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3.98 | 9 ratings | 2 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Fugitive (8:46)
2. Thing Of Beauty (4:04)
3. The Maiden (5:48)
4. Panamor (5:52)
5. Hunting Extremely Large Animals (2:46)
6. New Horizon/ Protos (9:45)

Total Time 37:01

Bonus tracks 2006 reissue:
7. The Flea (2:58)
8. Variations On A Theme By Iain Carnegie (5:24)

Line-up / Musicians

- Rory Ridley-Duff / keyboards
- Steve Anscombe / guitars
- Neil Goldsmith / drums
- Iain Carnegie / keyboards, percussion, bass, Ukelele (7, 8)
- Nigel Rippon / guitars, cello, keyboards, percussion (7, 8)

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PROTOS One Day A New Horizon ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
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Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A very good band from Chichester, UK, formed in 1977 as a studio duo by high-school friends keyboardist Rory Ridley-Duff (named simply Rory Duff around the time) and guitarist Steve Anscombe.In early-80's they were joined by drummer Neil Goldsmith and the track ''Flea'' was released on the Airship's compilation ''Seaside Rock''.The band started gigging with Nigel Rippon on bass, later helped by drummer Iain Carnegie when Goldsmith's interest in the project was waning, and in 1982 the debut ''One Day a New Horizon'' sees the light on Airiship, recorded only by Duff/Anscombe/Goldsmith without any bass guitar and pressed in the limited number of 250 copies.

The year and place of release always confuses Protos with the Neo Progressive Rock wave in the UK, but this band was actually less aggresive than any of the Neo bands with a very romantic and highly symphonic sound.Some flashy synthesizers by Duff bring to mind the early-80's British Prog sound, but the truth is that Protos used the guitar techniques of MIKE OLDFIELFD, the intense keyboard workouts of GENESIS and the symphonic grandieur of THE ENID, eventually to come up with a style close only to early QUASAR.Atmospheric Symphonic Rock with rapid changes between the instrumental keyboard passages and occasional guitar vibes with a melodic content.The production is far from top notch, but actually this is the charm of these early-80's British Prog rdcordings.The arrangements are mostly beautiful with alternation between lovely, romantic passages and keyboard-based bombastic themes, while the guitar of Anscombe colors the sound with an extreme beauty.

The album has been re-released on CD by the band some 25 years later with a pair of bonus tracks.It contains the early composition ''Flea'', more or less in the same style as the tracks of the original ''One Day a New Horizon'', atmospheric and virtuosic Symphonic/Electronic Rock, while the second one entitled ''Variations on a Theme by Iain Carnegie'' is originally contained in Rory Ridley-Duff's solo album ''Passing decades''.This is an instrumental OLDFIELD-ian attempt of Symphonic Rock mixed with New Age, much based on Duff's keyboards, with a great and elegant mood.

Fantastic band, that desrves some more fame.Intricate and perfectly composed Symphonic Rock in a hard period, albeit not quite original.Still highly recommended.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars 1982, two years before the 'Armageddon' that never happened! Lost amid the putrid dysfunction and social apathy where 3 million are unemployed in the UK, conveniently camouflaged by the Falklands war, the Red Brigades kidnapping of American general, the birth of the very first computer virus (The Elk Cloner) , the Unabomber strikes , racer Gilles Villeneuve dies, 'ET' comes to town and then goes home, Sabra/Shatila and many more events, Time's Man of the Year was the computer! And in the midst of another wide turn in modern evolution, the world of music relied on Jackson's Thriller, Madonna's first single and Abba was at its zenith. Prog relied on the ultra-commercial debut of Asia, but Marillion and IQ would only show up the next year, signalling the rebirth of prog. Things were very bleak and yet, we discover this hidden masterpiece, almost 32 years later! Treasure hunting indeed, as this is not only good, it's phenomenal! As far as instrumental albums with exemplary playing, I have rarely heard anything as shimmering as this jewel: everything is first rate class, from Rory Ridley-Duff majestic keyboards that span the entire analog spectrum, to guitarist Steve Anscombe's slippery guitar style, a delicious mix of Steve Hillage and Bacamarte's Mario Neto and finally some real tight bass and drum combinations , this is a finely chiseled gem , a particular focus is on writing blooming melodies, groups of notes that have a meaning and a purpose, in an overtly symphonic configuration.

"The Fugitive" instantly reminds of some soundtrack movie, with the obligatory chase scene, full of ebbs and flows, pastoral landscapes that glow with sonic maturity, a vibrant 9 minute canvas of picturesque horizons and fragrant details, a lush opener to a masterful opus. Guitarist Anscombe often parallels the synth lines as well as exploding into liquid lead forays that exude both charm and elegance. He has a soft spot for the volume pedal which can evoke the '3 Steves' (Hackett, Howe, Hillage). Yes, the keyboards have that 80s synthetic sound, as if wrapped in some delicate veneer, not cheesy at all but instantly recognizable as a period sound. The playing is truly superb, jubilantly romantic one second and pastoral refreshing the next.

Never before has a title been as accurate as this, "Thing of Beauty" is precisely that! A resounding synth melody that will sear into your brain permanently, I have been humming this uncontrollably lately, as well as pressing the replay button like some test monkey! Crystalline and heavenly, the only negative is that it's too short, could have gone on for another 7 minutes but, hey, no worries, the follow up tracks are all sheer delights!

"The Maiden" shows her age, a typical 80s melody, a jangly theme that weaves, wanders and wastes little time in impressing, Neil Goldsmith's drumming being hyperactive and resolute. The instrumental technique displayed is both complex and ear friendly, sounding like a variation of Genesis' Wind and Wuthering album, especially the non-vocal tracks.

Sleek and immediate, "Panamor" has a bass keyboard melody that gives it a modern sheen, with Anscombe entwining some nice string patterns a la Ant Phillips , providing the ideal setting for Ridley-Duff to caress his synthesizer with loving tenderness. Another fascinating piece that is compelling listening.

The brief "Hunting Extremely Large Animals" suggests another glittering Tony Banks-like keyboard piece, the synths blazing brightly as the drums keep the mood tight and athletic. This serves as a perfect intro for the irresistible epic, the near 10 minute long "New Horizons/Protos" suite, a celestial platform for Ridley-Duff to show all his skills, merging a whole series of melodies and intertwining them skillfully. His piano work in particular has that Wakemanesque quality of speed, elegance and a classical touch that is hard to challenge. Guitarist Anscombe definitely recalls the great Anthony Phillips in combining both acoustic and electric into the mix, flashing a few glittering solos in the process and always at the service of the glorious keyboard onslaught. Dynamic and cinematographic, the arrangement is never dull or directionless, quite the opposite effect is expressed, again with great style and 'delicatesse'. Truly grandiose stuff that needs an appreciative audience.

This 2006 rerelease offers two bonus tracks, with a different crew in Nigel Rippon on guitars, keys and Ian Carnagie on keys, bass. The brief "The Flea" and the slightly longer and more classically constructed "Variations on a Theme?" really does not alter the sound, still clearly in the Oldfield/ The Enid school of Brit sympho-prog.

The shocker is the fact that this delightful album has gone unnoticed and unloved for so long, as it represents the archetypical treasure that fans constantly seek to search out, far beyond all the big prog classics. A major discovery that is thanks to our own Apostolis, whose vivid descriptions brought this to my attention.

4.5 fresh skylines

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