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CELLAR REPLAYED

Haze

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3.37 | 10 ratings | 3 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Night (7:00)
2. I Fear That I'll... (1:11)
3. Survive (5:38)
4. Portrait (3:47)
5. A Firkin Of Mead (1:00)
6. Take Me Home (4:20)
7. Aardvarks Anonymous (1:59)
8. Turn Around (4:04)
9. Unto The Dawn (7:20)
10.In The Light (3:36)
11.Dig Them Mushrooms (4:54)
12.Anonymous Aardvarks (0:28)
13.Seven Stones (6:11)
14.The Exiles Song (8:19)
15.Seven Stones (live) (12:11)
16.Aardvarks reprise (1:51)

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Line-up / Musicians

Paul Chisnell / drums, percussion, vocals
Chris McMahon / bass, keyboards, vocals
Paul McMahon / vocals, guitars

Releases information

Released on Gabadon Records as "Cellar Replay" in 1985. Rereleased in expanded form as "Cellar Replayed" in 2000 by Cyclops (CYCLUB 007)

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HAZE Cellar Replayed ratings distribution


3.37
(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(10%)
10%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Team
4 stars The best of the three 80's studio albums

Originally released in 1985 and re-mastered for CD in the year 2000, Cellar Replayed was Haze's second full-length release. There is however very little indicating the time of its release as it does not have a typical 80's sound at all. Apart from maybe some of the keyboard styles, there is very little that connects Haze with the British Neo-Prog scene of that decade. This sounds more like coming out of an earlier era. There are touches of Nektar, Strawbs, Genesis, Barclay James Harvest, Camel, and even Black Sabbath. The sound of this album is occasionally heavy, occasionally psychedelic, occasionally folky, occasionally symphonic, and often all these things at once. The recording is admittedly a bit rough around the edges, but the music is consistently good. Though, while hardly a work of sonic perfection, I find its relative roughness quite charming. Underneath the somewhat raw surface, a set of compelling songs can be found.

I actually knew most of these songs before from the excellent 30th Anniversary Shows double live album recorded and released in 2008. The songs featured on that live album that originally appeared here are Turn Around, Portrait, A Firkin Of Mead, Unto The Dawn, In The Light, and Seven Stones. The latter is a superb Genesis-like song. A Firkin Of Mead is a wonderful folky instrumental piece featuring flute and acoustic guitar. With the exception of Turn Around which is a rather average rocker, all of the mentioned songs are very good ones. But I must stress that the recent live versions are even better than these original studio recordings. The two McMahon brothers, Chris and Paul, are very good songwriters and here they present a consistent set of songs. There is an appealing mix between rockers and ballads and between songs and instrumentals. The keyboard-driven instrumental Dig Them Mushrooms has a Tony Banks/Clive Nolan feel. I Fear That I'll... is really just a mood-setter for Survive and the two Aardvarks pieces are short bluesy instrumentals that add little value to the album. But they also do not distract too much from the nice flow of the album.

In contrast with the other two Haze albums from the 80's (all of which have now been reissued on CD), Cellar Replayed mostly avoids the straightforward Blues Rock, Pop Rock, and Funk Rock numbers and concentrates strongly on the progressive side of the band. As such, it is clearly the best of the band's three 80's releases. Sadly, despite all their talents, Haze have remained an underground act to the present day. In my opinion, they certainly deserve much more attention from the Prog Rock community.

The CD version also contains some bonus live tracks. The aforementioned Seven Stones and The Exiles Song are both excellent but the sound quality on these live tracks is sadly not very good. The eight minute plus The Exiles Song starts with an emotional vocal over acoustic guitars and flutes and develops into a full blown Rock affair. I very much hope that this superb song will be re-recorded by the band in the studio, it really deserves it!

This album has very obvious merits, and despite some imperfections I think it deserves a higher rating. However, beginners should probably start with the aforementioned 30th Anniversary Shows live album which features improved versions of many of these songs and is certainly an even better release overall.

A very good album by an unfairly overlooked band!

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Posted Friday, September 03, 2010

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Neo Prog Team
3 stars Despite the release of their first ever LP and the relatively good success many UK Neo Prog bands were tasting in mid-80's, Haze still struggled to come on the surface regarding their promotion, remaining a pretty underground band yet with a solid fan base.However they toured the whole UK, gigging endlessly and in 1985 another one of the many cassette releases of Haze entitled ''The cellar replay'' sees the light.

Surprisingly the trio of Chris McMahon/Paul McMahon/Paul Chisnell returned with a stronger sound than on ''C'est la vie'' and it wpuld be quite unfair if this album had been lost in time.It was fortunately re-released in CD format by Cyclops under the title ''Cellar replayed'', featuring four more tracks and resulting a 16-track Neo Prog adventure.The sound of the album is quite raw for most of its length, typical sound of many underground UK bands, mixing more straightforward tunes with somewhat symphonic-oriented Progressive Rock definitely with the flashy edge characterizing the Neo movement.And while the rockier parts in the vein of early JADIS or JUMP were strongly presented on ''C'est la vie'', the more symphonic-inclined style of the band was pretty much hidden on their LP.Haze even deliver some good acoustic passages and add flute parts in some tracks to sound heavily influenced by GENESIS (just listen to the similarities between ''Turn around'' and GENESIS' ''Afterglow'') and their style on these tracks follows a secure but very delicate Symphonic Rock led by sensitive guitar work, a mix of synths and organs and some very beautiful vocal work by the trio.The Neo Prog fundamentals though are still present.Guitars alternating from fiery riffing to emotional solos, a pounding rhythm section and more aggressive vocal lines.But this time the band blended nicely this style with an elegant symphonically-adjusted side to perform in a more varied situation and finally earning good respect.

Thanks to the Cyclops' team the listener will have the opportunity to taste another rough but inspired Neo Prog experience with a balanced sound and a variety of atmospheres and approaches.Recommened, especially to fans of underground Neo/Symphonic Progressive Rock.

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Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Team
3 stars Surely, Haze are one of the best-loved British prog bands, although I have studiously managed to miss all of their gigs since they reformed. In the Eighties, they appeared to live on the road, bringing prog to the masses. Their first album release was a cassette called 'The Cellar Tapes' which came out in 1983. Having sold all of the copies, and having gained a new drummer in Paul Chisnell they decided to go back into the studio in 1985 and re-record many of the songs for a new cassette, 'Cellar Replay'. Therefore, what I have in my player is a CD remastered reissue (with some extra tracks) of the 1985 re-recording of the 1983 album!! Confused?

This is very much like going back in time. The band have moved on a great deal since 1985, and even classics such as "Dig Them Mushrooms" (which was originally recorded for a single in 1981) sound quite different today. It is not an album that I would suggest that someone new to Haze should go for (get the superb, wonderful live album instead), but is one that anyone who has ever heard them should get immediately.

Originally appeared in Feedback #60

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