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3.86 | 38 ratings | 6 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Waking Up Screaming (14:20)
2. Traveller (7:09)
3. Out Of Darkness (7:57)
4. Still Raining (1:11)
5. Mists (3:16)
6. Frost (8:13)
7. Perfect World (7:07)
8. The Long Goodbye (8:45)

Total Total: 57:58

Line-up / Musicians

- Miff / vocals
- Glen Sanderman / guitars
- David White / keyboards
- Patrick Darlington / bass
- Richard Jordan / drums
- Martin Orford / flute
- Kelly Hudson, Clive Nolan / additional voices

Releases information

Cd. Verulavium Records VRCD MF 003
Japan 1996 release: Belle Antique - Belle 96256

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MORIA FALLS The Long Goodbye ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
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Review by lor68
2 stars I'm sorry for my low rating, but I think of the new progressive wave in England and I'm disappointed about it!! It lacks of fresh ideas and originality as well...Pendragon doesn't represent an exception within this poor music scene!! Perhaps IQ only in the recent years tried to give new birth to this genre, which is dying today...anyway coming back to the present issue, featuring Clive Nolan from Pendragon and M. Offord from IQ as a guest star, it doesn't add anything new or diverse in comparison to such UK new prog genre nowadays!!

The present album contains a lot of common places and usual breaks through in the vein of Marillion (these latter were already regarded as Genesis' clones) and this fact brings me to a certain sadness!!However if you like the melodic flute excursions by M. Offord, without any particular complex music passage, even appreciating the gentle approach by the unknown female vocalist of the band, you could choose this light album;otherwise you can stay away from this usual music territory and choose something more original or complex!!

Review by Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Wow! Very good neo prog band from England! Moria Falls debuts with an excellent CD that is a pleasure to listen to from the first hearing. Very creative and with lots of good songs. As one should expect from a prog band, the musicanship is superb, with many guitar\keyboards solos, duels, interplays. Miffs vocals are really different from most neo prog outfits and it works very well through the record. Ok, one may say nothing here is very original. So what? You don't have to be original to be good and vice versa. And Moria Falls proves this point: their songs are very good and the arrangements make the whole CD flows without a hinch all the way through, from beginning to end.

If you like neo prog, with strong Pink Floyd overtones, this one's for you. I'm looking forward to get their second CD. Highly recommended!

Review by tszirmay
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4 stars In the much smirked sub-genre known as Neo-Prog, there are, like in most musical categorizations, the leaders with discographies and the one shot wonders. So you have your Arena, Pendragon, IQ, Marillion, Pallas, Galahad, Magenta, Satelitte etc..and then the hidden gems such as ICU's Now & Here, Skeem and Quidam's debuts and this very tasty album from English group Moria Falls. Inherently the difference between good Neo and the sludge that sometimes gives it such a black eye, is the quality of the melodic content and the able delivery of the emotion that should go with it. "The Long Goodbye" starts with a long hello and a damn good one, to boot, as "Waking Up Screaming" is a 14 minute + piece of progressive genius, a deliberate build-up with swirling keyboard colorations setting the table for the soaring guitar driven theme, with lead singer Miff deploying some excellent set of pipes (a huskier version of the Gabriel mould) in sustaining the drama, with guitman Glen Sanderman showing off some considerable tonal skills as well as some outright technical prowess. The mood changes direction and veers into different (and highly enjoyable) moments of bliss, from some brief harmony vocals to a synth corkscrew that segues into a second vocal chorus that shines with unabashed glow. The piano is used to create slight separations and this only serves to arouse the senses. The bass and drums supply a nervier touch than usually found on neo recordings. A Floydian guitar burst adds even more fuel to the fire, burning like exploding phosphorus and then swooning delicately, seeking and searching. An extraordinary first quarter of an hour highlighted by the most gentle retreat as the curtain falls, blending subtly into the faster paced and also gloomier " Traveller". This piece really sounds like a continuation of the same mood, Miff sounding a lot like Shaun Guerin (who sounded like Peter G) , the twirling guitars spinning a thick web of effect-laden mist, as the mellotrons howl in the background and the rhythm section propelling the edge even further. Keyboardist David White shows off some fine Moog soloing, giving this tune some sass and bite, while IQ's Martin Offord finds himself blowing some fluty kisses. "Out of Darkness" suggests a more gritty approach, guitars squealing uncontrolled, synths trembling and a lead vocal where you can actually picture Miff smiling as he intones his suffered lament. While perhaps a tad more accessible, the main melody is so immensely intense that one cannot help at marveling at the gall. Half way through this colossal gem, the identical theme becomes softer and really exposes the sheer lyrical beauty (the repeated "I wanna see"), culminating in a jaw dropping guitar chaperone that convinces that this is primo prog. "Still Raining" introduces White's majestic piano, a Wakemanesque subtlety that adds even more polish to the craft, a brief interlude as "Mists" swirls in , a short and highly suggestive piece, a platform for the singer to intone again his angst ("I Can Feel the Pain" ) and Sanderman to let another volley rip. "Frost" is another highlight, taking a different verse and adding emphasis by repeating it (such as "I Lose Control"), a tool to pummel the melody even deeper into the brain. The classic Genesis influence is perhaps even more overt here but the passion is there, believe me. Oh, and the swank guitar playing is again noteworthy for its crafty exuberance! While "Perfect World" is an excellent laidback piece, it just doesn't stun me as all the other splendid tracks, perhaps due to the arpeggio-decorated lilt that seems to plod a little, definitely a lighter impression. I personally prefer progressive recordings that keep the pressure up relentlessly, especially towards the final straightaway. This song is just too nice and would have been better suited in an earlier slot but not finding any room there, they put it here. The finale is the aptly penned title piece, with drummer Richard Jordan showing some slick time-keeping, nothing too complex mind you but effective. Miff exhorts gently, the lyrics here being more a propos, a depressive harangue with little rage and even less hope, swimming in outright melancholia, effectively illuminated by a sorrowful axe solo that suggest the pain of the universe, represented by the wall of Mellotron choir. Since their second album "Embrace" had, in my opinion, nothing even remotely in common with this treasured album, "The Long Goodbye" easily qualifies as a no-brainer, heartfelt representative of the supreme characteristics of good neo-prog. 4.5 handkerchiefs.
Review by progrules
5 stars Neo prog is often considered not the most challenging, original, innovative and interesting subgenre. Well, this may be true in a way but at the same time these critics forget about the quality and beauty of this style of music, that is if it's done by great musicians and composers.

And right here we have a great example of how neo prog should sound and if it's done like this I can hardly think of better music. And tend to forget about the often heard criticism. Music (and also prog) is not always about wanting to be challanged for me. Sometimes I want to sit back and enjoy fantastic music.

And then we're in the right place here with Moria Falls. I can't understand why a band with such huge potential has made only one other album so far. If you can write such killer songs and produce such brilliant guitar and keyboard solos then you should do this more often I feel. I don't know why Moria falls called it a day but as it is they are comparable with Ad Infinitum. The sound and style are very alike but Moria Falls is far better in almost all departments. And where I had to give a disappointing rating to Ad Infinitum I feel I have to round up this one. I used to think Clepsydra played the most perfect neo prog but they have serious competition from Moria Falls ...

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4 stars Superb album from start to finish - not a dull track within fifty miles. If you're a lover of neo-prog as a genre, it's all here - top-notch musicianship, great melodies, sensitive vocals, swirling organs, dynamic guitar breaks - (what became of Glen Sanderman? On this evidence, this guy could rea ... (read more)

Report this review (#1462555) | Posted by tbstars1 | Friday, September 11, 2015 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The best album i've hear in the '90!!! This band deliver an excellent example of good neoprog, the style remember me Pink Flyod for the guitar style and Clepsydra or Marillion in his romantic moments for the dynamism of the compositions. This album is very crafted with a perfect balance betwee ... (read more)

Report this review (#866122) | Posted by Aragon | Sunday, November 25, 2012 | Review Permanlink

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