alone (We're Not Sailing in This...) (13:24)

Total Time 57:59

Line-up / Musicians

- Graham Epp / guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, trumpet
- Jesse Warkentin / guitar, keyboards, synths
- Scott Ellenberger / bass, trumpet, percussion
- Jean-Paul Perron / drums, percussion, samples

Releases information

CD self-released (2004, Canada)

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MAHOGANY FROG VS Mabus ratings distribution

(13 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(62%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by loserboy
4 stars Now here is an album that just blew me away completely from the start to the finish. The basically unheard of progressive rock jazz fusion Canadian outfit called Mahogany Frog have done it to the max this time. This album deserves a ton more exposure than it has received and would be one of the best albums I have heard in a number of years. Mahogany Frog mix modern music phraseology with the old 70's vibes and sounds to create a truly engulfing wall of sound that sticks for his music lover. There a 4 epic tracks on this album as well and each number is given lots of space to unfold and create its own vibe. Tons of vintage keyboards (Farfisa, moog ?etc?) with deep bass, guitar, trumpet, flute and wonky effects. This is one of those fantastic headphone experience albums as well with excellent soundscapes and tones. Lovers of fusion rock will also likely get off on this band ! Overall and excellent album
Review by apps79
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3 stars An interesting Canadian band,started as a Psychedelic/Jam/Alternative Rock act by multi- instrumentalists Graham Epp and Jesse Warkentin along with bassist Nathan Loewen and later drummer Jean-Paul Perron.Their debut ''Plays the blues'' from 2001 was a mix of the above description,but then the band arised to a seven-piece act with the addition of keyboards and wind instruments.''The living sounds'' from 2003 sees the band introducing these new elements,but still searching for a particular style.The next year Mahogany Frog moved to Winnipeg and were shortened again to a quartet with new bassist Scott Ellenberger with the prog influences playing now a basic role to their sound.''Vs Mabus'', distributed by Teargas Recording Tree in 2004,just confirms the fact.

The opening 12-min. ''Spooky'' is a good Psych/Prog piece with varied guitar work and nice work on electronics,synthesizers and effects.It is followed by the short but very intense ''St. Helga of Argyle'',where jazzy guitars battle with synths and organ in a very Canterbury- influenced track.More from Canterbury inspiration on the 11-min. ''The Third Machine'' and this one is a stunning cut,where I can't help thinking of HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, CARAVAN but especially NATIONAL HEALTH when listening to it plus an evident NUCLEUS vibe.Impressive interplays between organ,Farfisa,piano and synths with the guitars with also a psychedelic start with wind instruments will complete a beautiful experience.The 17-min. ''Paul's Overalls Hold Mould'' is the amalgam of all Mahogany Frog's inspirations.A mix of Psychedelic/Kraut jamming sessions with Heavy Rock and Jazz-Rock with a rich sound,shifting moods and improvisational parts with lost of electronic effects added.A really ambitious and interesting number.The album will close with the 13-min. '' Boat Alone (We're Not Sailing in This...)'' and its respectful electronic/synth effects start,which will leave their place to some nice Canterbury/Jazz-Prog with beautiful work on organ and piano,the already familiar jazzy style of Warkentin's guitar with also some lovely flute passages added,a track which features the best of the album's sudden breaks.

This band should have entered the prog world sometime earlier.But it is never too late at least and Mahogany Frog released some of the most finest Canterbury-influenced Jazz/Prog ever to be recorded by a modern band.Strongly recommended, especially if you are an addict of bands in the vein of CARAVAN,THE SOFT MACHINE, GILGAMESH, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH and NATIONAL HEALTH or artists like BRIAN AUGER snd KEVIN AYERS.

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