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2.12 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Return of the Nairobi Trio - 5:12
2. Neither Here nor There -5:31
3. Foundwind -5:02
4. Moonskater - 4:19
5. Tropico Blue -3:54
6. Tanah Lot - 5:07
7. Duet for Shar -5:44
8. Include Me Out - 4:46
9. Blue in the Face - 5:28

Total time 45.03

Line-up / Musicians

Chuck Greenberg / Lyricon, saxophones, flutes
Phil Maggini / basses, vocals
Stuart Nevitt / drums, percussion
Armen Chakmakian / keyboards
Charlie Bisharat / electric violins
L. Shankar / double violin
Emil Richards / percussion
Cash McCall / guitar
Ramon Yalas / percussion

Releases information

Released at Earthbeat in may 1992

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SHADOWFAX Esperanto ratings distribution

(5 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (60%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

SHADOWFAX Esperanto reviews

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Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
2 stars Shall I scream now ? Or maybe I'll leave it for the end of this short review. I don't know their previous efforts, but this is one of the worst music experiences I've ever had. There's basically nothing to be interested in.

I think that this album was supposed to be meditating and relaxation music. It's peaceful, absolutely opposite to aggressive feeling and also (now comes main idea) boring to the death and full of nothing. No twists, no complexity, simply nothing interesting.

2(-), because I reserve worse rating for these albums that makes me sick. This makes me dull, desperate for something interesting, but not bad. Frankly, I can't imagine why anyone should want to listen this.

Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars This album starts out in a promising way. Not great, by any means, but promising.

The album is called "Esperanto", after that manufactured language that was supposed to (in it's creator's mind) to become the world's universal language (good luck with that - I bet more people speak Klingon). The first two tracks, possibly in honor of the album title, are based on ambiguous tribal rhythms, with new agey synths filling out the sound. They are not bad, but, in this band's style since they became Windham Hill darlings, very unassuming.

After those two songs, the album reverts back to the new age groove (yawn), emphasizing Kenny G-like soprano sax. The worst offenders are the placid, oops, I mean flaccid songs written by bassist Phil Maggini. That he somehow convinced L Shankar to appear on one song, Tanah Lot, is a miracle (but it doesn't really help).

There are a few more "world beats" that pop up in some of the later songs, but the melodies played over them don't let the songs flourish.

I really hoped that leaving the WH label would allow these guys to break out, and get back to their roots (their first album, "Watercourse Way", was excellent). Sorry.

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